Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Quilter's block

Once again, I seem to have a "quilter's block", which doesn't mean that I'm producing quilt blocks day in, day out, but quite the opposite. There are lists of quilts I would love to make, great patterns and lovely own design thoughts, but the fabrics stay in their boxes, rulers are sadly hanging on the wall, and the sewing machine gathers dust.

My way of dealing with this problem is, naturally, knitting. And doing it like my mother did with her knitting and sewing, trying to get the most of a small amount of material, and still pleasing the eye. Here I used rests of some yarns I used earlier this Autumn for men's socks. The mottled green and the dark green were very close, so making wide stripes with just those two would not have looked good. I separated them with thin grey stripes. Then I still needed the very last meters of the dark green for alternate rows with the mottled one to cover the toes. There it is, the biggest possible pair of socks out of those yarns.

Next there was the dark blue from the lime and dark blue socks, and the greyish blue from some other projects. I just knitted the legs as long as the lighter blue allowed. There is nothing of it left, but the dark blue will reappear in some stripes later.

Here I used the "knit as far as the yarn allows"  method again, this time it was the light grey that needed to be used up. This is the first project where I have used the second one of my own grandmother's traditional patterns which I managed to repeat and put in writing . They make a warm knit without having to run two yarns at the same time, and without long loops on the reverse. If you click on the link, you can find the pattern in the text.

As you can see, our black and wet landscape is covered in white snow for at least some days. It started snowing during the night, and it continues. Every day is 4 minutes shorter than the previous one, but in a few weeks the sun begins to set at the same time every day, in preparation for the winter solstice on the 21st of December.

Sunday, 12 November 2017

New fabrics, new month

At the beginning of this month Mr K.'s sister came to stay with us for some days, and look what she brought me:

A bundle and some more of Kaffe Fasset fabrics. My plan is to look for a pattern in the Kaffe Fasset quilt books I have in my own shelf, and make something nice for her. These are definitely her colours.

Naturally I have been knitting again. This time I bought a ball of navy blue sock yarn with aloe, and used it with a rest ball of lime green yarn for a pair of socks for my youngest son. There is enough of the blue for another pair for a child, or for a bigger pair with some other colour. Matching yarns for new socks is fun, like shopping in my own yarn boxes.

The rest of the pale pink from my last sock posting was enough for the stripes in this pair I called Vanilla and Raspberry.

All snow is gone for now, it has been raining but there have been some sunny days too. On the cloudy days these flowers make the world look brighter.

Sunday, 29 October 2017

First Snow

The first snow is here.

It has its own scent, something cold and very fresh and moist.

Saturday, 21 October 2017

It is getting colder

On Tuesday morning we had a very strange sun in the cloudy sky. It looked more like the moon through a thin layer of clouds.

But it was an orange sun, and the cloud was sand from Sahara and soot and ash from the forest fires in Spain and Portugal.

I have finished the projects I had on my needles for the Wool Day. This is a pair of fingerless mittens in 50% wool, 50% alpaca. Warm and lovely and soft and not itchy at all.

This gathered more people, I was working on the heels and the visitors couldn't believe how easily they were knitted on the one long circular needle. This is sock yarn, 80 % wool and 20% polyamide.

Today our grandson had an outing for men only, all three generations together made a fire in the backyard and they grilled sausages on sticks together. It is getting colder, just a few degrees above freezing point during the day. Everyone had red cheeks and a cold nose when they came in for afternoon tea.

The last yellow leaves are falling, this was like a lace curtain.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Wool Day at Villa Cooper

On Saturday we had a special Wool Day at Villa Cooper. In spite of the rainy weather it was a success, many interested people came to see our demonstrations of various techniques like spinning

or knitting or crocheting. I was there with my two socks at a time, or alternatively two mittens at a time.

The real attraction was a wool fashion show. Our own members were showing knitted and crocheted garments and accessories made by our members and available right there.

These are designed and knitted by machine by Riitta Liski

The silk scarf above and the little bag below are by other members.

There was  something flattering for every model, and perfectly matching accessories were all from our shelves.

Someone with an eye for detail can really create perfect outfits.

Here is one of the hand knitted sweaters combined with a machine knitted skirt and a hand dyed silk scarf.

I hope you enjoyed the samples of our show. Our Facebook has more pictures from the event.

We have had the first night frost, and the need for fingerless mittens is here to stay. I knitted one pair in dark grey for those who don't want colours

and then I developed the idea of Aino'S mittens and created Aino S 2.0 fingerless mittens for the modern girl who needs to fumble with her smart phone anywhere and in any weather:

Enjoy your new week!

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Autumn is here

In an earlier post I mentioned that our strawberries in the flowerbed keep making berries until September. Well, it is October now, a quarter of it gone, and there still are strawberries slowly ripening! The taste is not what it used to be, but they are edible.

I have been away from home for a while and therefore not so busy with quilting or knitting, but managed to finish a pair of socks in Autumn colours

once again in my favourite colour combination.

Then I almost used up some rest balls to make these socks with my own grandmother's pattern.

That is all new finishes, but I can show a picture of my blue and white quilt with the quilting and binding on. It is now hanging in Villa Cooper, where visitors can vote for their favourite gift for Finland's 100th Anniversary.

The Autumn has been very rainy, but luckily the leaves shine bright when there is just a ray of sunshine coming through the clouds.

The last flowers in the garden

Here is exactly 20% of our apple harvest, so I'm not cooking any apple sauce this year!

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Fingerless mittens

Autumn has cooled the days and nights here, and our hands need something to warm them. Today's life seems to depend on uninterrupted contact to the social media, and the modern phones need fingertip touch so gloves are not an option. Fingerless mittens!

Problem solved!

And if you name this colour Caffe Latte, it suddenly sounds delicious.

That was my knitting of the past week or so. I also quilted the blue and white quilt I left waiting in the spring, but forgot to take a picture before leaving it to others for some time. I will get it back and make photos.

These are the colours now in the nature: the bracken is yellow and brown but most trees are still green. From somewhere, yellow and brown leaves are falling.