Category Archives: Travel

Travel to various parts of the world

From New Zealand to Lace

Last week, Anne Hanson was the speaker at the Rochester Knitting Guild.  It got me excited about lace knitting again.  However, I am not letting myself get started on one of her beautiful designs until I finish one UFO.  In itself it is really great- however I am a little tired of it.

We went to New Zealand several years ago.  Knowing they have more sheep than people, I packed lightly so I could bring back yarn.  The first yarn I bought was on the North Island in Rotorua at the Agrodome.

After the Wool Show, I could do nothing but buy yarn.  It was beautiful, soft 2-ply yarn – enough for a wonderful sweater.  Later in the trip, we visited a wool farm with colored sheep (unusual in NZ) on the Otago Peninsula outside of Dunedin on the South Island.
They sold yarn spun from their own wool.  Again, I had to buy after meeting the sheep.  When we got home, I used the colored yarn first to make a sweater for my husband.
I used a pattern from Debbie Bliss Traditional Knitting, one of my all time favorites.  Then I started on mine, got the back and fronts done and put it down for about a year.  Well, I want the sweater for this winter – so I am on the last sleeve.  The pattern is from the same book.
I am on the last sleeve – only three more increases.  Then the saddles for the shoulders, the front band, and I’m DONE!!!  Then I can get on with one of Anne Hanson’s beautiful lace scarfs.
By the way – New Zealand is a wonderful place.  Visit when you can!!