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About whilemollynaps

I live in New Zealand with my daughter and husband. I take photos, I knit, I design knitting patterns, and I try and live thoughtfully (whatever that means on any given day).

Manuka Mittens

Manuka Mittens were a natural follow-up to the Maranui Mittens. These are different though! They are more subtle, a little more grown up and refined. Manuka trees are prickly things that have incredible pink or white flowers during certain times … Continue reading

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Maranui Mittens

Maranui’s is a fantastic cafe on the water (almost literally – the beach is under the foundations) in Wellington’s Lyall Bay.  Wellington is known for it’s wind and wild weather, and on a family holiday there last year we experienced … Continue reading

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Kowhai Pullover

The yarn for this jumper, the yellowy-mustardy-goldenness of it, fell into my hands at the same time as the blossoms on our local Kowhai tree came out. Kowhai is the Maori word for ‘yellow’ and the Kowhai tree is riotously … Continue reading

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Matariki Baby Blanket

Matariki is Maori New Year, a time when the seven stars of Matariki (known as the Seven Sisters) can be seen clearly in the night sky. I knew right away that the aptly named ‘star stitch’ needed to become a … Continue reading

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Hare’s Tail Bonnet

Along the walkways and dunes of most New Zealand beaches you will find delicate, fluffy-headed grasses growing at the edge of the path, often in the sand itself. This bonnet is named after those deceptively strong seaside-plants, the Hare’s Tail … Continue reading

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A Love Letter to Knitting and New Zealand

Over the next 30 days I am going to tell the story of each of the patterns in The New Zealand Collection and I can’t wait to start! Each pattern is a knitted representation or interpretation about something that I … Continue reading

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Into the Mountains

One of my favourite places in the world is Tongariro National Park. It has every shade of blue, grey, purple and green you can imagine, and the landscape is cold, unpredictable and imposing. So when Heather from T&H Fiber Works … Continue reading

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