We up here are buried deep in all things winter: snow, lots of white, pure stuff all around, the scenery is absolutely breathtaking. Even though I have been living here for most of my life (excluding about 12 years in southern Finland) I am still amazed by Mother Nature's artistry. While the sun creeps further up the sky every single day, the snow glimmers in sun.
The big herd of reindeer that I kept seeing on my walks in autumn, is broken, I see occasional wanderers here and there. One was happy to live in our yard for a week or so. I got so used to her that I was sorry one morning when she was gone and I have not seen her since. I guess she decided to move somewhere else. Reindeer were here first; they have the ancient right to roam wherever they want. If we want to keep them from the yard, it is our duty to fence the area where we do not want them.
See the bright orange spots in the background of the picture. That is the true color of snow where the sun hits it in the morning in January.
I have been making the small quilts, but the excitement has vanished. I am happy with the first one I made this year, the ones after that, leave a lot to hope for. I know I am learning from every single piece something valuable. I make a choice, act upon it, and then realize it was a wrong choice. I am trying to keep up with this project just to see where I am going. One very good thing is that while I am learning to build pictures, I am also finding the joys of knitting again. Every single detour is necessary on this craft scene.
I took this hat off the hat block this morning; I keep glancing at it, wondering if I should add more embroidery on it. The amount it has is minimal, yet maybe there is enough??? While I am gathering determination to make the lining, (my least favorite thing to do but my head will thank me when the wind comes from the North Pole), at the same time I am thinking of knitting matching mittens. If or when I knit them, maybe I could embroider them heavily.
(This hat is stranded all the way to have good background for the embroidery. The inspiration for the pattern is from the old Finnish woolen coverings (later wall hangings) called raanu.)
Cold Saturday is stretching in front of me. I look out of the window wondering if the temperature will climb up today so that it will be more comfortable to be outside. Last week the wind was fierce, we had to settle for short walks and I am longing for a good, long walk. It always helps my thinking and I need to make a decision whether this hat is done or if it needs more embroidery.
Enjoy your weekend,
wool with you,