Midsummer, which is now, is a very big celebration in this corner of the earth. We celebrate the sun and the nightless night. Mittumaarja (also Juhannus) is full of magic and you can do all sorts of different things to make sure you'll dreams will come true. You can eg collect 9 different flowers and bury them under your pillow and you will definitely dream of the one you are going to marry... I don't collect flowers. Yes, you guessed already. So I will put pieces of nine different yarns under my pillow to make sure I keep seeing yarn and projects for the rest of the year. (I will include a piece of wire there too just to make sure my computer will function and will keep bringing the inspiration on the screen in the future as well!)
(Some of you have been wondering about the amount of light... It is a bit difficult to keep the hours straight during Midsummer with all this day light... I stay up late and then wake up at five in the morning wanting to get up, but sooner or later comes a time that you have to catch up on all that lost sleep.)
A while ago I joined this:
It is a knitalong hosted by Dave from Cabin Cove. I am looking forward for some mitten knitting.
And I have these socks for the Bennet sisters to complete. And I think there are still few other things needing few stitches...
But I'm off on Sunday. I'm going to Iceland to spend some quality time with knitters from far and not so far. It is time for the annual Nordic Knitting Symposium. It will last for one whole week... I feel already very inspired. I will be back Monday the 3rd but allow me few days for settling back home before I blog again.
I wish you all a very happy Midsummer!
PS. dianes asked me about the embroidery: "A bit off-topic, but would you describe how you do your embroidery on those socks and mittens? What kind of yarn/floss do you use? What stitches do you use? Do you follow patterns or make up as you go along? It's just so nice looking and I would like to try some."
I can use wool or silk or cotton or even linen depending on the project. Mostly wool on wool. Most of the wool for embroidery I have bought from www.naturaldyeing.co.uk. And the stitches, hmmm... that depends on the motif, sometimes chain stitches, satin stitches, blanket stitches... Most of the patterns I make up. But there is plenty of inspiration around like lots of beautiful embroidery books.
PPS. If you have missed the Finnish lessons, the little bird is nesting and so off the teaching at the moment. And the dogs and the cat are all on holidays also. But they will all be back... Like me, in two weeks.