Tricky rascal raspberries

Nanna says some colours are really tricky to photograph – especially if they’re blue hues.

Boo hoos!?!

Haha, Nanna says it’s enough to make you wanna cry, the way the camera turns pink things red or orange but not bright dark pink like the real wool she was knitting with.

She says the wool of the scarf she’s made for “Operation Brighten” (we told you about that last time) is a bright raspberry pink.

Last year when we were staying at Nanna’s house, before we moved to South Korea, there was a raspberry bush in the orchard; that’s what they call down the back where all the fruit trees are. Late one night, Granddad heard a noise at the back door. When he went to see what it was, there was Big  Brother coming inside again… with red on his mouth.

”Nanna was asleep,” said Big Brother, “so I went in the garden and ate some raspberries!”

Nanna and Granddad thought it was very funny. But after that, the back door was locked very tight. Continue reading “Tricky rascal raspberries”

Snuggle hugs & “Operation Brighten”

Since Nanna’s last post, she and Granddad have been to visit us in South Korea. We miss each other and it was lovely to have real snuggly hugs instead of talking on the Skype or WhatsApp. They stayed for two weeks, but are home in New Zealand now. Here’s Little Brother wearing a scarf Nanna knitted. (Nanna says he’s a cheeky monkey!) Nanna says she’s been knitting something that combines two fun ideas: a boomerang shawl covered in freeform knitting and scrumbles! It’s for “Operation Brighten“, a challenge for the Creative Fibre Wellington area members, to create colourful winter clothing … Continue reading Snuggle hugs & “Operation Brighten”

Another Gorgeous Scrumble Shawl

Nanna says she’s really happy with her snuggly scrumble shawl. We knew it would be blue! (And purple. And a bit of bright green.) When she wore her shawl to church, Nanna says, lots of people admired it! That made her happy! She says she’ll take orders, if anyone wants her to knit one for them. It’s not to everyone’s tastes, says Nanna, but if you like big and bold and totally unique, scrumbles are great! And if you get tired of it, you can make it into a carry bag and even felt it. Continue reading Another Gorgeous Scrumble Shawl

Colours of the ocean for a friend

Nanna says she couldn’t think what to get her oldest friend for her birthday. Then she said she’s not the oldest friend she’s got, but they’ve been friends for over 45 years, and we think that sounds very old. In the end, Nanna says she decided something “handmade with love” would be the best present, and because her friend spends a lot of time fishing and sailing, she’s knitted it in colours of the ocean. On one side, the scarf ends in a V or triangle shape, and on the other side there are six steps, one for each decade. We … Continue reading Colours of the ocean for a friend

chunky blue rug

Nanna’s working on a rug now. This one isn’t for us; she’s using leftover wool that people don’t need, to knit a warm, chunky rug for kids whose Nanna or mum can’t knit for them. Sometimes their mum or dad can’t look after them and they go to stay at someone else’s place – sometimes in the middle of the night – and need something to keep them warm. There’s more about these kids at Foster Hope. She’s nearly finished then she’ll be able to knit things for you to buy. Maybe you’ve got little kids who’d like a woolly rug, but … Continue reading chunky blue rug