Saturday, December 25, 2010

Sunday, December 19, 2010

New Camera

Since my old pocket camera "died" I had to buy a new one. After testing my dad's camera for a while I thought I must have a DSLR. On Saturday I came home with a brand new Nikon D3100 with a 18-55mm lens and 35mm lens. So here's a photo splash of my last two days of photographing:


Lai-la-lai Yarnz (blog is in Finnish) Shakespeare club package number two. The yellow is fanasticly soft Cleopatra Fab Lace, 1200m/100g, 70% alpaca, 20% silk, 10% cashmere and the blue-purple one is Tempest Merino/tencel lace, 800m/100g, 50% merino and 50% tencel.


The Nykarleby star. A MUST when it comes to Christmas. No Nykaabi stjäärno - No Christmas.



Bought two gorgeous Christmas star-flowers from a collegue.


Some spinning.


My camera bag. :) It's pink inside and hold both my camera and the second lens.


Aura shawl that only needs blocking. Some day...


"Glögg" a typical Finnish/Swedish christmas drink. In my Christmas mug. I have 6 of theese. All with different motifs. Hm... Something to set up for a photo?


Christmas present?


Stairs to the appartment I will be moving into at some point. If all goes well...

Since I'm so into photographing (of course, with new toys it's hard not to be excited of photographing) I'm thinking of starting a separate photoblog so not to fill this one with a lot of various photos. I still want to keep this as mainly a knitting blog. (As you can see from my last blogpost about My Ponies. :)

Monday, December 13, 2010

My little ponies

Completely non craft-related post. My collection of My Little Pony's.



A flood of memories came when I saw these and my Barbies. The ponies are more important though. They had clothes. (The normal sized ones.) And my aunt and godmother Heli made those for me. Just one set was bought. The big one I remember whining to dad that I wanted one as a birthday present. He said of course no. And when my birthday came there it was! I felt so spoiled. Can't remember which birthday this was, but I was in school. The baby pony and the dragon came in a stable-set. The stable we threw away during mom and dad's move since it was quite broken. But the baby and the dragon is stuffed away with the other ponies to wait for a new player...

Sunday, December 12, 2010

SYTYCK-projekti etenee

Juu, kyllä täällä tehdään SYTYCK juttuja vaikka ei kuulu mitään.

Tämä kasa on muuttunut


tällaiseksi:


Ja siihen lisätään vielä nämä


tai ehkä osa noista vain. Katsotaan.

Ja vanhana kilpailujuttuna piti blogata omasta neulenurkastaan. Tosin SYTYCK projektini ei ole edistynyt neule osioon vielä, mutta tässä minä neulon:


Ja edellisessä bloggauksessa olikin kehruu "nurkkani", mutta tässä oli aikaisempi kuva missä näkyy SYTYCK kehruuprojektini:


Shortly in English: My SYTYCK project is half way spun. I will add some odd beads to it while plying. Then a few photos of where I knit and spin.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Silence...

Just look at this:



No wonder I'm not taking any pictures at the moment. And I haven't gotten anything finished for a looooong time. I have though spun a lot and knitted a lot. I've also bought a bit of yarn and been to Tampere for the Handicraft fair. I'm so happy I managed to get Sarah and Chris over there and to meet them was so much fun. Check out Sarahs blogpost about the trip.

However I borrowed my dad's DSLR which is something like 6 years old. Or read: I saved it from getting smashed during their move. I want one! Here's a few pictures I just taken with it.


My spinning place. The red thingy on the pink chair is a HumanTool. It is actually quite nice to sit on it while spinning. The pink chairs are old 80's chairs from my grandmom that my mom renovated. I just love the pink-black combination and it so does not match the humantool or my appartment (which goes in brown and green).


What I'm spinning. Something purple. Don't ask what it is or where I got from. Probably from someones stash in Ravelry. Thinking of plying this with some other pink yarns.


My Christmas party nails. I got home last night at 2:30. Woke up today 14:00. I sang karaoke the first time in my life. "Fly me to the moon." I'm not sure I'm going to do it again though.

Have a nice weekend and relaxing pre-holiday times! I'm sure I will blog some more now when I got a fun camera borrowed.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Moomin mother is knitting

Just look. There is evidence.

And I survived my first spinning class yesterday. As a teacher. Think I converted 5 people into spinners. :) 7 totally in my class. I just have to work on the two others a bit more.

And so that this won't be a pictureless post here's some from my Shetland trip in August. More will come in due time.





Monday, October 18, 2010

Mousie

Hello, My name is Mousie. I'm a bit whimsical.



My ears are not straight up and parallell and neither are my eyes.



But I can stand on my back legs!



I'm filled with scrap yarn and a lovely girl called Maja adopted me immediately when I was done.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

"Small" Pumpkin and other Autumn signs

In September I asked my dad to bring me "not the smallest, but not the biggest pumpkin" they have. This is what I got:



23.2kg! I microwaved it, cut it into pieces and pureed it in the oven. The seeds I roasted. I've eaten pumpkin bread, pumpkin soup, pumpkin this and pumpkin that.



My freezer is still filled with pumpkin in different "modes".

Another autumn sign is when you can see the spiderwebs due to the raindrops.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Viimeisiä päiviä vietetään

Lueskelen muitten SYTYCK-ihmisten blogeja ja huomaan että sunnuntaina pitäisi jo aloittaa! Panic! Öh, mikä se mun haaste oli? Ainiin, Disco. Olinkohan ajatellut siihen jotain? Ehkä tätä?



Juu! Eli pinkkiä sekoitepussia kehrään langaksi hopean angelinan kanssa ja teen siitä laukun. Lisään vielä jotain helmiä ja paljettia jos sitä löydän sopivasti jostain. Ainiin, Hollywood viikojen aikana piti harjoitella jotain. No enhän minä sellaista tehnyt enkä varmaan muutenkaan ehdi, vaikka oli harjoitusmateriaaliakin.



Taidan ottaa tuon mukaan retriittin (Huomenna lähdetään!) ja katson jos siellä saisin tuota aloitettua.

I'm going to spin the pink fibre-bag + silver angelina to something Disco-like yarn for the So You Think You Can Knit-KAL/contest. From the yarn I will knit a bag. I'll probably add some beads and other sparkly stuff if I find any of that stuff at my home. The Jamieson's bag kit was to be a practice-bag. But the competing-part of SYTYCK starts on Sunday!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Hollywood Viikot 27.9.-16.10.2010

Sain haasteeksi .... Discon! Kääk, iik, what? Näin SYTYCK blogissa lukee:

"Bling, bling! Seurasitko aikoinaan silmä tarkkana Usvasalon neuleita? Jos sen lisäksi muistelet harjanneesi mohairkarvoja pörröön… ja jos edelleen olet erilaisten efektilankojen perään, olet takuuvarmasti disconeuloja! Glitterisäihkeet ja paljetit piristävät minkä tahansa neuleen! Vaikka tänään ulkoisesti oletkin neuloja 2000-luvulta, niin sydämesi sopukoissa kaipaat sitä vaaleanpunaista hattarapörröä 80-luvulta…"

Vaaleanpunainen hattarpörrö on ainut joka kuulostaa hyvälle tässä. Mitäköhän minä keksisin? Jos ostan tampoonilankaa, tms ja neulon siitä serkuille huivin niin se on liian helppoa eikä minkäänlaista haastetta. Tekisi mieli kehrätä jotain blingblingiä ja neuloa siitä jotain pientä. Mutta mitä?

My challenge in "So you think you can knit" is Disco. Blingbling-yarn and 80's style. I have no idea what I will be doing. Buying some blingbling yarn and knit a scarf is too easy. So I thought I would spinn something. To be continued...

Friday, September 17, 2010

SYTYCK - Luuletko että osaat neuloa? - So You Think You Can Knit?

I'm participating in a KAL-type thingy called So You Think You Can Knit. This is in Finnish so my blogposts concerning that KAL/contest is only going to be in Finnish.


Osallistun SYTYCK:iin joka on KAL/leikkimielinen kilpailu jossa "tanssitaan" neuleidemme kanssa.



Oma lajini on baletti. Pitsiä, huiveja, kaunista, herkkä... Melkein kaikki projektini Ravelryn jonossani ovat jonkinsorttista pitsiä. Huiviprojekteja löytyy varmasti yli sata ja huivilankoja löytyy kotoa joka sorttia. Kyllähän minä neulon muitakin asioita kun pitsiä, mutta pitsi, ja erityisesti pitsihuivi, on sellainen projekti jonka aina löytyy sohvan projekti kasasta ellei jopa käsilaukustani. Huivi on mahtava matkaprojekti ja kun se on valmis se on melkein kun koru. Kaiken tämän lisäksi olen vuoden miettinyt että haluaisin aloittaa aikuisbalettia. Sain äsken kuulla että sellainen löytyy täältä kotikaupungistani, mutta valitettavasti lauantaisin jolloin olen hyvin harvoin kotona. :( Ehkä ensi vuonna?

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Shawlette KAL by Lankakomero

Go and have a look! When 22 persons have finished the previous clue she will post up the next, so it's up to the participants how often the clues will come.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

A little peek into my Shetland trip

Or more like a peek in our humor level.


A shtory by Sharah and Malin. Moshtly created during Shaturday evening on the ship when everybody elshe wash ashleep due to sheashicknessh or tirednessh.

Oh shit, The Shetland sheep shoap shop* is shut. Luckily there is more shetland shoap on the ship's shoap shop for shoap shopper with sheashicknessh. If you need to go to the ship's chief shurgent with shcalpels and shcissors remember to tak shingle malt shcotch wishkey and shetland sheep shoap as a cure for your sheashicknessh and shinglesh. "I'm sho shorry", shaid the sheaman to the ship's cheif shurgent. "We don't have shingle malt shcotch wishkey or shetland sheep shoap in our ship shop for shoppers, but there ish shetland shterling shilver jewllery by the shilver shmith Sheila Fleet, shetland shweets, shilppers, shpiderman shpray shtick, shkincare, shalted chipsh, bathsalt, chardonnay, shiraz and shauvignon blanc wine'sh. You can alsho go to the ship'sh chinema to watch Shex and the Chity or Shrek. Or you can shleep in the ship's cabinsh in niche sheets and take a nice shower." Under the shtairsh you find a shilver shwedish shwiking with a shilver sharp shword.

* is actually only Shetland soap company. I added the sheep because it fitted so well.

Pictures and more stories to be posted later.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

My stash

First of all. MOM! Go away, you don't want to see this. *shew*
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My stash is at the moment spread all over the floor. I'm looking for my inspiration. It's gone. I started with this yesterday. Took all the yarn from my closets out on the floor.



I left the good ones on the shelves for now.



But not for long. This is what I have now:



I'm participating in KYH (KesäYön Hullutus, SummerNights Madness) where we start one new project every day from 1st of June until midsommer day, which is 26th of June this year. This means 26 projects will be started between these days. And they should be done by end of July. I will post some day a separate post with all my starts and if I've actually finished something...

Mom, dad. If you read all the way here, remember, I warned you. Don't come nagging to me that I have too much yarn.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Post posts about posts in blogs with nice posts...

This is soon becoming a blog where I post posts about posts where I'm included. However, in Hillevis blog you can read in Swedish that I was in Stundars (the local outdoor museum) spinning again. Both yesterday and today. Hillevi writes in Swedish, Finnish and/or English, depending on the audience she expects the post to have and/or how she feels that day. She's my spinning idol and one of my travelling partners when I go to the UK in August. :) More about the UK trip later. It's going to be soooooo fantastic, a lot of knitting and spinning and chatting.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Rhinebeck 2009 - proof that I was there

Haven't posted much anything about my Rhinebeck trip in October 2009, but what better way to show it than thru a video podcast. Here in episode 74 of Let's Knit2gether. In 2:45 and 3:29 in the upper left corner you will see me first having a coffee and then smiling at the cameras.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Yesterday

I tried to get Sara, 10 months to speak "Wollmeise". Check her out here.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

My grandmas and me...

I've been lucky to have two grandmas that are/were both handicrafty persons. (That's why I usually say my handicraftness-madness is a genetic fault.) This post is about my dad's mother. Elli has been dead for more than two years, but I still feel strongly connected to her. Perhaps emptying their appartment has brought up more memories and new thoughts about her. The eastern will be spent continuing to empty the appartment. Both she and my granddad have lived through and fought a war, seen misery that I cannot even begin to grasp and lived a looong life together. This is probably why they were such "hamsters" and saved everything, I mean everything. About 10 years back when I decided to sleep over at their place they found somewhere a toothbrush for me that I've used as a kid over 10 years before. No need to say what I did with that. Some things isn't perhaps anything to be joyful over (like the toothbrush or old underwear), but some things are just treasures. I managed to escape the whirlwind that my aunties and mother were a couple of weeks ago when cleaning out one (!) of the basements, but I wasn't left without things.



A silver thimble with proper silver stamps. Old books like Eeva Haavisto's "Sata Kansanomaista kuviokudinmallia" without the covers, cross-stitch book, weaving book "kutokaa itse kankaanne" and Baden-Powells "Tie onnellisuuteen" ("Road to happiness"?, Baden-Powell is the founder of scouting, if someone didn't know and I'm almost equally fanatic about scouting that I'm over knitting). An old Arabia cuttingboard. A brown-yellow 60's vase by Riihimäki. My grandfather got this as a present -69 from his employer, luckily his first name is Martti, so the initials on the vase matches mine. :) And I also got a wooden tool for making hardanger (?) or english embroidery, can't remember which.

What I haven't been able to photograph just yet is a crocheted curtain my grandmother made. I will steam it and hang it in my kitchen window, so I will put a separate post on that when it's all done.

Here's a picture of grandma and grandpa. Grandpa, Martti, Taata is now 90,5 years...



More treasures expected after this weekend. And I will make a post over my other grandma as well. She is over 80 years and is still weaving and knitting a lot.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Knitting weekend

Some girls arranged for the second time a Finnish Knitters retreat in Päivölä. And there I was, for the second time. It was a fantastic weekend with long days, much laughter and talking. And little sleep. The change to summer time took one hour away from the weekend. :( But we didn't allow it to spoil our moods. :)

The first thing that was handed to me was an amazing exchange package.


Just look at these things! Chicken run needle pillow, eco-coffee, whitechocolatedrink, Wollmeise (!) and one bigger and one smaller pouches. Totally amazing! Thank you! Who ever you are. I'm really bad at guessing...

I didn't take that many pictures, but here's a few. I mostly spun some lovely green fiber. Perhaps merino/bamboo blend. I have no idea. But it spun up lovely and the green-yellow shade is amazing! I was so amazed over my Ladybug that I've had for a year now that I even sat almost 30 min just threadling my wheel. :)


Other people spun as well. Notice the fantastic Mario wheel behind the fanastic Majacraft Rose wheel.


Here's another picture of it.


And there were "some" yarn as well present.


My face is a big smile and I'm happy to go to sleep in my own bed. :) Good night!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Yarn jewlery.

Getting ready for a knitting weekend. The weekend isn't before the end of this month. :)

Friday, March 12, 2010

Packages...

When the systems at work break down, the car does it's yearly break down (every year something breaks, last year it was the breaks, this year it seems to be the cooler) and all things seems to fall apart, packages in the post office is definitely a must. Yesterday I went to pick up three mails from our central post office. One was a coffee package for dad. It was delicious Kaffa Roastery coffee. (Pages only in Swedish and Finnish, sorry.) It is two Swedishfinnish guys that have started their own roastery in Helsinki. They select the estates, bean mix and roasting grade themselves. Their coffee is delicous and you can even get a coffeeletter that gets you their coffee mailed to you once a month. Via Crema.fi. (Just as a side note. Not a paid commercial. ;) )

The other packages were mine! All mine! :) First of I won for the first time in a blog competition. This was in Eevus blog Siistiä ja tarkkaa. I got some fantastic Wollmeise Hortensie. In this collage I also have included the two Wollmeise WD packages I received a week (or two?) ago. Eevus skein is the one furthes in the top left picture and the one in the right middle one. The other ones are Kurbis, Maus Alt, Stella Polaris and something I don't remember right now.



Then I received some dishcloth yarn from the UK/US from my friend Sarah: Horti Honey’s Blog of Yarn, Plants, and Life



And some stitchmarks for a KAL we are participating in togehter, the Evenstar Mystery Shawl. These should be enough! :) I just have to make the swatch and then cast on. It seems to be a really beautiful shawl. (Ravlink) I have some Natural Dye Studios Angel-yarn reserved for it in lovely pale purple/lilac. Baby alpaca, cashmere and silk. Yummy-yum!



Saturday, March 6, 2010

Blog pause ended?

I've now had a longer pause in my bloggning since I have been thinking of what to blog about and for whom. Today when posting in Ravelry I found the need to link to a few blogposts and I realised that this blog is more or less my handicraft diary and I'm bloggning mainly for myself. If someone else likes to read and look at the pictures, the happier I am.

I've been knitting and spinning a lot, during the last months. But I'm not going to post all of it here. I have a few projects though that I want to share.

My last summers big project that I was crocheing mainly at our summerhouse. This picture is taken back home though, since I had to finish it at home after the summer had almost gone and the season for beeing at the summerhouse was over.


Then I knitted my first something of my own handspun.


A cowl. A bit funny size, but I probably will use it now in the spring and take better pictures then.


I've also started a Wollmeise stash. This is not my whole stash. Only my Nth package. ;)


And spun some laceyarn that I gifted in a swap. Merino/silk 80/20 that was 33om if I remember correctly. 2 ply, worsted draw. Colourway cinnamon? I have two tops of this wool in blues and reds and my fingers are now itching to start them. What a perfect summerknitting it would be to make a shawl out of them.


For the Ravelympics I knitted this shawl to my mothers friend:


I won't post any details here. Those I will keep in Ravelry. However, if you are wondering about something, just comment and I will answer.

Speaking of shawls. I have 469 patterns (16 pages) that I've queued in Ravelry. 5 pages (about 150 patterns) are shawls, scarfs, cowls and such. And I need desperatly more mittens, socks and hats. :) A funny equation. The winter has been cold here in Finland...