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...