Stash busting · Weaving

Branching out

Lately I’ve become interested in weaving. I have some small looms now but my very first attempts were made on DIY looms – cardboard and twigs.

This was my very first branch weave attempt. I found the branch while walking in the woods. It’s a perfect Y-shape and it’s thick but small. Training wheels of the weaving kind, if you like.

Also, I thought that weaving could be a great stash busting activity. Can’t say that this particular weave busted much of my stash but it got rid of very small amounts of yarn; short lengths of just a meter or two, which are too short for almost anything else. But the main thing is, I enjoyed doing this!
Branch weaving

Happy knitting weaving!

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Knitting · Mittens · Outdoors

Fingerless mitts

I have never ever knitted mittens, fingerless or otherwise, on two needles. Until now. I don’t know what made me try.

Fingerless mittens

I had tiny balls of some nameless yarn. I knitted two rectangle pieces, did the seam and left a little gap for the thumb. Done.

These fingerless mitts are ok but I have to say that I do prefer knitting mittens in the round – doesn’t everyone? Unless, of course, there is a reason why they are done on two needle, like these. I want to try and make those babies one day.

Fingerless mittens

When out and about, I often have fingerless mittens in the rucksack. I swap my proper mittens to fingerless mittens when having a break. This way the hands still keep relatively warm but the grip on a mug is a bit more secure. Also, easier and tidier to hold on to one’s muffin!

Break

Happy knitting!

Jumper · Knitting · Kool-Aid

Ickle hoodie

A long time ago I dyed a batch of yarn with Kool-Aid. I still had some red coloured yarn left, which I thought would look nice on a little girl. I found a nice pattern for a hoodie in a Finnish magazine (Suuri Käsityö 5-6 2010 pattern 16). The yarn used in the pattern was Debbie Bliss Ecobaby and I’m guessing the pattern is also by Debbie Bliss. However, I could not find it online. I made the size 74cm, which should fit a 6-9 months old. The hoodie is caftan-like and quite long with slits on the sides at the bottom. The hood is quite tall and pointy. The neckline is a nice v-shape.

Hoodie

My Kool-Aided yarn was Novita’s Florica in white. This is now a discontinued yarn, sadly. It’s nice and thin but still warm, being 100% wool. Nice thing about tiny peoples’ knits is that they are done so quick!

Hoodie

Happy knitting!

Felting · Knitting · Outdoors

Cold nose, warm bum

Me and my hubby like to go out on walks. We like to climb up on hills and fells, or just ramble in the woods. We live practically in the middle of nowhere and only need to get out of the door to be in the forest. We absolutely love it. The smells, the peace and quiet, the atmosphere, all the inspiration you get there and all the cool things you can see. One of the nicest things about our walks is the break. The coffee break. Coffee, or anything really, tastes so much better outside. We take coffee in a flask and stop somewhere nice. It’s nice to just sit and listen to the wind or the birds and to the quietness, even. The problem is, if it’s not the dead of  (a very warm) summer, your bum gets cold very quickly when sitting on rocks. I knit all sorts of things but only recently I thought about knitting a bum warmer.

Felted bum warmers

I found a nice Drops pattern for a domino square. I knitted one with Viking Naturgarn and another one with Novita’s Huopanen. They were felted in the washing machine and they felted totally differently. The orange coloured Huopanen was bigger before felting but smaller after. The lilac Naturgarn felted evenly but the stitches can still be seen quite easily. Still, I like them both and they are very good insulators. Even if a rock is ice-cold, the bum keeps warm.

Keeping it warm

Things get different when there’s snow. The felted wool still insulates but the snow underneath melts and eventually you’ll get a wet bum. Wool might be a good insulator and it might repel moisture but waterproof it is not. I have to take something with me in the future to put underneath the felt to keep the water out. This picture below was taken couple of weeks ago when we got our first snowfall of the year. It’s all gone now but no doubt there will be some more soon.

All set

Happy knitting!

Knitting

The Journey Begins

Hello and welcome to my blog!

I learned to knit at school, like you did those days, in the 70’s. Knitting has always been quite a big part of life in my family and it was kind of inevitable that I would become a knitter. There have been times when I knit a lot, and times when I don’t. For some time now I’ve been in turbo-knitting mode! I come from Helsinki, in the south of Finland, but I’ve lived in Finnish Lapland for the past 12 years. I share the house with my English husband and an English cocker spaniel named Oskar. We all love the outdoors, the clean nature that surrounds us and the cold weather most of the year that so requires warm, knitted woolleys. Ha!

This is a very sparsely populated area and therefore I thought I’d rather show off my knittings to you, the world, here on my new blog. You’re welcome.

Happy knitting!

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