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.



Friday, 8 September 2017

Unique yellow and blue quilt finished

Here it is finally, my own design:


Unique is the leading charity providing specialist information and support to families coming to terms with a diagnosis of a rare chromosome disorder and the medical professionals caring for them. This quilt is for their fundraising. I had the idea of yellow and blue chromosomes from their logo with the curved lines. The string pieced strips are my artistic view of a chromosome. Twenty three pairs of chromosomes could not be divided on equal rows, so I filled the empty gap of the last row with the appliqued Unique logo. 


The twisting border reminds me of a DNA, the stuff the chromosomes are made of. I hope they like the quilt and raise a lot of money with it.

Socks of the week have stripes in light blue and turquoise, for a boy or a girl.


The summer flowers are still looking good.



Saturday, 26 August 2017

New apron and other news of the week

Last spring I was sewing the Paper Lanterns quilt and used my big floral prints for it. This apron is made from what was left of one of the fabrics generously donated by my sister P ages ago. The curved bits left over from the top sides were big enough for two pockets, and that was the end of that fabric. This week I finally took the little time that was needed for sewing the apron, as I had already ironed all the folds.


To balance that unusual for me burst of colours, this week's socks are in black 100 % merino wool and the most basic sock pattern with no tricks whatsoever. Under the socks you can see the machine quilting of the yellow and blue quilt. I'm working on the binding today so I can show the finished quilt in my next post.


Bumble bees (the brown and black smudges) are busy visiting my salvias


and the silver bush (Calocephalus brownii) has grown to a big cushion with funny little flower heads.



Saturday, 19 August 2017

Border blocks for the new quilt

The yellow, blue and white quilt is getting some borders.


These blocks will be 4" finished.


Socks of the week with half fisherman's rib in two colours. The rib is thick and warm and nice. Socks for a fashionable young girl who goes out with bare ankles even in cold weather.



Knitted in Schachenmayr's Regia 4-ply wool, perfect for socks you want to wear with regular shoes.


Our tiny strawberries. I get a handful every day, from the end of July to mid September.




Saturday, 12 August 2017

Yellow and blue strings

Tiny scraps sorted according to colour. I used these to make 1" wide strings. No wonder my fabric stash is getting smaller so slowly!


Now I have as many blocks as I need, and the quilt centre is ready. A couple of borders will be needed to make this a nice size for a child's bed, or for a wall hanging.


My socks of the week are very traditional, in the warm and heavy yarn men seem to prefer, in the perfect pattern my mother always used for the best fit.


I hope you had a good week and will be enjoying a nice weekend.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Not a week without new socks?

Using up an odd rest of grey yarn I knitted this pair of socks. I called them Snowball.


My box of flowers is this year purple, pink and blue. I just replaces some pale pansies with some asters in purple, pink and white.


Saturday, 29 July 2017

Antique Fair and end of knitting tour

Last weekend was the annual Antique Fair in our village. Well, they have started calling it antique, vintage and retro, as much of the stuff was far from being antique.


The birch bark shoes on the table look brand new but the technique is old and the shoes are probably only used for interior decoration.


Some fishing gear from the 60's, glass fibre rods and modern reels.


Glass from the 50's to 70's is a popular theme among collectors. It looks like people are looking for things they used to have in their childhood home.


Old copper pots and pans, washboards for mother and daughter.


By the end of the Tour de France cycling race I finished the lace socks in this upside down picture,


and a pair in the bubble pattern in yellow and green.



A baby thrush was "hiding" on the lawn and only moved after I had taken this picture. The future berry thief looked quite endearing!



Saturday, 22 July 2017

My trick for knitting error problems

Recently I have widened my knitting repertoire to some simple lace patterns. Knitting and watching TV is OK as long as the pattern is easy, the hands can almost work on autopilot. The problems start when you ought to add and lose stitches, and sometimes a stitch is lost a couple of rows back before you notice the mistake. Earlier I used to lose my nerve too and unravel everything and take an easier pattern. Then I found that I could unravel the knitting past the mistake and to a recognizable row of the pattern. I hated having to do that too. Having two socks on the same long circular needle added to my disappointment.

A while back I had the idea of dropping some stitches around the wrong stitch all the way to the mistake and usually I could find a plain knit row below it. I picked those stitches on a double pointed needle, like here. I have gone three rows down as you can see from the three loops of yarn.


Then I just knitted the missing rows, not in the round but back and forth, purling the plain rows on the wrong side and knitting the pattern on the right side, using the loops of yarn I unpicked.


And here it is, all stitches in their right places, and it only took a moment to correct it. I don't know if this is a well known way of doing it, but I have not seen it anywhere but invented it myself in the spring.

I have started a new quilt with my very own pattern, and learning from my mistakes. Yellow string strips



combined with blue ones, between scissor cut lines.


I wonder what becomes of all this!