Early this month, I have been in a packing frenzy for a trip out to New Zealand. I couldn't decide if I should bring a crochet project with me or not and which hook to bring: my favorite Clover Soft Touch hook or the cheap Boye Aluminum hook? Well, after finalizing what goes into my hand carry suitcase and my backpack for in-flight essentials, none of my crochet projects made it to either bags. Because all the online forums are somewhat vague as to whether or not crochet hooks are allowed. Some had their hooks confiscated and some didn't despite it being obviously used for a project. So to keep all my hooks safe, I decided to not bring any which was a good and sad thing. Sad because the lady sitting to my right was able to bring her knitting with her and she was working on a pair of mittens. And good thing because I didn't really had that much time for crocheting as I was reading or sleeping most of the time during the flight. And while in New Zealand, I didn't have time either. Too busy taking tons of photos during the drive (to everywhere) and too tired by the end of the day.
We didn't suffer from jet lag this time around thanks to Melatonin pills which we took right after the first meal is served. When we landed in New Zealand, we were awake and energized when we should be awake and we went to bed right when we should be sleeping. And we did the same thing going back to Colorado. Actually, we didn't want to leave New Zealand. It was that wonderful over there. People were driving at the speed limit and if they're going a bit slower, they keep to the left lane (slower lane) and they actually use their turn signals all the time! Totally the opposite of drivers here in Colorado for sure. Public restrooms are clean (everywhere) and there's a lot of drinking water fountain/water bottle filling stations. They really encourage people to bring their own reusable water bottles to minimize the impact of plastic on the environment. Thank God I brought my 16oz Bubba ceramic lined vacuum insulated bottle!
On the last full day, we stopped by a yarn store called Tauranga Knitting Centre and the owner was so delightful to talk to. Of course, I had to buy some yarn and I did. Looking back, I now wish I had bought more of the Sirdar Snuggly Baby Bamboo yarns. I'll wait to see what Colorado has in terms of alternatives to use with the Sirdar Snuggly Baby Bamboo yarn that I have before I order it online.
Books I've Read Since Last Blog Post
Paris By The Book by Liam Callanan - 03/13/2018
Furyborn (Empirium, #1) by Claire Legrand - 03/18/2018
The Summerhouse (Summerhouse, #1) by Jude Deveraux - 03/26/2018
Puppy - yarn used was Caron Simply Soft Solids, Sage & Persimmon, 100% Acrylic, Worsted Weight, total amount used was 12 yards/6 grams for the Sage & 70.4 yards/38 grams for the Persimmon; used a 4.0mm/US Size G Clover Soft Touch crochet hook, 5.5" tall x 5" wide
Marilyn Sleeveless Top by Kim Guzman - yarn used was Butterfly Mercerized Cotton, color 3225 (taupe), 100% Mercerized Cotton, DK weight, total amount used was 747 yards/375 grams; used a 4.0mm US Size G and a 5.0mm US Size H Clover Soft Touch crochet hooks, finished measurements are for the small size
3rd Attempt Crocheted Socks - yarn used is Patons Big Baby, Aqua Moon, 60% Acrylic, 40% Nylon, 4-ply; using a 2.75mm US Size C Clover Soft Touch crochet hook
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