…and new yarn and a gadget!
The Nordic Knitting Symposium in Joensuu was a good one. The organization worked out beautifully. The lectures were very good and the food too good. The only complaint I have is that there was too much good food…! The company was the best there is! I was very happy to kknit with you all.
Coming home and settling down to my own life was a bit hard after all the excitement. All the new ideas and projects kept spinning in my head so for the first few days I really could not do much, I felt like starting this and that and trying out new yarns and soon realized that I could end up casting on for many, too many new projects, and that would not be good for the old ones. So instead of starting new projects I wrote down the new ideas, so they will not be forgotten over the coming months and decided to focus on the old ones to calm down a bit.
I received this new gadget as a gift. It is there in the background: a magnetic board to keep the pattern and to stay on the right row. (I know for sure it is from The Acorn Street Yarn Shop from Seattle.) This is just what I needed to get back to Henry. It is like when you buy a new kitchen utensil and fall in love with cooking again, or buy some new cleaning gear and trick yourself into cleaning. At the moment I’m quite determined to finish him before starting anything new but let’s see how this works out. I have had a few battles with having long enough floats and while doing this I have occasionally got the yarns mixed so that the main colour has ended up being the secondary, but I will not worry about this now… I guess this was not avoidable since this is the first this big fair-isle project. (When I finish the body part, I will block him to see how did I manage with the floats and if I did not do well enough, hmmm… I think about that later.)
I have never been a fan of garter stitch but I might have to consider that again. If you have not seen BrooklynTweed’s Adult Tomten Jacket, go and have a look and get inspired. It is perfect! And if you are looking for a new shawl, go and look at Anne’s Bee Shawl. Maybe you already are familiar with these two most inspiring knits this week, but if not, well, now you know.
This will start to feel like an advertising blog but bear me for a little while yet, because this is good news. If you would like to knit mittens in Finnish natural dyed wool you have to pay a visit to this blog. The mitten kits are beautiful and the yarn delicious and soft. And the blog is written in English and Finnish. The world up here is green and blue and full of light. The lake is nice and cool, good for swimming. But there is this one snake in this paradise… the mosquitoes! Their population is very high this summer thanks to the rainy weather we have been having. They are pestering the reindeer as well. They would really love to come to our yard and lie by the lake where there is little breeze that will sweep away the mosquitoes, but there is this one little curly tailed who has a problem with that and who will always chase them away. PS. I'm in Ravelry now! I have not yet added much there but will try to keep it up when I'm casting on for new projects.