Our winter is on its best: sunshine, -10C/14F, hardly any wind, frosty trees, a little snow to lighten up the world, and the sun is up for more than 8 hours already.
The frost has killed most bugs too and I'm feeling at least 90% fine. The rest of the family didn't catch my sneezes.
I tried the sewing machine after a long break and made this Pooch Pouch originally designed for Abby by Stephanie. I used old jeans and a heavy felt batting so I had to attach the loop with the ends side by side. DS1's puppy is in Puppy School and her treats go in here.
When the days were colder and I was just feeling tired, I was knitting to keep at least my hands busy. These socks are from the Two socks at a time book:
and here again, with a basic pair knitted in a self-striping yarn. Both pairs went to the Red Cross sock campaign at the Flying Mitten. And yes, I have made pair of mittens too but I will show them later.
I bet you want to look inside with me again. Look at the knitted graffiti on the Lentävä Lapanen's mailbox first, and on the blue stand.
A peek through the window, advertising the Red Cross campaign for socks and mittens.
And inside - there are 12 pairs of sock by the last time I looked, but I hope many more pairs are just being finished at the knitter's homes or in the knitting café.
DIY packages to make the official Järvenpää mittens called Jäpänen (mitten = lapanen, + Järvenpää > Jäpänen).
They also had new DIY packages for other mittens.
They have some great groups, some meeting regularly every two weeks in the evening, one group where you can sit and knit and have your tea or coffee, and listen to live reading from a book, and classes for beginners and for advanced knitters. Isn't this a dream come true?