Monday, May 19, 2014

Arctic summer

Hi there!
The work with the little blanket continues...
So far I have completed (almost) 39 pieces and every single piece has been joyful work. I don't see any trouble getting this done sooner than later. I can hardly stay away from the work.
I completed one of the blocks to see the final size and the piece is quite small, only about 8,5 cm x 8,5 cm. I think I will need to make at least 72 squares. I have been thinking of making a border but so far I don't have a clue how I would like it to be. Somehow I trust this little blanket, I have faith in it and I am sure it will tell me what it needs at some point. This kind of project if very satisfying, it is like we are in consensus about everything. This is quite rare, very often there is some kind of battle somewhere. Although... I do realize, this is at a very early stage and really anything can happen and I might feel totally differently at some point.
So far, I am happy with the yarn, it does not split. I am happy with the hook size, I think it is perfect. I am happy with how long one circle takes, it is just right, not too quick to feel rushed but not too slow either, I feel that the work is progressing. I am happy with the colors, they are bright but they don't feel pushy - at least not yet. The work is easy to pick up and then again lay aside when something else needs to be done. 
I block every little circle before I continue with the last two border rows. This way they are easy to handle and the tendency to curl disappears. I don't stretch the pieces at all, just lay them flat and attach them with a few pins. 
Last night I was standing down by the lake enjoying the warm weather and calm night. It was almost 10pm, very peaceful and light. There is nothing happening in the video (taken with phone), just plain, quiet evening but I find joy in this scenery and I love this bare land. I am not good at taking any kind of video (it is even tilted a little bit), but thought about you when enjoying the very first warm evening of this season. The water is very high and you could spot occasional ice drifting here and there and you can hear bird song. The ground is cold, but it is recovering from the winter. And I know that on the other side of the lake, there are all kinds of creatures enjoying this warm weather too. 
Summer at the Arctic Circle.
Wool with you,


  1. Anonymous01:31

    I am so, so glad that you can write the phrase, "joyful work" and, even more glad for the feelings that enable the writing. I'm glad, too, that your blanket can communicate to you about its identity as you continue to create it. Thanks for another wonderful post. I really do wait on pins and needles for each new bit of insight from near your lake! oxox

  2. The video was so peaceful and beautiful. The colors of the lake are lovely. Thank you for sharing your part of the world.

  3. Lene, As I was watching and listening to the video clip, the colors in the sky kept tying into the colors of your circles above. They all became a little mirror of your corner of the world! Thank you for sharing.

  4. The sky colors reflecting on the water are stunning. And reflected in your color choices for your blanket. Those are my favorite colors as well. The circles are so sweet looking and the white around them is just beautiful.

  5. Thank you for sharing the video. If I lived by a lake I would also spend time just drinking in the peace. Beautiful.

  6. i'm totally in love with your project!!! could a not-very-good-crocheter dare tackle such a thing!!?? i might have to try!

    1. Of course you could! Piece by piece the results improve... Not hard, I promise!

  7. Beth in Maryland20:05

    There is a painting in your video, I think. Thank you for posting.

  8. Its always lovely to see what project you are working on.

  9. Lene, I grew up in Yellowknife, NT, not quite as far north as you are. Your video makes me lonesome for the land of my youth, but it is a good kind of melancholy.

  10. Summer at the Arctic Circle, brought to us by dear Lene - thank you ever so much - without you, there would be no glimpse into this gorgeous part of the world! I love your lake in all seasons. And I admire every single project that you offer.

  11. hi, please post more pictures of your baby blanket. I'd love to follow your progress. Any chance on getting your pattern. Thanks...judy

  12. Anonymous05:25

    I so miss your blogging. Hope you and your family are well. Would love to hear from you again.