How did we get to week 11 already? FATW3 has swept over us like an ocean wave…just like a Ngaru Moana (phonetically: Naaroo Mowaana) which actually means ocean wave in Maori.
Ngaru Moana was designed by Maxine Sutherland who tells us she was thrilled and honored beyond words to be asked to design a square for FATW3. “Being amongst such amazing and recognised talent is a “pinch worthy” moment,” says Maxine. “I am grateful to Laurene for the invitation and to Claire for her unending patience with my pattern edits :).”
“The oceans surrounding the beautiful North and South Islands, of the country that I lovingly call home, New Zealand, Aotearoa (phonetically: A-O-teea-row-a), is what inspired me to design this square and where I got the name from. The sea is what brought the first inhabitants to New Zealand, and I love the cultural significance of it.
My hope is that you will love making this square as much as I loved designing it for you.
Whakawhetai ki a koe – my gratitude to you!”
Check out our post on yarn requirements here. Here’s what the testers used for this square:
Lynette: Worsted/Aran, 152 grams
Marjolein: Stylecraft Special DK, 36 grams
Silvana: Herrschners Worsted 8, 98.9 grams
Aprille: Stylecraft Aran, 92 grams
Claire: Stylecraft Aran & Boyes Aran, 98 grams
Micki: Worsted, 119 grams
Additional Pattern Info
Pattern Location: Ngaru Moana/Ravelry
Video: Ngaru Moana/YouTube
And now, I’m afraid I have to share some unfortunate news regarding the videos for the rest of the CAL. As you know, after our first videographer became unable to continue with the CAL due to time constraints from other projects, we were committed to finding someone else to work with. We were thrilled when Bonnie Barker stepped in and created several videos for us and we are truly grateful. Bonnie’s videos were very well received but she is now finding herself in a position where she, too, can no longer commit to the large amount of time required to create the videos. We really hoped to be able to bring you videos for all the squares but it looks like that just isn’t going to work out. We feel terrible! I can tell you that we will have videos for 5 more squares as those will be created by the designers for the week. Please know that we will continue to provide support and help you through any questions you may have. Be sure to follow the weekly questions post for assistance. We are so sorry that we have had to come to this difficult decision, please accept our apologies.
Don’t forget the extra three rounds you’ll need to do around each square to prepare for joining and finishing your blanket. Here is the link for directions on adding the extra finishing rounds.
This will be necessary to get your squares to the proper ending stitch count. It will vary slightly from week to week because the squares vary in ending stitch counts so be sure to follow the directions for each square. You may choose to add these extra rounds now or later.
I don’t know about you, but I’m really enjoying learning a little more about our friends from other countries. Have fun with this weeks square! Sending Ngaru Moana of love to you all!!
Don’t forget to post your pics on our Facebook page. See you next week!