Tuesday, November 29, 2011


Just when I thought everything had completely died away with the penguin project TV3 cropped yesterday wanting a follow up story.  Huge ups to them for following the story up & here's hopefully it sparks even more Flip sales & more donations to the fund!

View the story Here.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Come Together.

Mum & I travelled to Nelson for my cousins wedding.
The last month really has been a blur.  All things penguin has consumed my life, throw into the mix Louis starting school (again) and more travel than I have done in 6 months all in all a very busy time.

What has been nice is that this week I have been able to take stock a little, rest, reassess & pause to prepare for the festive season ahead.

Firstly a recap on the month that was:
Penguins, penguins, penguins.  I was interviewed by Google NYC a couple of weeks ago about the entire event & they challenged me to 'Google' it & have a look at what was out there.  I finally plucked up the courage yesterday.

This is what I found on You Tube, great story.  I knew nothing about it despite featuring in it (looking like Shamoo) - no wonder dozens of jumpers are turning up on my desk everyday!  I honesty have felt a little like Alice falling down the rabbit hole into Wonderland.  What is great now though, is that the Skeinz Penguin Rescue Fund is going great guns, with sales of the Flip Penguins & Jumpers both very strong, boosted by 20c a ball from Urban sales as well.

Catching up with the cuzzies at the Nelson wedding. 
I also travelled to Nelson with Mum for my cousins wedding.  Lovely to get back to that part of the world & catch up with dear friends & family - a lovely start to the festive season.  The family shot up to visit the inlaws in Taupo - one of our favourite places.

The stripy Erika Knight cosy that won at the A&P Show.
I have also managed to knit - not as much as I would like, but I had a mad flurry finishing of projects to enter into the Hawkes Bay A&P Show (and penguin PJ's obviously!).  I was delighted to learn that every entry won or placed, a triumph for modern knitting!  I have had a swathe of samples for work to complete, but am now back to knitting for pleasure & the family.

So what's ahead?  This year Dr. Phil & I have decided to re-embrace camping.  We both camped as children & now that our boys are of an age where independence, discovery & no nappy's are all on the cards the timing seemed right.  That's what I love about the age the boys are at now - give them a beach & they're happy!  I can just see the posts in my future... 'Tales from the camp...'

Friends, Wine, Candlelight - Perfect!
What I also love about this time of year is a chance to casually get together with good friends on a regular basis, sharing meals, enjoying good company, wine, food & just appreciating what we have right on our doorstep. Joy.