Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Retriitti (kuvarikas postaus) - Knitting retreat (a lot of pics!)

Viikonloppuna oli suomalaisten neulojien retriitti Päivölässä. Ja kuten arvata ei tämä retriitti noin 50 naisen kesken mikään hiljainen ollut, vaan puhepälpätystä oli vaikka muille jakaa.

This weekend there was a Finnish knitters retreat in the middle of Finland. And you can imagine that about 50 ladies are not that quiet...

Siellä ostettiin lankaa ja villaa. Ja oi mikä väriterapia läjäys!

There was purchase of yarn and wool. What a fantastic splash of colours!

Ja siellä oli ruokaa. Tämä on vain meidän herkkupöytämme.

And there was food. This is only our snack-table.

Ja me kehrättiin.

And we spun.

Kyllä me jotain neulottiinkin, mutta en näköjään onnistunut ottamaan yhtäkään kuvaa neulomisesta. Sen sijaan tässä on kuva pläjäys puffapojusta joka oli ainut retriitin mieshenkilö ja hänkin viihtyi siellä vain pari tuntia.

We did knit as well. A bit. But apparently I didn't manage to take any photos of any knitting. Instead you will get a photo splash of the only man in the house. And he was there only for a couple of hours.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Home studies

About a month ago we (me and my boyfriend) went to a renovation and home decor fair and I thought I'd share a few photos with you. We (read: he) are renovating his home at the moment. The kitchen is soon done and then we only have three other rooms to fully renovate. Here's a few things I found interesting at the fair.

Smart solutions for filling up a small space in the kitchen.

Or a smart magnet thingy for the yucky dishrag.

Coloursplash. This is actually a watercleaning system.

Another coloursplash. Carpets. Firstly some "liquorice"-style

Then some rags and stones.


I think I want some dots somewhere. Either as wallpaper as here or handpainted. In the bedroom perhaps?

And for all the technical freaks. A heater. It runs on either wood, pellets or even oil! Multithingy.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Sarah's Finland Tour, part 5

Day 6 and 7 of Sarah's tour she got to chill out at Barbro's place while I had to work. I went there on Thursday evening for some spinning and chatting. Friday early morning we hit the road for some more yarnfumes.

First we went to Kauhavan kangas-aitta. It looks quite booring from outside.

But just look what you find inside. This is only a tenth that you can see in this photo of all the stuff they have there! I managed to control myself and came out only with one 250g skein of pig-pink for my boyfriends hat (more on that when I've started it) and some KnitPro cables.

I wonder if this house next door is the old Kauhavan kangas-aitta. And now it just shows to go next doors.

Then we had a quick stop in Seinäjoki in their Taito shop called Rustoopuori.

They had a bunch of handmade stuff there and we just immersed ourselves in the creativity of others. Especially this one I like. They've used white paper-yarn and gold or silver thread and a rose-lace (? rose pitsi in Finnish) tool for making this led-light-thingy.

After that it was time for lunch. We had a delicious lunch at Juustoportti (Cheesegate in English) and looked at the cheesemaking process a bit. Oh, and we bought a bunch of their cheese and other goodies. Sarah and Barbro might have pictures from there. I was just so hungry I totally forgot to take any.

Then the highlight of the yarn crawl of Ostrobothina. Tapion kauppa. Here's Sarah with Barbro, totally unaware of what is inside those doors.

If you ever come to Finland, Tapion kauppa is definitely worth a stop. I mean it is huge. The picture below is showing perhaps 50% of the store.

Here's the Novita corner.

Some colourtherapy by Garnstudio Alpaca.

The mandatory picture of the other photographer.

A peek of what is new and fuzzy. Fun yarn. The colours are fun though!

Sarah's stash enhancement. No, I didn't take a photo of my stash enhancement. I promise, it was respectable, but not quite this colourful.

Then we went back to Barbro's place for dinner. Saturday Sarah and I spent packing and buying nice Finnish things. Like caffeinated Mountain Dew and cloth rollers. (I know, Americans can be quite funny at times. ;) )

It was so great to have Sarah here. Next time I'll see her will be in June for Woolfest. Me and Barbro are flying over to England for our yearly English-Scottish fibre and sheep fix. :)

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Sarah's Finland Tour, part 4

Yes, it was a long and eventful week with Sarah. This is only day 5 of 9...

She managed to come while it was reeeeally cold here. All week. You can see it very well from this photo:

We were out sightseeing Finland's longest bridge, the Replot bridge.

At the bridge there is a café/restaurant/burger/bar-place. I really recommend going there for a burger. You can have a look at the Bridge Burger in Sarah's blog.

After that we hit the Ostrobothnian Museum and Terranova. The main point why I wanted to take Sarah there was to see old spinning wheels and other old tools for handicrafting. Especially this wheel is interesting historicalwise:

It is a castle spinning wheel from the 18th century. Found in Ostrobothina. This is a proof that the castle or standing spinning wheel was found in Finland and it is older than the "normal" spinning wheel everybody recognizes. (I'll probably write more about this later when I've done some more research.) Here's a picture of a "normal" spinning wheel from 1854.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Sarah's Finland Tour, part 3

After visiting Turku we went to Tampere for some yarnshopping! First we hit Lankaidea.


Then we went to Helmimeri for some beads for Sarah's stichmarkers.

More Yummy!

Then we decided to be adventurous and go a bit outside Tampere to Lankamaailma. Here we especially Sarah went a bit crazy and I forgot to take photos from inside. But I promise, it was huge!

We got so lost in the yarnfumes that we missed the train we planned to take back north. So we went for some coffee/tea and dessert.

And this was only the first day of yarnfume inhaling! More to come...