Friday, October 30, 2009

against wind

Winter is coming as we reach the end of October. Trees are bare, the breeze is crisp and the days are getting darker day by day. Daylight is a hidden treasure. And the colors fade. It's beautiful to sense this moment, when all the colors are almost diluted to brown and grey and black.

I've made some preparations for winter, against cold and wind and darkness. I've been thinking about new caps and matching cowl for both little men for a while now, but finally I got the perfect idea. Nothing too complicated, garter stitch because I love it and thick yarn. The color is kind of crazy cold (why on earth have I bought yarn in this color?), but I hope it gives winter the same freeze treatment as it gives to us! And keeps little A warm and happy.

Patterns: my own
Yarn: Pirtin Kehräämön Hahtuva - unspun
Needles: 6 mm

Oh, the best thing in the cap is how the garter stitch pulls the front panel slightly upward and makes the cap fit just perfectly!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009


How is it possible, this bright autumn light? When there's supposed to be yellow and red, I find white and blue and grey. How beautiful is that subtle balance between color and light.

Inspired by all that white light I thought of this simple bag, spent a day - that should have been spent studying - with my sewing machine and love the result.

Sunday, October 4, 2009


There is something with me and socks. Me and knitted socks to be more precise. I love to wear hand-knitted woollen socks, but I've had some hard time knitting them. I've been most happy to receive socks regularly from my grandmothers for my entire life and I even had a phase in my teen-years when I always had woollen socks - no matter if it was the hottest day of the year.

But knitting is a whole different story. I've casted on too many socks to remember. And that pile is not the worst part: I've also given gifts that included only one sock and a promise for another. Those promises are still to be fulfilled... (I'm all red in the face admitting this and hoping that none of those people will ever read this post.)

Finished pairs there is to date only three. One pair was knitted to my husband: the first sock is neat and perfect. The other all wonky and strange. The second pair was for baby A, too tiny even for a newborn but otherwise a fine pair.

Now the third pair seams to turn my luck (and interest). Lovely gray and green, knitted from the cuff to toe and used this tutorial for the sort-row heel. What a happy, happy start for Soctober, I think.

Pattern: none
Yarn: Zitron Trekking Pro Natura
Needles: 2.5 mm

Friday, October 2, 2009

season's changing

We've had strangely warm and sunny autumn this year. Colors are changing slowly and the season's changing so gradually, that it's hard to notice. Maybe things are speeding up from now on, since in the morning for the first time this fall there was frost on the ground. Or there could be another explanation - this autumn I've been mostly inside and the time spent outdoors has been cut to a minimum.

We haven't had a real nature table ever, but I'm trying to build us one. We had a little adventure with with the boys in the woods (meaning here a small set of trees, not a real forest) and we found some treasures. Those treasures turned into colorful felted acorns. The felting itself was so much fun and perfect for the bigger and the smaller hands!

Our nature table needs some setting up and some more things, but slow is fine by me. Thank you Earth for your gifts. Thank you Nature for letting us see the season changing!