Sunday, January 30, 2011

Happy Birthdays!

Past one and a half weeks two very important ladies had their birthdays. First grandmom and then mom. For them a bunch of flowers.

Mom and dad are fenomenal to get orchids blooming. They have probably ten orchids and they all bloom all the time.

So I sometimes move my orchids to their house for "daycare". :)

And I acctually got some flowers that looked nice in the beginning of January...

Mom likes tulips. And I have to admit, I like them a lot too.

I've been scouting a alot the past two weekends. Paperscouting indoors. Luckily work provided me a chance to be outside a half a day which provided me with this wonderful view:



The place is called Kalles Inn. Very popular for business thingies and weddings.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Winterwarmth

Up here "half way up to Lapland" there is a bit of snow and a bit cold. We've had -30 degrees celcius before Christmas (that we usually get in February) and this week we got 24 cm (the official version) of snow within a night. At some places there was even 40 cm of snow coming down. I thought I had to test my camera what it thinks of snow and a few other functions.

Everything is topped with snow.

The whole landscape is white. Everywhere you look there are piles of snow.

More snow...

After a short walk to the post office and back I was ready for some inner warmth. The purpose of my walk was to get a package of Kaffa Roastery coffee that I ordered last weekend. Some single estate coffee beans moved in with me.

A sample of coffee beans. Yumyum.

The problem is. To drink it black...

...or to drink it with milk?

And in case the coffee is not enought to keep me warm I'm knitting a pair of woollen pants and a cardi for me. The woollen pants are done with Elizabeth Zimmermanns recipy from her book The Knitters Almanac. The cardi is Kim Hargreaves Olive cardy. This one I modified to be knitted from the top down in one piece, instead of in several pieces as the pattern states. I thought I'd tell you more about that in another post.

Woollen pants.

Olive-cardigan in Rowan Felted Tweed yarn in Avocado-colourway.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

The competition has ended! - Kilpailu on päättynyt! - Tävlingen har slutat!

Last Sunday I went and bought six boxes while we were foodshopping with BF. I knew that it wouldn't be enough, but I wasn't sure how much not-enough it would be. (And it was basically all they had.) On Thursday we went again foodshopping in another gorcery store and I bought six more boxes. I got almost everything left in those six new ones, but I had to go on Saturday before the stores closed to buy two more. And I still have my Wollmeise yarn and a small stash in my cellar that isn't in any of these boxes. I would guess that I could fit them in just one more box. So I bought 14 boxes, but I would need 15. However I hope that I will knit and spin so much this spring (Hey, no laughing back there! This is serious business.) that I will manage with these boxes.

My stack of boxes.

When I stack these boxes in in two columns like this the columns are higher than I am. That is, these stacks are about 170cm high.

As the almighty judge I decide that the winner will be one of the ones that guessed 14 or 15. There were five of these answers and according to the online random number generator the number one won. That iiiiiiis Salma! I guess I found who you are on Ravelry so I'll get in touch with you. My guess is that you want something blue... :)

Cup of caffe latte art. In Art Café in Turku...

Kävin kahteen kertaan ostamassa kuusi laatikkoa viikon aikana ja se ei millään riittänyt. Niin kävin vielä lauantaina ennen kun kaupat meni kiinni ostamaan kaksi laatikkoa lisää. En silti saanut ihan kaikkea niihin pakattua, kellarista löytyy yksi pussi ja Wollmeiseilla ja jämälangoilla on omat laatikot. Eli oikea vastaus oli 14 ostettua, mutta 15 tarvitsisin. Ylimpänä tuomarina päätin sitten arpoa palkinnon 14 ja 15 arvonneiden välillä. Random number generator arpoi viiden voittajan välillä numeron 1 joka on Salma! Otan sinuun yhteyttä Räveltämön kautta että saadaan keskustella palkinnostasi, mutta oletan että jotain sinistä lähtee sinnepäin menemään.

Snowbikes?

Jag köpte sex lådor under två shopping varv i veckan som gått. Och ändå fick jag köra iväg sen lördag eftermiddag för att köpa två till, då de tolv tidigare lådorna inte räckte. Så det blev 14 köpta lådor, fast jag skulle nog behöva 15. I denna hög finns inte allt. Härifrån fattas mina restgarner, Wollmeise garner eller en påse som jag har i källaren. Jag inbillar mig att eftersom jag skall sticka och spinna så mycket före flytten att jag klarar mig med 14 lådor. Eftersom jag är högsta domaren i denna tävling så bestämde jag mig för att dra vinnaren utav någon som svarat 14 eller 15. Det fanns fem som svarat rätt och jag använde mig av random number generator på nätet och fick nummer ett som vinnare. Vilket är Salma! Jag kontaktar dig via Ravelry, men jag gissar på att jag får gräva fram något blått. :)

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Just a quick note

The competition is still going on. There are a lot of guesses and they seem to range between 7 and 31 (!) boxes. 31 Boxes is one cubic meter of stuff! I really hope I don't have that much yarn and fibre. I still have no clue myself how many boxes I will need. I bought during the weekend a stack, and I will need at least equally much more. BF has been told to pick me up for box shopping after work... (Nope, he's not surprised about the amount of stuff I have. He's just happy since he can have as much stuff himself.)

And to brighten up your day, a picture of a knitwear shop. Miniature sweaters and sheep. :)

Knitwear shopwindow in Turku

Saturday, January 8, 2011

SYTYCK projektin loppukertomus

SYTYCK-projekti alkoi kivasti. Ilmoittauduin baletin tanssijaksi. Rakastan pitsiä ja huiveja ja toivoisin olevani yhtä sulava kun kansallisoopperan balettitanssija. Tyllihamekaan ei olisi pahitteeksi. :)

Haasteeksi sain pahaa aavistaen Disco tanssin. Toisaalta pidän kyllä "vanhahtavasta" discosta BeeGees tyyliin. Night Fever, Jive talkin', Stayin' alive ja You should be dancing soi taustamusiikkina. Yeeah!

Materiaalit projektiini löysin helposti ja myös harjoitusneuleen. Meni kuitenkin niin kun aina, eihän nyt harjoitella mitään kun on paljon kivempaa mennä heti tanssin pyörteisiin mukaan. Ja aloitinkin sitten langan kehräämisen ja sain kun sainkin sen aika hienosti kehrättyä.

Yksi säie

Ja kertauslankaan sain pujotettua helmet.

Toinen säie helmillä

Ja sain kerrattua.

Valmis lanka

Siis sain kerrattua yhden rullan kahdesta ja sitten loppui aika. Mutta ideoita miltä pussukka näyttäisi on kyllä ollut. Tässä tämän hetkisen idean luonnos.

Luonnos

Koskakohan tämän saisi valmiiksi? Juhlia on tulossa vasta syyskuussa.

My So You Think You Can Knit project didn't exactly go as planned. Timewise at least. The yarn is spun. Half of the yarn is plied with commercial yarn with beads. The draft of what I'll be knitting is drawn. When will this be finished?

Friday, January 7, 2011

The first competition! - Ensimmäinen kilpailu! - Första tävlingen!

Next week I will buy X number of 31 liter plastic storage boxes for my yarn and my spinning fibre. Since I will be moving in the spring I need to find alternative methods of storing (instead of having it all spread out on the floor) all my fibery goodness (as Megan would say in her podcast Stitch it!). Now I need you to guess how many boxes I will need for all the stuff! The one that guesses right, or closest, will win a fibery price from my stash. The price will depend a bit on the winner, but it will be fiber or yarn. If there are several persons who guesses right I will randomly choose one from all those answers.

This is how you enter this competition. You comment on this post how many boxes (in full numbers and I will not mix yarn and fibre together) I will have to buy. If you have a blog, please link to this competition (the more the merrier). International competitors welcome! Last day for entering this competition will be Saturday 15th of January.

Lace candle

Ensi viikolla tulen ostamaan X määrä 31 litran muovilaatikoita lankoja ja kuitujani varten. Koska olen todennäköisesti muuttamassa kevään aikana minun pitää löytää vaihtoehtoista säilytysjärjestelmää (lattian sijasta siis). Sinun tehtäväsi on arvata kuinka monta 31 litran laatikkoa tarvitsen lankoja ja kuitujani varten. Voittaja on se joka on arvannut oikein tai lähiten oikein. Palkinto riippuu voittajasta onko se lankaa vai kuituja varastostani. Jos oikein arvanneita on useampi arvon heistä yhden voittajan.

Näin osallistut kilpailuun. Kommentoi tämän postaukseen kuinka monta laatikkoa (täysiä numeroita koska en tule ostamaan puolikkaita laatikoita :) tulen tarvitsemaan. En tule laittamaan samaan laatikkoon sekä lankoja että kuituja. Jos sinulla on blogi, ole ystävällinen ja linkitä tähän kilpailuun. Viimeinen päivä osallistua tähän kilpailuun on tammikuun 15. päivä.

Cat in the window

Nästa vecka kommer jag att köpa X antal 31 liters plastlådor för att förvara mina älskade garnhärvor och spinnings fibrer i. Eftersom jag antagligen skall flytta i vår så behöver jag fixa fram alternativ förvaringsmetod (och inte spara allt på golvet). Den som har gissat rätt eller kommit närmast vinner antingen garn eller spinningsfibrer (beror lite på vem som vinner) från mitt förråd. Finns det flera som gissar rätt så lottar jag en vinnare bland dem.

Så här deltar du i tävlingen. Kommentera i denna bloggpost hur många lådor jag behöver. (Hela lådor, svårt att köpa halvor.) Har du en blogg så hoppas jag att du länkar hit till min blogg så blir vi riktigt många! Sista dagen att delta i denna tävling är lördagen den 15e januari.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

The Knitting Year 2010

A photo composition of my Knitting Year 2010:


It's all in all 48 photos! One from each project I have in Ravelry. Two projects are actually missing since I don't have photos of them. Both of them are vests.

My excel says that I've been knitting (or weaving or crocheing) 7kg 226g. Which is quite the same as the year before (7kg 960g). So I haven't slowed down. :)

13 scarfs, shawls or cowls
10 socks or slippers
7 hats or headbands
3 blankets
2 pairs of fingerless mittens
2 shrugs
1 pair of mittens
1 cardigan

and a bunch of other small stuff.

The projects I'm most proud of are:





I finally finished two shawl long-time runners. The brown Springtime Swirl I knitted over 16 months and the green Aura shawl I knitted for an equally long time.

The one I use the most is this:



My brown cashmere Minimalist cardigan. A looooovely cardigan that fits me great and is soft and cozy. 100% cashmere yarn from "Riku" aka Colourmart.

The most interesting project last year was:



Dad's bowler hat I croched out of old video tape. It wasn't fun to crochet, but I think the final product was quite fun.

All in all this recap of 2010 tells me a few things about my future. I need more cardigans, pullovers, mittens and hats. What I have on my needles doesn't tell the same story. Four shawls or scarfs, one pair of woollen longpants, one cardigan and one UFOed summer tank. I need to start more projects!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

A new beginning...

My new year was quiet and nice. Here's a collage of mine and BF's "night out".



Thoughts about my bloggning
I've been thinking a lot of what to post here in my blog. I started blogging as a journal for my finished objects. But that part Ravelry has taken over. It's just so much more convenient to list my FOs there. So there went that idea. Then I thought what kind of blogs I liked. When I'm not in a hurry I often read a some of the text, but if I'm in a hurry I will just look at the pictures. Which is nice since now that I have my new camera I'd like to post more photos. However there are other interesting stuff to take photos of than handicrafts. "Gasp! Really?" I thought of starting a new blog for my photos, but I would definitely not have time to update two blogs.

The other thing I like with other blogs are that they update quite regularly. Like once a week.

And the third thing I was thinking of was which language to use. My mothertongue is Swedish, my other main language is Finnish, so both, either or? But then I have friends who don't speak Swedish or Finnish (eventhough they are getting better at it) so English is a must there.



So this is 2011 in this blog:
I will post an entry once a week, at least. I will have photos (or collages as in this one and the Christmas one) of different things, but the blog will be mostly about different handicrafts. They are a big part of my life! Though some things non-handicraft will of course be shown and told. The main language will be English, but for events/KALs/things related to Finland/Finnish/Swedish I will do the post in that language, but I will always post a short English text with them.

Spotted on the street
Someone has a true Christmas spirit. The sign says "Christmas or death". The blue mailboxes are new for this year. They were already set up last year for Christmas cards, but will be used for slower (or was it faster?) mail starting from February.

Joillakin on oikea joulutunnelma: