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Words & Photography: Phoebe Patterson of Monday Journal

I have always had a creative inclination for making my own clothing or knitting bits and bobs to fill my spare time. I started “journaling" my creations a few years ago on insta and had friends asking if I could make items for them too, and this is how Monday Journal came to life.

I recently relocated from Mount Maunganui down south to Wanaka. My move to Wanaka was the reason I came back to knitting which I had learnt when I was about nine or ten - You come to appreciate warmth of wool when there are icicles inside your bedroom windows in the mornings. Once again it was a case of making items for myself and having friends ask for their own. Everything I make is an extension of items that I need for my own personal wardrobe and I hope others would like for their own.

I try to use natural fibres for all my styles as I love the way they wear over time. The best sundresses are ones you have thrashed and the cotton turns silky soft, or New Zealand mohair and wool that you know will last for years and years and years just like the ones your Nan made.


Scroll on for a collection of images from Phoebe's summer and bit about what her and her pals have been up to over the break. 



Ozma by Shannon and the Clams got played a wee bit on the road.

We spent our summer camping around the East Cape and making our way down to Hawkes Bay. Mornings always started with a swim, followed by a percolator coffee listening to this.



Arataki Beach in Mount Maunganui.

Our friends have a lovely posse on the beach, there’s a picnic table in the dunes and it’s where we like to congregate and spend our days.



Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton.

It’s beautifully written and has great cultural references of 80’s Australia which will have you reading the whole way with a twangy, Australian accent.



On the road with my plus one @woodsequip who keeps me well fed, and @molly.perkinsons who keep me well dressed, what more can you ask for!



Boundary Road - Hazy Pale Ale.

Has to be very cold and tastes best at the end of a big day in the sun.



Lucky Lucky Noodle and fried chilli oil, we put it on everything.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner.



Kaiaua Bay and Opoutere were the standout spots this summer.

They were relatively quiet considering how hectic the summer period can sometimes feel and we were tucked away in our own little paradise.



Potlucks with friends in the dunes, knitting in hand haha.
Knitting comes with me everywhere.