The Casmere mittens (from the last post) inspiration is from a Japanese book called Nordic Knitting by Akiyo Murono and my copy is from Acorn Street from Seattle. Thank you Susanna! The mittens that are in the book are not the very same that I'm making but they are very lovely. Let's not talk about the pairs. I don't know how many mittens I have at the moment on the needles that are longing for a pair, and let's not forget the socks either... I have a severe case of second sock/mitten syndrome and it really seems beyond cure. I does not feel right.
The reasons for falling off the blog wagon...
First I took a little trip to Helsinki and spent some quality time there with Niina (blogless). We studied mittens in the National Museum and afterwards went for yarn (shawl yarn as if I need more... Madil Kid Seta and Grignasco MerinoSilk) and book (that took my knitting mind to a new level!) shopping. Perfect times. Thank you Niina!
Second - No matter how small a trip, I need some adjustment-time at home before I have established the routines. Days passed and no blogging, then some more days just reading blogs and listening to what you all were knitting and how weather was changing all over and it really felt good to be listening only. I’m more quiet than talkative – I think – and falling into silence seemed just perfect. The more days I let pass without blogging, the more difficult it was to come up with anything worth writing. So I have sat with my knitting in front of the computer when I have had spare time. Plain stockinette. Perfect for reading and listening, you hardly never need to look at the knitting and your eyes are free to look up at the screen.
This will be a sweater some day. It is being knit with Schachenmayr Catania with needle size 3,5 mm (US4). the colour is true on my monitor. So far I have used 4 skeins, 200 grams, I still have 300 grams left, so I have options for long sleeves and really long body. I'm not sure how much longer I can keep going, I still don't like knitting with pure cotton that much. But as I said this is perfect for reading and falling into silence.
With something this simple how do you keep track how far you have come during one knitting session?
It was not rewarding to count rows. When I had long passed the row number 99 and reached the number 144 and it still looked the same, the counting lost its appeal. I thought about counting by the number of skeins left, but it took too long to reach the end of the skein and I ended up spending more time weighing and squeezing the skein than knitting. I have knit it onto two needles quite often to try it on, but when I have tried it on and made a note to myself that i need to knit about 7 cm's before waist line and have knit for a time that seems like ten years and tried it on again and still there is 6 cm's before the waist line, I realized that it was not rewarding either. Really, the best way for me to deal with this sweater is for you all writing long posts in small font... But when this is done, I hope to have something wearable. When I look at the sidebar of my blog, I can not say that I'm proud of what I have done this year... And we are already heading fast for May.
Thank you Margreet for nominating me for the Thinker Blogger Award. I should now nominate five other blogs that I think would deserve to be nominated. There are so many good thinkers out there. Even though this is just a play and I could pick five good thinkers today, I will not because I would soon regret and have second thoughts and I don’t want to deal with that stress. (I know this sounds a bit silly, but I sort of don't want to arrange blogs in any kind of order... )
Today when I popped out of the door early in the morning, I heard and saw swans. It touched my heart. It feels good after long and hard winter to see these majestic birds return.
Signs of spring. The snow mobile tracks leading towards the lake are
wearing thin but the ice on the lake is quite thick still. Only two days ago we were driving on the ice. Although I must admit, it would please my heart to see these toys being put away for few months and to go look for gardening tools. But it would be too early yet... Are you surprised to see the amount of snow left?
PS. I watched an enchanting movie this afternoon: Girl with a Pearl Earring. The soft coloring and the light in the movie were just so very beautiful and perfect. It tells a story of one of the paintings by Johannes Vermeer.