Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Mittens

The knitting cafe Lentävä Lapanen / Flying Mitten organised a design contest together with the town of Järvenpää in order to find a Järvenpää mitten they could use as a PR gift. 26 pairs of mittens participated, and they were hanging in the window of the shop for everyone to see and to vote.
 
 


Sorry about the reflections. Many mittens had a musical theme, because Jean Sibelius, the famous Finnish composer, lived here.


 
The coat of arms of the town is shown on the mittens to the right in the next picture.


The winner, Eva Roos-Rautakorpi, left, and the chairwoman of the jury, Anu Harkki, wearing the winner mittens. They are inspired by the name flower of the town, Anemone ranunculoides.


 
My mittens came third, they are the grayish blue ones on the table here, and the only ones knitted in just one colour and with a surface texture rather than play with colours and figures. The winner mittens are next to the hand here, and a better picture is here. The black and white ones on the left came second, and the two other pairs got special nominations.


 
After the winners were announced, we had coffee and mitten cake.
 
 
When I was ready to go home, the sun had set and the tiny lights in the trees by the station were shining. This time a better photo, because I was standing outdoors and not sitting in the car. The tree I was trying to show you earlier is near the lake and much bigger.



15 comments:

Elin said...

Love your mittens, Ulla! Are you on Ravelry?

Stephanie said...

What a fun contest and I think it's wonderful your mittens got recognized. I still just love the idea of a knitting cafe`. A very lovely still Winter photo.

Nina Lise@Mrs Moen said...

Congratulations on the third place, the mittens are lovely! What a fun competition!

Dolores said...

First of all, night time pictures are always nice to look at.
Good for you to enter a contest and congratulations on your 3rd place win. It's always interesting to see what people make. What a lovely idea to finish off the evening with coffee and mitten cake.

Jan Mac said...

Congratulations on your mitten 3rd place. Also thanks for sharing the photos as I love to see everyone's day to day happenings.

Annik-Snor said...

The mittens are lovely, congratulations with your prize.
I have also been admirering your daughters books on her blog

Annemariesquilt said...

Congratulation with your third place in the mitten competition :-) You did great !!!

Candace said...

What fun, Ulla! Congratulations on third place! I like the little bit of town history, too.
cheers!

Candace said...

What fun, Ulla! Congratulations on third place! I like the little bit of town history, too.
cheers!

kaiteM said...

That was a fabulous competition and i loved the mitten cake to finish it. Congratulations for coming 3rd.

Yvonne W said...

Congratulations!The mittens all look so lovely. The lights in the trees are so pretty-- makes it feel like fairy land. Is it a common thing to have lights in the trees in winter?

Grethe said...

Nice mittens,Congratulations,Ulla!
We have some knitting coffey places here as well. The trees with the lights are fantastic:-)

Barbara said...

Welch originelle Idee dieser Handschuh-Strickwettbewerb! So richtig passend für den Winter. Dir gratuliere ich herzlich für den dritten Platz! Dadurch werden meine von dir geschenkten Handschuhe ja richtig "geadelt" :-) ! Dieser Winter, soooo lange kalt und mit Schnee, ist perfekt für das Tragen von solchen Handschuhen. Schön, dass so viele mitgestrickt hatten (waren darunter auch zwei Männer....den Namen nach? Ich verstehe allerdings kein Finnisch!).
Viele liebe Wintergrüsse
Barbara

Simone de Klerk said...

Well, I guess I still have to come and visit you, to be able to go to the knitting cafe with you. It would be so nice to sit there with you, knit and chat.
Congratulations on your third price! And would have loved a taste of the mitten cake!

Houseelf said...

Congratulations Ulla! I think your mittens looked very warm and cosy.