Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Back from my un-announced break...

The world, or at least my world, has shaken and changed since my last post here. On September 7th of this year I became a mother to, in my opinion, the most beautiful baby boy imaginable. All of my pregnancy passed without a single post here on the blog. Partly because in the beginning I didn't want to announce it yet before feeling more in the clear and then I guess I just never got back in the swing of things concerning this blog. So winter, spring, summer and fall almost passed without so much as a line from me. I apologize about that, although I'm not sure there is anyone reading my apologies anymore. Now being at home and not working, I will try to publish a post every now and then. I've missed blogging.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Capucine

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Finally a FO here on the blog! Knitting was something I sort of forgot in the last months of year 2012, up until the very end. I got really frustrated with my hat situation and went on the look-out for some cute hat patterns. The one I chose was Capucine, with Positori's mods. When I started making this, it was very hard for me to put it down for the night, I was in a frenzy!
- "I can't believe I forgot how fun it is to knit!"
Now I'm making another one, from an even bulkier yarn, as well as having my long-term project, the Sky Scarf, on my needles.

I really liked knitting this and I'm happy with the result too. Easy and quick to make, cute and practical to wear. The perfect hat for someone with a fringe and sensitive ears (read: me).

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Starting Sky Scarf

A little over a year ago, browsing through Pinterest, I came across this pin


Sky Scarf
A way to document weather during one year of your life. 

You have different colors of which you pick a couple to reflect the sky each day and knit a stripe (two rows). The idea for this comes from Lea Redmond from Leafcutter Designs and her Conceptual Knitting, which has a group on Ravelry too.

I didn't start it then, but thought the idea was brilliant. I talked about it with another knitter some time in the fall and she got really excited. It was actually her, who got me into this project again, when she asked me the link just in the last days of December. We decided to do it together, on our different ways and compare the results after this year.

Today, I went to a local yarn store and bought the yarn for it. I've made a note both today and yesterday about the color of the sky, so I know what to knit later. I was browsing through the blog posts about the pattern on Ravelry and noticed a triangular version, by Cabled Sheep, who documented the knitting of the scarf on her blog. She took the idea but changed the form. She used a Finnish designer's pattern Lacy Baktus, which again is a variation of a Norwegian designer's Baktus scarf. So now I am thinking about using the Baktus scarf pattern for making my Sky Scarf, instead of just making a straight rectangular scarf.... 

I mean to document my progress on the scarf here on the blog, every month, if I can manage. I'm excited to be doing this long-term project!

Friday, December 14, 2012

High Five for Friday


Yay, it's Friday! The last "real" work week this year has ended! I only have some finishing up left next week before heading off to Christmas break! Much awaited one!

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So, there must be some really good things to share from this week then, right? That's my I'm revealing my High Five for Friday and linking up with Lauren @ From My Grey Desk.

Number one: Cookie Exchange


I hosted my 2nd annual Cookie/Goodie Exchange this Tuesday. Altogether eight women gathered in our home bringing different kinds of holiday goodies to share with others. This is my contribution of White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies, recipe courtesy of Trisha Yearwood.

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Number two: Christmas tree mat



I got this mat for our Christmas tree yesterday. Tomorrow we are bringing in the tree!!! Can't wait!

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Number three: Done with grading!


Such a happy thought!

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Number four: Holiday greetings



We've received a couple Christmas cards already and I am expecting more next week. I also got some chocolate from a workmate, the gesture made me feel warm inside.

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Number five: Rainy Day Seattle Hat


Photo from here
I'm not sure what the correct term for the technique this hat is made in is, please help me out, if you know. Is this intarsia or fair isle technique? Anyway, I think this would be such a cute project to start learning multiple colored pattern knitting. I would be proud to wear Seattle skyline on my head :)


Hope you have a relaxing weekend to look forward to!

Friday, December 7, 2012

High Five For Friday

I've been out of the H54F bandwagon for a while due to super busy end of the weeks, but now I'm enjoying a luxury of an extra day off and I have time to get back on track. High Five for Friday is a link-up by Lauren @ From My Grey Desk and it's a wonderful idea to document the things that have made you happy throughout the week.

Number one: Snow. (And Advent) 


It suddenly got bright again here even though the days keep getting shorter and shorter. But having snow on the ground (and the occasional sun peeking behind the clouds, which has a rare sight this fall) makes a huge difference to my state of mind.

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Number two: Finland (And gingerbread cookies)


I love this country and I'm grateful for it.

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Number three: Crocheted Snowflake Garland


I started and finished this garland this week and I'm really happy with the result. I'm still missing a tree, but it will look great hung onto it, I'm sure!

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Number four: Nativity


I love that now our home proclaims in this way as well why we celebrate Christmas.

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Number five: Rice porridge


A Christmas season staple. Love it. Rich, creamy, subtle.

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How was your week?


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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Finland's Independence Day

Traditional Independence Day candles

Today we here in Finland celebrate our 95-year-old homeland. 
I am so grateful to God for this country and its independence.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Advent decorations


This year, the first Advent Sunday is in December. Most years it's in the end of November. I've seen a lot of these candelabra on people's windowsills already, but for me it just doesn't feel right to set them up before the first Advent. Today, in the morning, still in my jammies, I opened the Christmas closet and took them out.

In the morning

I love that we have snow now! It makes everything so much brighter! It's been coming in bulks since Friday afternoon, only pausing for a while at times. The scenery is completely different now than it was three days ago.

Our guestroom in the morning


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This year I got to set up my Nativity as well. I used some of my birthday money to buy this set by Willow Tree. Just the basic set, but I might add on to it later. I'm so happy we now have a nativity. It just feels right to me to underline Christmas' true meaning that way. I really love Willow Tree's design, it's so simple and pure. This Nativity set is definitely a keeper and I love to think about all the future years I will take it out and set it up!



In the morning

In Finland Christmas trees are usually brought inside only closer to Christmas, so my decor is still somewhat low key. I plan on having our first real Christmas tree this year and probably will get it sooner than most Finns. I've been crafting and making some ornaments for that tree and can't wait to decorate it!

Do you have any special items you take out and set up during Advent?

I wish you a blessed Advent getting ready to celebrate the birth of Jesus!