Weekend Inspiration – 03

Well, I’m not very good at keeping up am I! I wanted to share a picture every weekend, but it looks like I have missed about a month without even realising it… In fact, I have no idea where the time has gone. Well, I do really – I am hopefully about 3 weeks or a month away from finishing my Master’s thesis, so every day I am in the library staring at sheets and sheets of Excel data. I thought about sorting through photos while it did so, but it takes up so much memory and is likely to lock up as I so much as move the mouse! Unfortunately I forgot my knitting – I had the brilliant idea yesterday that it would be the perfect “waiting for Excel to finish its business” activity. Hopefully today though I will finish the Excel part, and move on to writing – that means less time for idle knitting hands though… 


I see that in my last post I was anxious for Summer to arrive. It has spectacularly failed to do so. I remember one day in Wellington, when the high was 7 degrees and I decided to not leave the house. The one positive note in that story is that it was the dead of winter, but today in Groningen it has hung around 8 degrees, and we are a week and a day away from the official first day of summer! Sob, cry cry. I’ve even had to bring out my lovely alpaca shawl again! Not that I’m crying about wearing it, but at this time of the season?! That’s definitely worth some tears…


Anyway, here is a little sunshine and inspiration. A tiny garden of very bright flowers in amongst the concrete.






Weekend Inspiration – 02

You can tell that I am desperate for the summer to arrive. One thing that I absolutely LOVED about living in Germany was the abundance of berries. We have some in New Zealand, but nowhere near the amount (and cheap price!) of those in Germany. I just about survived on blueberries and cherries for a while there. These are some blueberries (Heidelbeeren) and raspberries (Himbeeren) at a stall in Hamburg. I stayed in Hamburg for two weeks for a course, and every morning and evening I would walk past this tiny fruit stall with all the gorgeous coloured fruit on full display. 



Weekend Inspiration – 01

I take a lot of photos of patterns, colours, shapes and generally anything that inspires me. I thought that it might be a nice idea to start sharing a few of those photos here, and explain what it is that drew me to whatever it was that I photographed. I’ll try to post one or two every weekend. I hope that they can bring some inspiration for you too (not limited to knitting, of course!).

This is a picture that I took in Hamburg last year, while I was there for a conference. It is a  swirl of tiled colour, at the entrance to a restaurant (which also had delicious curries!). I am always drawn to flurries of colour like this, but that doesn’t necessarily translate into my knitting, since there is quite a difference between what I like to look at, and what I like to wear (especially since my hair is already a rather bright orange…). I also love the organic spiral pattern, which contrast nicely with the square tiles it is made of. All around lovely!