My quilting thoughts and inspirations sprinkled with a glimpse of life down on the farm

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

A no-sew weekend

To be honest, a no-sew weekend doesn't happen very often around here, but this last weekend I had the perfect excuse to keep my needles and threads idle.
The MOML and I spent 4 nights away ... we went on a road trip to visit our daughter, ED, who is now living and working near Wellington. It's a long way from the top part of the North Island where we live to the bottom of the North Island but we had a great time, the trip was well worth the hours spent in the car.
Wellington put on fabulous weather for us so we were able to get out and about a lot :-)
The MOML and I on ED's front fence.
No it wasn't rain I heard in the night, but ocean waves!
Both mornings we went on lovely walks to exercise the dog - and ourselves.
"Fetch the stick" games (if you look carefully you can see the wee dog).
Of course we had to visit ED's work - sadly the photo doesn't show her
'Dr' status which is on the door :-)
(Sorry, proud parent moment!)
A visit to Te Papa (Museum of NZ) was a great idea also.
The Gallipoli Exhibition was worth viewing.
The larger than life models were incredible and the
exhibition very moving.
We did a little more than walk the dog and visit the Chiropracter (etc) and on route we also visited YD, Mum, some old uni' friends and squeezed in a bit of shopping...but we came home feeling refreshed and rested so that was great!
And you all know I cant keep my fingers still for long so I was happy to while away the hours in the car with some crochet projects. I made two of these African Flower pin cushions... wee gifts for a couple of special friends :-)
And started this project too - I have a lot of scraps of wool so wanted a blanket/afghan pattern that would use a fair bit of it up...I think this lazy waves blanket will keep me going for a while, it takes me ages to do just one row!

 Mum must have known I was on a scrap-crochet mission as she'd sorted out a basket of 'bits and pieces' wool for me —
And I was extra happy that it came in this basket that Nana made back in the
70s when she was in her basketry phase - my kind of family heirloom!
One last photo - I offered to teach ED to crochet (yes, my job as a mother failed miserably as I'd not taught her in the past) and she had quite a nice little time doing it. She did decide she liked doing rings with double crochets (sc? in US terms) and making the rings one on top of another so we decided she was a free form crocheter!
And here she is the next morning proving that I really did 'teach' her as she
remembered how to do it!
See you next time,
happy creating

39 comments:

Sew Quilt Designs said...

What lovely views there in Wellington and so sunny. Sounds like a good family get together :)

Karen S said...

This looks like you have had a lovely time. Love the idea of your daughter's house having such a beautiful water view. Such a lovely spot. How perfect to spend several days with your daughter.
Lovely work with all your crocheting and teaching your daughter as well.

Julie said...

Looks like the perfect weekend in Wellington. So nice to catch up with your daughters.

Susan said...

Looks like a lovely long weekend away. It's nice to have a little break from sewing sometimes, and what better reason than visiting family. Your daughter is doing so well.

Chookyblue...... said...

sounds like a great weekend away.................

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Looks like a fun weekend... Always good to see the kids xx

Gretchen Weaver said...

Sounds like a great time away from the farm. I've been trying to convince my farmer to seasonal milk so we can get away too but after 40 years, well, I just don't think it is going to happen.

Michelle Ridgway said...

So glad you had a lovely break away...great photos! Love your pincushions and very pretty new blanket project xx

Connie said...

I'm delighted that you got away and had such a lovely weekend. I love the photo of the houseboats . . . what an amazing way to live.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

sounds like a great short vacation - going from one end of the island to the next you must see a wide variety of things. I bet it is beautiful. I do know how to simple crochet but haven't done so in a long time. I have always done a shawl or couch size blanket in one or two colors as I do not know how to do complicated patterns - isn't it a bother to keep changing colors and how do you tuck the colors together so the strands don't come loose - that is something I am not goo at - I tend to stick to quilting.

Needled Mom said...

It sounds as though it was a lovely no sew weekend. It was nice to have so many visits along the way too.

Chantal said...

How lovely that you were able to get away. The pictures you posted of Wellington beach area are just stunning. Of course you must be proud of your daughter with her wonderful practice. I also crochet when I am in the car. I feel like I don't have enough control of the needle on the bumpy road. I do baste EPP pieces on occasion but generally I crochet. I love your new afghan! Glad you are feeling rested!

Doreen Auger said...

I try to keep my weekends a "sew-free zone" but it is very difficult! You accomplished this wonderfully!!! Beautiful photos of all!! AND "proud Mama" moments are a MUST!!!!!!!

Sheila said...

Sounds like a perfect weekend , seeing some lovely sights and time with family , what could be better . Loved the photos ! How nice for your daughter to have you teach her to crochet. Your crochet is lovely so she had a great teacher .

loulee said...

Looks like a lovely break. Might have to make me one of those blankets. Is the pattern on ravelry?

Janet O. said...

Looks like a lovely getaway! Beautiful scenery, family times, and an heirloom in the bargain (love the basket). Beautiful, accomplished daughter--you have every right to be proud!
Your crocheted afghan is very pretty--I love the wave design and the changing colors. Has been a couple of decades since I have crocheted an afghan. Cute little pincushions, too. : )

Linda in Calif. said...

What a wonderful trip you had - and lovely pictures too! I bet you are proud of your daughter - she so pretty - and obviously smart.

Joanne said...

How wonderful! Great views, it must be a beautiful place for her to live. Lovely 'crochering' too.

kiwikid said...

Wonderful long weekend for you!! What a beautiful place your daughter lives...nice to wake up to the sound of waves! You have every right to be a proud Mum, your daughter has done really well! it is always good to spend time with family...sure are spread out!! I hope to get to Te Papa one day, I am told it is amazing. Love the crochet pincushions....and your blanket looks wonderful....makes me want to get a hook out!!! My Mum went thru a basketry time too....no heirloom baskets though sadly.....wonderful to teach your daughter to crochet! Thank you for sharing!

Mystic Quilter said...

Pleased that you enjoyed your break away and you certainly packed a heck of a lot in!!
Wellington did turn on a beauty for you!

marina said...

looks like a great weekend...
such lovely scenery.
your crochet projects look lovely too, very interesting blanket design.
How lucky that you have your nanas basket to treasure

Fiona said...

how lovely... I love those huts by the beach around Wellington... what lovely crochet you are doing... it's great to have a car friendly craft...
Hugz

Fiona said...

ps .. i love the basket... very special to have that

sunny said...

What a lovely time away! Your daughter lives in a beautiful area. I love the basket you brought home.

Julie said...

Gosh what a long way from your place right down to Wellington Raewyn, If you had gone past my gate, I could've put the kettle on :-) Looks like you had a lovely time. Gosh your daughter has soon picked up how to crochet - you should see my feeble first attempt !!!!

Julie said...

p.s. I forgot to say --- yes I would've been skipping with delight over that new/old basket too :-)

Sue said...

A long drive but a nice one. Rather impressed with the view from your daughters place. Be proud of your daughter, you made her into what she is today!!!

margaret said...

sounds like a fun trip and so lucky with the weather too. Good to see the crochet hook came out and Ed managed to do some too.

Starr White said...

Wellington is such a beautiful place! I have a dear friend who lives not too far from there in Waitara. Would love to see it in person one day!! Happy for you to have enjoyed such a lovely stress free weekend.

Lara B. said...

Wellington looks so beautiful! And so is your ED - and obviously so smart too! The whole trip, as well as being able to visit along as you went sounds like heaven. Glad you had such a marvelous time! Raewyn that scrappy wool lazy waves are already making a wonderful blanket! And that was so sweet of your Mum to give you your grandmother's basket full of of wool.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Looks like you had a great time!

Leeanne said...

Wellington! such a cool place to visit..........it is a long way though, I hope you had lots of coffee stops along the way. You chose the right time to go, it must have been after all the rain. Mmmmm crochet, i hope your daughter is a better student then I was :-).............basket love going on here!

Rebecca in AK said...

Sounds like a wonderful trip! So great see your daughter and other family. You have every right to be proud! I know it took your daughter a lot of time and hard word to achieve her goal. Like every one else I am admiring your basket! What a treasure!

Doniene said...

wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!! So glad that you got time away and got to see family!! Your daughter is so lovely - reminds me of you!!! How is mum? So nice to have some more yarn and a bonnie basket to boot! I've been on a knitting spree. Working on my second set of mittens - just need to do the thumbs on both pair then I'll post a photo!! I've been wanting to get back to posting, just can't seem to get my act together!!

Keep me posted about the babies! I'm excited to hear!!

Hugs and blessings from Texas!

Karen H said...

The scenery is absolutely beautiful. It is so nice to be able to share your skill set with your daughter. I did the same with my daughter and knitting. I too am admiring the basket - I'm sure you will treasure it!

Wendy said...

That looks like a wonderful weekend, great you got good weather! All your crochet projects are lovely, you are very good with your blankets!

Lin said...

What a beautiful harbour picture. A great weekend and some pretty pincushions. xx

Raewyn said...

Hi Gretchen, yes the girls are a bit of a tie aren't they?! Sorry I cant contact you directly as you showed up as no-reply. Thanks so much for visiting.

Ann said...

It looks absolutely beautiful there. Lovely photos.