Saturday, February 4, 2012

Free Friday (yes I know its sunday!)

Sorry everyone, I was waylaid by life - Flash was away wed/thurs night, then friday night we went to a dinner party, so I had no time for blogging (the ice cream making jag was wed/thurs nights so that can't be to blame...really...)
This weekend is a long one in NZ, with Waitangi Day (NZ National Day) being on monday this year (it is always February 6 - which  coincides nicely with my birthday, so I always have the day off!) and we like to celebrate, so yesterday Flash and I spent the day out at the Lantern festival where we enjoyed the Dragon dances, lanterns and queued for yummy chicken satay and coconut rice (my favourite street food), Art Gallery and basically roaming Auckland city enjoying the bustle, ending up at the Mexican Cafe for dinner (don't tell Blaise).
I love the Lantern festival - held every year in Albert park, but I don't trust the safety of my camera in the crowds, so used my iPhone to get this shot - can't wait until Cody is old enough to play in one of these hamster balls!

So, the number generator chose "7" that's Whatu, I'll gift the .pdf to you on Rav.

This week's pattern (choice inspired by the festival) is Plum Blossom, 

here are the specs:
Plum blossom is a simple button up cardigan 
with sweet embroidery to delight every little girl. 
The garment is worked in one piece to underarms and the gently puffed sleeves are picked up at the armhole and worked from the top down. 
The only seams to sew are the sleeve seams. 
Full charts for duplicate st and instructions for embellishments included.
Actual chest measurement (child) 
40.5 (43, 45.5, 48, 50.5, 55, 57.5, 60, 62.5, 66.25, 70) cm/16 (17, 18, 19, 20, 21.75, 22.75, 23.5, 24.5, 26, 27.5)”
Yarn: Sublime Organic Merino Wool DK 
113 yards (103 meters) per 50 grams/1.76 ounces 100% Organic Merino 
2 (2, 3, 3, 4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 8) balls 
4 ply (fingering) weight yarn: small amount in pale pink for blossoms. 
DK weight yarn: small amount in brown and rose pink for branches and buds.
Buttons: 4 (4, 4, 4, 6, 6, 6, 6, 8, 8, 8) 12mm (1/2’) buttons to coordinate with main yarn 
2 buttons that coordinate with yarn used as blossoms
Needles: 3.25mm/US3 60cm/24” or longer circular needle 
2 4mm/US6 circular needles
Accessories: darning needle, 3 stitch holders (or scrap yarn), crochet hook size E/4 3.5mm

To win this  pattern please tell me your favourite street food or street food experience

- please include your Ravelry name or your email address (can space it out to avoid spambots)- I will gift the pattern via Ravelry, if you do not belong to Rav I will email the .pdf to you- winner (s) are drawn sometime on Friday, this means "Friday afternoon/evening New Zealand time"- the winner (s) are chosen by random number generator (I use this one)- you may enter even if you have won before


Jan said...

Happy Birthday! Hope you had a lovely day.

Camera safety? I bought a Sunsniper strap for my Nikon DSLR. It fixes to bottom mount on camera and is based on an old design of a strap for carbine rifles. This allows camera to sit on your hip but slides straight up strap when you want to use it. I usually have a big 18-270mm lens and the strap copes with that. It goes cross ways across body and I find this much more comfortable than around my neck which puts pressure on things there and gives me a stiff neck next day. Strap is well cushioned.

As to safety. It has a metal strip running hidden up the centre of the strap. Sunsniper are so sure it won't be cut that they will give you $500 if it is cut with powerful tool.

I bought mine mail order in Sydney from a place at Crows Nest. I think it was about $65 . I live in Sydney and had mine delivered the next day.

I'd use it even without concerns for safety as I find it so much more comfortable than the Nikon strap which came with camera. Lots of info on the net.

Jussi said...

awesome tip! thanks Jan, I've found them online, much cheaper than buying from the local stockist...

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday!

My fav street food has to be lamb souvlaki from Dimitris at the Arts Centre in Chch ... mouthwateringly delicious!
No longer at the Arts Centre (sob!) but you can still find their caravan at events around town. Bliss!

missmuffetnz on Rav

KathyR said...

What a great time you had! Street food? Not something you get, as a rule, where I live except during the few larger "fares". Not being one to enjoy large crowds I don't go to these often but I did enjoy a venison steak a while back at the Strawberry Fare.

Debbie said...

Happy Birthday Justine!

Caroline said...

favourite street food experience was in Tokyo several years ago. Lots of drummers and amazing food.


Anonymous said...

Street food?!? Now why does that seem like such a thing of the past... haven't had much street food since having kids. But my all time favorite has to be the paninis and pizza we'd get on the street in Italy. Not ALL of it was the best but some of it was just so dang good! Thanks for the chance!

waldomd on Rav

Saisquoi said...

Best street food was found when I lived in Japan. Man with the hot chestnuts, I MISS YOU! I also cannot find squid on a stick anywhere near me. HEAVY SIGH.

Of course, street food in my hometown includes lobster rolls, so I should probably just shut my trap :)

Mimi Makes Memories said...

My favorite street fair food is
sausage, peppers, and onions, on a
hoagie type bun...I get one at every festival and every fair I attend...may be an addiction.
Love the peach blossom sweater.

MimiMakesMemories - ravelry