Here I am knitting away on a bus in New Zealand. Once we hit the South Island I got a lot more knitting done because we switched from flying/driving to taking the bus everywhere. The scenery was so beautiful that I spent most of the time staring out the window rather than knitting! But with some nice, easy stockinette in the round to make a cowl I was set to do both. The yarn is the beautiful Hedgehog Fibres cashmere (in colourway Medusa), a present from the lovely stripeycat. It’s one of those special skeins of yarn that I never knit because it’s too gorgeous, afraid I might knit the wrong thing. I eventually decided that it needed to be around my neck to maximise softness and with a simple pattern to show off the yarn. It was such wonderful knitting that it became a very long cowl – I needed encouragement to stop knitting it and cast off!
My other travel FO is a hat, seen here keeping my ears warm as we cruised on Milford Sound, one of the most beautiful places in the world. The pattern is Buzzba by Wooly Wormhead – decided upon for the lovely cosy earflaps that tie on, very important for the wind coming off the Tasman Sea! This is the second hat I’ve knit in Purple Malabrigo Rios, the first went missing very shortly after finishing and broke my heart. Hopefully this one will last longer!
Finally there was lots of Yarn Bombing in New Zealand – especially around the Volcanic and Geothermal Areas of Taupo and Rotorua. This is some at the Mud Pools and Wai-o-Tapu Geothermal Park, which was an amazing place to visit. Knitting in Public also seems to be much more popular in New Zealand. Everywhere we went there were people of all ages knitting. Also there were lots of Hand-crafted items being sold at proper prices – astonishing! Lots of merino clothing too of course. I’m hardly back and already hoping to go again soon!