Monday, May 16, 2016

Welcoming hearts

May continues to be lovely. I could not love any month more than I love this beautiful May. The lake pictures were taken last night around 10pm, when all was calm. Tonight there are tiny ripples on the lake and the sky is very overcast.
I have been little behind with my spring chores (cleaning both inside and outside the house) because of being away from home so much during the past month. All the undone jobs started to weigh me down until this past weekend, I finally got started and although very little is done, I am on the way. I really liked washing the windows today! Who would have guessed? Out of the three difficult windows, two are done and only one remains to be done. I have never counted all the squares that I need to do, most of the windows are triple ones, but out of all of them I have three that are tricky to open and I end up washing the outer layer from the outside and that means that I need to get out the ladder. Out of the three, the hardest one is left. I hope to get it done tomorrow.
Every time lately when buying groceries, I have brought home a small rose from the supermarket to be planted into a pot. So far I have four. It is cold during the night and my last task every night is to collect the pots and bring them inside and in the morning along with the dogs, the roses go out. I place them outside to a sunny spot where northerly winds cannot touch them. They bring me so much joy, and the flower season is still all ahead, it is only May!
I am continuing in making little leaves and flowers but in between I have knitted hearts. Last week when waiting for the inspiration to hit me to get me started on this cleaning business, I sort of let the house go into a bad condition; I kept leaving stuff lying around always telling me that soon I will start… One morning when I was passing the entrance, I stopped and took a long look and was not at all happy of what I was looking at: shoes that had been kicked off here and there, lots of sand and mud, spider webs, dust, bags on the floor and on the chair… What depressed me most was the fact that you could walk into this house without having a clue that an enthusiastic and passionate knitter lives here. The revelation left me sad and empty somehow and during the whole day, I kept wondering what I should do, what could I do to remedy that. I knew I would eventually clean the mess, but that would not take care of the fact that something was missing, the knitting was and is missing. If you looked very carefully, you could spot a scarf or a shawl on a hook somewhere there, but nothing else.
I thought that I would make new curtains for the windows there and after tossing away the idea of knitting white lace curtains, I found a big piece of this beautiful blue Marimekko print that has small houses on it and decided that it would work. The blue is so strong and deep, that I started to see red in my mind’s eye. Red… what could be red, what could I make in red, knitted and red? I have always loved the colorful bunting but have never made any, and I thought that maybe now I could make red heart bunting.
I knitted the first heart and then the second and now I have six and maybe I will need a couple of more. I did little bit of embroidery on them and now I am worried of making them too cute, they need to be warm and welcoming but they definitely cannot be too cute. There is a very thin line there and I truly hope I can stay on the better side of the line.

If I cross the line, there is always the seam ripper. Let’s hope I don’t need to come to that.

Wool hearts with you,


  1. Beautiful lake peaceful. Your little red hearts are charming. I don't think you have crossed the line. I, too, have been avoiding chores and instead playing some. Finally this weekend I did a few things. Much more to do and I need to speed it up as we have overnight guests coming in early June. That time will be here before we know it!

  2. Your hearts are charming and not at all too cute. I think the bunting idea is a nice one.

  3. Your lake photos are stunning, as are your roses. Those hearts are sweet (not too cute!), warm, and welcoming, and I especially love your thought processes that provide lovely roses in May and a clear idea that a creative and talented knitter lives in your home. Thank you for sharing!

  4. What beautiful fabric! That will make wonderful curtains, and the hearts are a clever idea to contrast with the blue. They don't look at all cutesy to me. It will be fun to see finished pictures of your projects.
    Our house is up for sale so I have to keep it tidy all the time, which is hard for me, although once I got it tidy in the first place, the maintenance part is not so bad. Except dusting. I hate that. It seems so pointless. It has been a very satisfying exercise to root through all the corners and shelves in the house, ruthlessly weeding out what has accumulated over so many years.

  5. Some of those lines in the fabric remind me of the Vs of knit stitches! And I love the heart bunting!

  6. I think we all might relate to this post. Fun reading it!

  7. sandra03:38

    Your hearts are wonderful, and so is the fabric. I love the way you add touches of whimsy to the things you make. I would never think of embellishing the hearts! They look perfect!

  8. Sharon03:58

    Lene I really enjoy your blog and your creativity and seeing what your part of the world is like.I live in the country in the southern interior of British Columbia and it looks much the same.More mountains but the same kind of life.Enjoy the summer!

    1. sandra03:55

      I live in BC, too!

  9. Your knitted hearts look lovely and your curtain fabric stunning :)

  10. I do love your hearts so much and the embellishments are perfection. Have always loved the marimekko fabrics and your blue is sensational! The lake - oh, the lake! We have always spent summers on the lake - how wonderful that you get to watch it change year round.

  11. Your pictures and your hearts give me so much joy.

  12. The fabric and the hearts are lovely. I can't imagine breaking the seams of those hearts.

  13. Anonymous13:55

    Dear Lene hope you'r well and still going knitting and drawing....
    hope the house is clean and when you come into , it is a house from the great designer we love.... with a lot of your beautiful knittings everywere.... especialy the Bunny's......
    Sorry for my bad english,
    With love frome the coast of the Netherlands,