This would be a great day to take all the wool outside as well!
I had a great weekend. I was away in the north (there is plenty of Finland beyond Arctic Circle). I took a bus and spent a good many hours in it and while the bus was going up and down small winding roads I let my eyes and soul rest in the peaceful and white and empty and bare country. Kilometre after kilometre without a human touch (only the road of course). The weather was not good for picture taking. The sky was clouded with snow heavy clouds and it was snowing for the most of the weekend. This picture is from the small village where I was. Look at the colour, the sky, the ground and even the trees are all the same. It is this grey-white all around. It was very easy to fall asleep in the bus.
I was very happy to read Yarn Harlot’s blog entry about the Rovaniemi Mitten. I have been trying to gather bits of information about the mitten during the past months. There is something written about the mittens (both from Rovaniemi and from Inari) in Mary Olki’s books and there is a picture of the mitten in Eeva Haavisto’s mitten book that is similar to these mittens from Lapland – these books are old and have been out of print for a long time. There are also some magazine instructions that have been published over the years and there are quite similar mittens in some Norwegian books but there is not one word written (now, hopefully that will change sooner than later) anywhere how the mitten is done in detail and there is more there than what meets the eye.
At the moment my loom inspires me. I put it up again. I have 150 cm (60”) wide Toika Loom (my loom is Liisa). I’m not sure what I’ll be making in the coming months but I’m very happy and hopeful. I’m not a good weaver, and not an experienced one, I have done few carpets, scarves and table cloths but that’s all. Weaving is a way to learn something new and challenge my brain. Also weaving connects me to my Finnish great grandmothers. Finnish women have always been skillful weavers and there is lots of inspiration to be found all over. Many homes have hand-woven carpets at the least, but lots of them have hand-woven tablecloths and towels as well. Not to talk about warm blankets. If you are interested seeing some Finnish weaving, you can look at some ryijy rugs at this site (the site is in Finnish but click on the pictures).
I'm a bit afraid of this loom thing though. I know there are many frustrations ahead and moments when I feel like using the loom as firewood and I will rely on my knitting on such occasions. I trust it will be my peaceful companion and calming friend. When everything else fails, I know my knitting will be there patiently waiting to be picked up.