Sunday, February 27, 2011

Sarah's Finland Tour, part 1

As I mentioned in my last blogpost I had my friend Sarah over to Finland for a week. In my next few posts I will tell you (mostly in pictures) about our adventures in Finland.

We started with a weekend in Turku. Sarah got a nice start on her knitting since we first sat 4h in the car while dad drove. Then she got to sit two mornings in the hospital waitingroom while I visited my granddad. But she got to do some sightseeing after that. We started with some grocery shopping (foreign grocery stores are so much fun!), but then we did some historical sightseeing. The Turku castle:





Yes, we did some knitting in the castle, in the ladies craft room to be exact.





I got a bit "wild" with the lights of the castle.











In the curch they had a statue of Saint George. He's the one that killed the dragon and didn't want the princess and half of the kingdom. He is also the saint of the scouts.



There was a display of Finnish silver craftsmen. This was quite funny:



One part of the castle is a toy museum.



Moomin got last year a really huge thing in Finland (Think they had some kind of anniversary.) and the popularity is growing. You can find all kinds of things with Moomin on them, but here you can see the proper old Moomin. Not the animated ones:



Sarah was fed that day with green stuff directly in the morning. And my boyfriend took good care of feeding us. The story continues later on with a visit to the Botanical Garden...

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Friend visiting...

Sarah is visiting Finland this week, and that's why I haven't been posting last week. I've been planning our Finnish yarn crawl week. :) Sarah and I met through Ravelry. She wanted someone to share a room with in Rhinebeck 2009 and told that she has a car available. I had a spare place in my room and wanted someone with a car. = A match made in heaven. :) If I ever have time to dig through my photos I will post something about that Rhinebeck trip...

And talking about Rhinebeck. From J.Knits sockyarn in colourway "Rhinebeck" I made this scarf for mom as a Christmas present.





And these fingerless mitts were added as a bonus for her birthday.



And now off to bed so that I can drive like a frenzy all day tomorrow.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Competitions, swaps and clubs

First of all Salma posted a picture of the yarn-price she won in my competition earlier this year. I'm glad my skein of Wollmeise got such a nice new home. :)

Salma postitti kuvan lähettämästäni Wollmeise-palkinnosta taannoisesta kilpailustani. Kiva että lankakeräni joka keräsi vain pölyä sain noin kivan uuden kodin!

In Ravely I have taken part in a Finnish "everyday swap". Got some card, red and white yarn and Tampere coffee.

Räveltämössä olen mukana Suomalaisten ravelryvaihtojen arkivaihdossa. Itse sain jo oman vaihtopakettini. Ennen pakettia sain pari korttia jotka todella piristivät päiviäni kun tulin kotiin ja löysin kortteja eteisen lattialta.


Vasen kortti tuli paketin mukana, oikea kortti tuli ennen sitä ja vielä tuli kolmas kortti jonka olen laittanut jonnekin talteen.

Paketissa oli myös Sandes Smartia pari kerää Marianne-väreissä.


Josta olisi tarkoitus tehdä lammas lapaset (rav linkki).

Herkkuina oli hieman suklaata ja Tampere kahvia pavuina.


Suklaat hävisivät alta aikayksikön, mutta tätä kahvia maistoin vasta tänään, kuten on tarkoitettu, Turussa... (Turkulaiset ja Tamperelaiset tietävät kyllä miksi.)

Tuhannet kiitokset elhk!

A few weeks back I got a card that there are two big packages (i.e. bigger than letters, called maxi-letters) waiting for me at the post office. I racked by brains that what I've been ordering now again! However there were two club packages that I ordered as Christmas present for myself. One was a sockclub from Puffala and the other was a fibreclub from Tuulia.

Pari viikkoa sitten sain postilta ilmoituksen että kaksi maksikirjettä odottaa postissa. Hermoistuin että mitä hemmettiä taas olen tilannut kun en muistanut tilanneeni mitään! Noh, siellähän oli Äiti-Puffan sukkaklubi ja Tuulian kuituklubi lähetykset. Olin tilannut nämä itselleni joululahjaksi ja iloisesti unohatnut koko asian.

Puffala Sukkalanka värissä Banaanisuklaa. Aivan ihanan keltainen sukkalankaväri!

50% Merinoa, 25% Alpakkaa ja 25% silkkiä. Ja juuri minun värit!