There’s a moose loose aboot this hoose!
And not just one moose but three! They have been totally naked until now. I promised them jumpers and although it might take a while, I usually do keep my promises and hey presto! We have 3 tiny jumpers. They are all top-down jumpers and all of them slightly different.
These moose, if you were wondering, are small liqueur bottles. They used to contain Swedish lingonberry liqueur, which is aptly named ‘Elch Blut’, ie. ‘Moose Blood’.
Is it just me or does anyone else think of Northern Exposure when you see a moose? With me, it doesn’t matter if it’s a real moose or a novelty liqueur bottle moose, my mind goes straight to Cicely. I’m looking forward to the new series. I hope they go ahead with it. Do you remember the piano catapulted across the skies? That was brilliant!
Just a quick job today: Orange mittens.
Do you remember these blue Wookiee mittens? When the Wookiee picture was taken during a winter hike, my hubby was wearing his orange padded pants and I said to him that I have this same furry yarn in orange. He immediately said that he NEEDS a pair of orange Wookiee mittens. Finally I’ve knitted them – they were done in one evening.
My blue Wookiees are just Teddy yarn (which is by the Finnish Novita and consists of 45% wool and the rest is polyamide and acrylic). These orange mittens are a little warmer because I knitted them with Teddy and Nalle. Nalle is also by Novita and it’s a fingering weight yarn made of 75% wool and 25% polyamide. I used fairly small needles, 6mm, because I wanted the mittens to be dense. And that they are. The recommended needle size for Teddy is 8mm.
Hubby should be quite visible now on white snow with his orange pants and orange mittens. Not that I’ve lost him often anyway.
Do you know what Nalle means in English? It means Teddy. So, these mittens are knitted with Teddy and the other Teddy.
I live in the municipal of Sodankylä (since 2006), which is located in Finnish Lapland. The municipal is large in area but small in terms of population. The two official languages of Sodankylä are Finnish and Northern Sami. It’s extreme northern location means short summers and long, cold winters. For a knitter, that’s kind of ideal.
The coat of arms of Sodankylä is really cool. I like the colours black, silver and red and the very graphic design. It’s said to symbolise the Lappish wilderness. The black means the long, dark polar nights and the red flames are from a type of open fire, where the fire burns in a crack between two large logs. Because of the star (which can be seen during the dark long nights in the winter), Sodankylä is called the star municipal of Lapland.
I wanted to turn this cool design into mittens.
I stylised the camp fire by knitting it without the squiggle.
On the palm side I knitted a dotted starry night pattern – I thought that would be appropriate.
I used Novita 7 Veljestä yarn, which is nice and fairly thick, so it makes warm mittens.
This last picture was taken in the middle of the day. Around the polar night time (in December), daytime is short and very blue. I like using my ski poles for photo props.
Hubby’s owl jumper is finished and I think it might be a new favourite.
This was a very quick knit – I surprised myself. The yarn is (surprise surprise) Novita’s 7 Veljestä and it was knitted with 4mm needles. The gauge is 18 stitches to 10 cm. The pattern is here but unfortunately only in Finnish. (I will update these links if the patterns are translated into English at any time.)
I don’t really have anything else to say. This was such a pain-free and quick knit without any drama or disasters. I basically sat down and started and soon it was finished. The size is very good, too. I’m going to knit an owl jumper for me, too, but it will be more colourful. Perhaps all the different images in a different colour. The pattern for the ladies’ version is a tunic but I might do a normal length jumper instead. But not yet.
Anyway, this owl was well received, and that’s the main thing!
Yay, I finished a lacy jumper!
The pattern was actually for a dress but I made it a jumper instead. I’m not much of a dress wearer and thought that a jumper would get much more use. For once, the pattern is also available in English. The yarn is Novita’s Venla, which is a fingering weight yarn and it’s a blend of 75% wool and 25% polyamide.
Because I made this a jumper, I added some decreases and increases to the waist (which weren’t there for the dress). I just winged it. I made it quite long and it’s on the limit of being a tunic. It’s a top-down pattern and the lace yoke is very easy. The whole jumper knitted up very quickly, despite the thin yarn.
The front and back are the same. I wanted to mark the front somehow, and attached a wooden button to the hem. You can just see it on the bottom right. It says Handmade on it. I don’t know if people are usually bothered about which way they wear a jumper that’s the same both ways, but I always like to know that I wear it the same way every time. Hence the button. All in all, I’m quite pleased with this jumper. I had my doubts many times along the way, but it pulled through.
This was a Christmas present for my 5-year-old niece. Oh, how quick it is to knit a 5-year-old-sized jumper!
I used an Angry Bird jumper pattern but because I used yarn from my stash, I didn’t have enough red to knit an Angry Bird jumper. I just took the measurements and the numbers of stitches from the pattern. The yarn is probably as old as me, named Novita Cora. It was my grandmother’s, then it ended up as my mother’s, and now to me, and I knitted it for my sister’s daughter. Ha, how to involve generations with just one jumper! The little heart was done by duplicating stitches. I found two round red buttons in my stash with a heart image in the middle, which were perfect.
The jumper is a good fit. I hope they remember to wear this jumper now that the temperatures are close to -20C even in the south, where they live.
Probably the best thing I’ve ever knitted for winter use are my woolly pants. They are so warm and I don’t know how I’ve managed to stay alive without them. When you live way above the Arctic Circle where temperatures can easily drop below -40C (-40F), clothing needs to be seriously practical and most of all warm.
What you need to do is this: First put on your long johns and socks. Then woolly pants. Then padded pants. Add woolly socks as needed. That’s warm.
I used a pattern (sorry in Finnish only) by Novita and also their yarn Nalle Taika. I love that colour. Shame that these pants are usually hidden from view.
Then of course my hubby needed woolly pants too.
Their pattern is also by Novita and yarn is Nalle. He is also very pleased with his woolly pants.
I like the woolly pants so much that I’ve already earmarked another pair which I’ll knit some time. These are for me and these for hubby. I have yarn ready for mine as well.
Talking of woolly pants, there was a children’s programme on TV when I was little. It was called “Mandatory use of woolly pants”. A little boy, Timo, has been ill with a chest cold and he’s been off school for a few days. When he’s well again and gets ready to go to school, his father says that it’s very cold outside and he must wear woolly pants because he’s just been ill. Timo thinks this is embarrassing because the other boys don’t wear woolly pants. The pants his father brought to him had even a heart-shaped patch on the bum. Timo tries to protest by saying that he does not breath with his bum, but it doesn’t help. He has to put the pants on.
At school that day they have a doctor’s check-up. Timo is terrified because he thinks that other boys might see his woolly pants if he needs to take his clothes off. He can’t concentrate on anything and just has terrible images in his mind all day. He came up with the idea that if the president would announces on TV a mandatory use of woolly pants, he’d be ok. Everyone then would have to wear woolly pants. With his mind’s eye he sees the news anchor announcing the mandatory use of woolly pants, ordered by the president. It would last till first of May, when the use of summer clothes would be allowed, weather permitting. And then the news anchor starts a woolly pants rock dance presenting woolly pants fashion. That’s classic!
This whole film used to be available online not too long ago, but all I could find now were little snippets. If you want to see the woolly pants rock, click here. This is Finland in 1977. Enjoy!