Knitting · Outdoors · Leg Warmers

A Midsummer Night’s Ramble

I always aim to get to bed in good time and be fast asleep well before midnight. Sometimes I choose to live dangerously, and instead of going to bed, I put my walking boots on and head to a nearby hill. From late May till mid July we have the midnight sun, which means that in that time the sun doesn’t set at all. The night is, well, almost like day.

Midnight Sun

Here it is, the midnight sun, and it won’t get any lower than that. The climb to this hill is quite easy, despite the boulder field. It’s quite strange though, because it looks like day (or perhaps an early evening would be better) but it’s very quiet, there are almost no cars on the roads and obviously no one climbing on hills. We’ve got the place to ourselves – mind you, it’s not exactly heaving with people here any other time, either.

As we were climbing up, the song ‘mad dogs and English men go out in the midnight sun’. It seemed quite fitting, the hubby being an English man. But does that make me the mad dog?

Midnight

This view shows the light better, the sun being behind the camera. Somewhere down there is our house.

Midnight

I love climbing well above the street level. Being higher up gives you a nice feeling of space. There is no one breathing down your neck. There is elbow space. And I love the peace and quiet. Here, one really could swing the proverbial cat!

Midnight knitting

This particular night was quite windy and not very warm. I thought about taking mittens but left them because, hey, it’s the middle of the summer. Boy, did I regret that. After knitting just a moment, my fingers were so cold that it became almost impossible to hold the needles. What kind of a knitter am I? My house is full of various handwear: mittens, fingerless mittens, gloves, you name it, and I go out without ANY of them. How stupid. I’ve made it a rule now NEVER to leave the house without mittens of some description in my rucksack. Even in the summer.

When we got home, I checked the temperature: +3°C. I don’t know what it was with the windchill.

Midnight knitting

Would this qualify as ‘knitting in public’? I’ve started to take my knitting with me a lot more than I used to. It’s nice to sit down after some hiking and climbing and knit while admiring the view. My usual ‘KIP’ would be knitting in a health centre waiting room, in a train or in a cafe. Knitting on top of a hill, practically in the middle of nowhere, in the middle of the night, is not so public, although it IS a public place.

Midnight knitting

I’m knitting leg warmers, if you were wondering. Something I’ve been meaning to knit for years.

As I’m writing this, we have moved on and the sun has started to set below the horizon again. Not that you’d notice yet. By the end of August we’ll see stars at night again. And so it goes.

Happy midnight knitting!

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Jumper · Knitting · Scarf · Upcycling

Good old 80’s

I have lots of yarn but I keep knitting old, unravelled jumper yarns. What’s wrong with me? I don’t know. I just hate wasting stuff and having a jumper in the wardrobe that never gets worn seems like waste to me.

I knitted a jumper in the mid-80’s. I liked it and wore it quite a bit for some time. After that I’ve not worn it at all. It was quite big, like jumper were in the 80’s and these days it wouldn’t fit inside a jacket or coat, and that makes it unusable, as far as I’m concerned.

Old jumper reknitted.

So, I unravelled the jumper and knitted a smaller, simple, no-nonsense top-down jumper. Now it fits inside a coat. I don’t know anything about this yarn. It’s some kind of man-made fiber, possible mostly, if not entirely. In the 80’s I liked the colour. I liked those little colourful blobs. I still do. The yarn is quite thick and it only took about a week to knit this.

Back in the 80’s I remember thinking that this jumper is really warm because it’s so thick. Of course, it’s not that warm at all; I know that now. I plan to use it as an in-between seasons jumpers.

Little scarf
This scarf shows how much smaller the new jumper is compared to the old one. This is the leftover yarn from the jumper. The scarf is all garter stitch and I knitted until all the yarn was used. The scarf is about 160 x 32 cm so it’s a reasonable size.

None of this is helping me reduce my yarn stash but at least I didn’t waste much time on these AND at least now in my wardrobe there is a jumper I can use, rather than a jumper that just takes up space. The scarf is a bonus. WIN-WIN, methinks.

Happy knitting!

Knitting · Socks

Socks mapped out

I have a finished pair of men’s socks!

Men's socks

The pattern is very easy: 2 rows k2, p2 and then 2 rows knit all. Repeat these 4 rows. That’s it. The yarn is Novita’s 7 Veljestä Nostalgia, which is a perfect forest colour with its green and brown. The socks are men’s size EU 43/UK 9.

This picture was taken outside at midnight, hence the nice golden light and long shadows. I really like these granite boulders with colourful map lichen (Rhizocarpon geographicum) on them.

Happy knitting!

Knitting · Socks

Juicy socks

Remember these socks I started little while ago? They are done now!

Knee socks

I used yarn I found in a flea market for €1.50 and since it had no label, I have no idea which yarn it is. I wanted to use all of the yarn and knitted the socks toe-up. I would have liked them just a touch higher but I ran out of yarn. I had no pattern – just winged it.

Knee socks

I used my new Addi Sockwonders for the first time with these. I chickened out on the heal and used dpn’s but otherwise they are all Sockwondered. I like them. They take a little getting used to but after that they are lovely. They are supposed to be easy on the hands but since I don’t really have any hand issues at the moment, I can’t say if that is the case. My Sockwonders are 2.5mm and I’m thinking of getting some in slightly bigger sizes for thicker socks. Then again, dpn’s are just fine too. And I have yet to learn the magic loop thing.

All in all, I’m quite pleased with these sprightly socks. They will brighten up my winter boots very soon.

Happy knitting!

Fingerless mittens · Knitting · Mittens · Stash busting

Utmost gravity

Another one of my stash busting projects. I wanted to use up all of this yarn, which I dyed ages ago. I wanted to make fingerless mittens but to use up all of the yarn, I knitted them top down.

Also, I think I reinvented gravity because these mittens are hanging on this wall without anything holding them up. There are no nails or hooks or anything. I put the mittens next to the wall, thinking they would look good there but I had nothing to attach them. To my amazement, they stayed, just like that. Hurrah for weathered wood.

Fingerless mittens

I knitted the cuffs as long as I could. I suppose they would look best bunched up. The yarn is Novita’s Florica, 100% wool. I knitted them with 2.5mm needles. Can you see the snowshoes below? Yup, this is another project I photographed end of winter and then forgot all about them. Snowshoes are kind of essential if you go off the beaten track here in winter. Or, not essential as such, but it’s just very hard work to walk without them if you sink down to your thighs with every step. Anyway, enough about winter – it’s summer now! Well, sort of.

Fingerless mittens

I’m very pleased with these and happy to have another little bundle of yarn less in my stash.

Happy knitting!

Jumper · Knitting · Stash busting

Jolly green jumper

I’ve just finished a summer top for a 5-year-old girl. I was not sure about this while knitting but it turned out quite well in the end and it is a good fit.

Summer top for a 5-year-old

I found the pattern in a Finnish knitting and sewing magazine. I used Schachenmayr Cotton Lux yarn in green. I only had 200g and knew it would not be enough. I went ahead anyway and decided to wing it. The green was enough for the front and back but would not be enough for the sleeves. I had some Drops Design Muskat in purple in my stash and so the sleeves became green-purple. At first I thought it was a crazy combination but I quite like it now.

Summer top for a 5-year-old

Hubby made a bee necklace to go with the summer look.

For some reason I knit/wear very little cotton. I guess it is the climate up here. The summer is so short and there doesn’t seen to be enough time to wear cotton. Summer is so short that if you blink, you missed it. I cycle and hike a lot and knitted cotton tops just don’t seem the right kind of stuff to wear. I go for t-shirts. Every summer I remind myself to wear my knitted cotton tops this summer (with skirts), and so often the summer is over before I wear any of them. I guess I should stop blinking.

I hope this little girl gets more wear out of her cotton top. She lives in the south where the summers are longer, so there’s hope.

Happy knitting!