The celebration was one of the best ones for a long time, of course due to the fact that we all were together. I have had little bit of time to knit and weather permitting, I have been walking. I completed one sock and one fingerless mitten and even though I did not plan much ahead and thought that I would not even make a pair for the mitten, I think I will knit it a companion.
I am writing this in the midst of packing. We (DH and me) are off tomorrow up to the north (there is still plenty of Finland above the Arctic Circle), about 3 more hours by the car. We have a small log cabin, old one, up north; there is no electricity, nobody has been there for ages, so the cabin is nesting there inside snow. We will get up early tomorrow, so that we will drive in darkness to be able to take use of the two daylight hours to get to shovel the path to the outhouse (yikes!!) and to the wood shed; and to get the heating (wood) going before the darkness falls again and to be able to bring the temperature inside the cabin little bit over zero Celsius before it is time to crawl into the sleeping bags (mine is good to sleep in -40°C so I will be good!). We will stay there for a few days. It will be a nice challenge! How to keep up the good spirits with the cold and the darkness. Wood and wool for warmth, candles for light.
So packing wool... Socks, longjohns, wool sweaters, cowls and shawls, mittens, fingerless mittens, scarves, hats... everything will be necessary. I need to be warm to be in good spirits, I can stand hunger and thirst for a bit, but I lose my good temper when cold. Heaven forbid my grumpy face, so I am bringing everything. (Plus chocolate and nuts, they will restore the energy levels quickly!). I am taking along something to knit, but I have not yet decided what. Something small and portable. Most likely it will be a sock, a pair for the striped one.
I will take pictures along the way (as long as my batteries will last), and will post them when I get back. We won't be back this year, and we won't be talking again until next year, so I am wishing you all a very happy new year,
Wool with you (and me)
PS. The cabled mittens were my own pattern.