Friday, March 30, 2007

The Hungry Caterpillar

Wow, who knew caterpillars could eat so much in a week. This is how the Swan plant looked last Saturday...

This is how it looks six days later...

The caterpillars have doubled in size too...

All the commotion surrounding the Swan plant attracted the attention of Tess who was most interested in the caterpillars. I hope she loses this interest soon!

I'm going to buy some more Swan plants tomorrow (ones without any caterpillars) to keep these fellas going!

While they've been munching, I've been stitching...

My OH doesn't like this design, and I can understand it isn't to everybody's taste. It is a 'busy' piece... but I just love it. The colours are gorgeous and it is quite intricate. I think once it is finished I am going to be very happy with my first mystery sampler.

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

Saturday, March 24, 2007

A new Kiwi, and new friends in my garden

Yay, my OH received confirmation today that his New Zealand citizenship has been approved. We'll be advised of a date for the official ceremony later on. We both now have dual-nationality (NZ and British), so we're a couple of happy little campers. It just means he has more freedom, doesn't have to keep paying for re-entry permits every few years etc. It perfectly tops off a great couple of weeks we've been having.

Today we had lunch at a garden centre, followed by a wee wander. I just could not go past the Swan plants... and bought one home with seven caterpillars on it. Don't worry if you're not familiar with Swan plants - the caterpillars are supposed to be there! They will, hopefully, munch their way through most of the plant and turn in to beautiful Monarch butterflies (which are declining in numbers in New Zealand, if recent reports are anything to go by).

After reading up on Monarch butterflies some people keep the plants indoors to maximise their chances of survival. This could be an interesting indoor 'hobby' (for want of a better word), and I'm already thinking about some kind of indoor enclosure to keep the cats away from them.

Here are another couple of photos from my garden. This is simply known as the 'New Zealand Flax'. Some of ours didn't flower this year, which I presume was down to the late arrival of summer.

This is a Toitoi, a flax like plant with sharp leaves (hence it's other name 'cutty grass'). Although it is a huge New Zealand icon, it is in actual fact a South American plant.

I placed an order this week for a whole bunch of threads from the States (WDW, GAST and Crescent Colours) - I can't wait for them to arrive! They're all for charts I already have. I feel another order coming on soon (love the new Blackbird Loose Feathers design 'Their Song')... but in future I am going to buy charts and the required threads together. I've had charts lying around for a couple of years that I've been meaning to order threads for (since they're not so easily obtainable and more expensive in NZ).

Well must dash, we've got visitors arriving in 20 minutes for a BBQ - and here I am on the net! :0) Hope you're all having a great weekend!

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Long Dog update

We took my parents out for dinner on Saturday, and my Mum says to me "have you finished your mystery sampler yet?". ROFL! If I finish it by this time next year, I think it will be good going (for me).

Carol left a comment on my last post about snow in New Zealand... she's right, we don't see much of it around here (southerners might disagree). I love snow, although I'm sure if it snowed regularly I might soon change my mind. :0)

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Another little weekend finish

Thanks for all your comments on Whale House. I decided to stitch this little Heart In Hand snowman over the weekend, and finished it off into a wee pincushion (to practice my finishing off). It turned out kinda cute, but I need to be more consistent with my tension when sewing the pieces together. Maybe next time I'll try adding some cording.

Well, it is goodbye to summer. Daylight savings ended this weekend, and we've had some yucky weather this week... but oh well, next summer will be here soon enough - and think of all the 'good' stitching weather I'll have before then. LOL.

Hope you all had a good weekend.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Whale House

A small weekend finish...

Bent Creek's 'Whale House'

I think I'll finish it into a little pillow, using a similar finishing method as the biscornu. I just realised too... I haven't attached the snapper! It goes between the roof and the whale.

If anyone wants to swap another Bent Creek chart for 'Whalehouse', I'd be very interested (especially if you have Barnyard, Stockyard or Homestead to swap). My email is in my profile.

Hope everyone has a great start to the week.

Friday, March 09, 2007

Moving along...

at a moderate place is my mystery sampler...

I've been doing a little knitting, making the most of the good weather and the last of the light evenings (bye bye daylight savings on the 18th... sniff sniff sob sob).