Italy was beautiful: the scenery, the food, the wines and the culture and art that was present everywhere. We stayed in Lago di Como in northern Italy for a few short – too short – days. My DH spent his days in meetings while I got to do some sightseeing. One day I visited the Educational Silk Museum of Como, which was very interesting and educational. Another day I took a sightseeing trip on a boat around the lake and saw a grand old villa called Villa Carlotta what had absolutely fantastic garden. One morning I went to see the works of Renoir, Corot, Toulouse-Lautrec and Sisley – to mention just a few – in Villa Olmo. My soul is now filled with beauty and my spirit is freshened with being away from the normal surroundings. While away the summer had come to my part of the world. It is warm, the birds never seem to shut up and the sun is up in the sky for almost 24 hours a day.
I have been very busy ever since homecoming; have been working outside long hours and all the outside work just can wear off all the extra energy. I have not knit much once inside late at nights. I bought some embroidery silk from Italy and just few bits of silk fabric and I have had to fight against the suction from my work studio; I guess I should not call it a studio; it is so messy at the moment that it is more like a pig house. I go in and drop off stuff where there is free space and then just close the door and I’m running out, or really have run out of free space some time ago so the stuff is just piling up towards the ceiling… Yarns are calling me as well. I did not buy any from Italy. I surprisingly did not hunt for yarn shops and sort of wanted to be away from the knitting to build the desire to knit again. The little bit of energy that has been left after a day’s work outside has been spent knitting Monkeys. And I managed to finish these Tangerine ones (my third pair!). I love them. I love the colour to no end. And I have cast on for a new pair. I’m afraid that this summer is going to be a Monkey one.
Other than Monkeys I have been working with the Rovaniemi mittens a bit. The Nordic Knitting Symposium is held in Finland in Joensuu in the beginning of July and I’m teaching three workshops there on the mitten, so there is quite a bit of work to do on that front.
On the way back home from Italy we had a long wait in Helsinki and we took a small break from the airport waiting and went for shopping in a near by big mall. DH was shopping for canoeing stuff while I went into a bookstore and found a book on soap making. So far I have only been reading the recipes and trying to build up the courage to try one recipe with olive oil. But really I have been too tired to try it yet. I will though, the craft seems very appealing. Today I gathered a big bucket of birch leaves and have them simmering in a kettle. Hopefully tomorrow I have time to dye some wool or yarn with the outcome dye. And while DH was cutting down few trees I collected the lichen from them.
So there is little bit of this and that to keep me entertained in the fiber front. But what I desire right now most is just to go to bed and rest. Tomorrow will be another hard working day outside. The cut down trees need to be cleaned off branches and need to be chop into firewood and then to be taken into shed to dry... Country life at its best. Or at its worst.