Thank you for all the lovely and kind comments on my blog birthday! They all make me glad and give me more reasons to blog.
Over the weekend I traveled with my good friend down south about 600 km to see quite a big handicraft fair. The area indoors was packed with all kinds of different and beautiful and interesting handcrafted items and there were even two alpacas! I bought some yarn (!) and linen prepared for spinning, natural dyes (!!!!) and a pair of hand carders (old ones). I'm thrilled about the natural dyes but I'll tell you more about them later on. I'm again short of time, I'll have to take another small trip tomorrow and I'll be gone for the rest of the week and should be packing now but when I saw the amount of comments I just could not leave tomorrow again without posting.
1200 kilometers on the road was good for Katariina. Katariina is the name for the twined red/orange sweater.
Catherine Jagiellon (Katariina Jagellonica in Finnish) was a Polish princess who was married to Duke John (Juhana Herttua) of Finland in 1562. Catherine's journey to this cold and remote northern country was long and troublesome but she brought with her a breath of Renaissance Air to Turku Castle where she stayed only for a short period of 8 months. Her wardrobe was exquisite. Duke John was a brother of Erik XIV who was the King of Sweden at that time and Erik did not approve the marriage. Catherine and John were captured and taken to Sweden for imprisonment. Catherine was given an opportunity to escape back to Poland but she pointed out to the captors the text on her ring that read "nemo nisi mors" and chose to follow her husband. This is not the whole story but some of it. It might be the embroidery that I'm thinking of doing that brought to my mind the story of Catherine.I don't care to count the rows to see how many hours have gone by with Katariina. But I have been in a good company of a loyal woman who chose to follow her husband to uncertain future and I'll try to be loyal to my Katariina till the very last stitch. For a moment I thought of taking something else with me for the trip but then decided to have the other sleeve with me. I'm not sure if the neck opening is going to be square, somehow it appeals to me at the moment. There was a question in the comments if there was any way to avoid the twisting of yarns. There is not. But the twisting comes bearable if you are using only one skein of yarn where the other end comes from the inside and the other from the outside. Here I have the red yarn running from the inside. I use a safety pin to lock the yarn and then I just lift the ball and let it unwind every now and then. When knitting at home I throw the yarn skein far from me so that the long yarn can take more twist and I don't need to unwind quite so often as with shorter yarn. But now I must run. Be loyal to your wool this week!