December is picking up pace and the very short days – mere 3 hours – are flying away. The sun rises around 11 and sets again little after one in the afternoon. You really lose sense of time when it is always dark, and by 17 (5pm) in the afternoon, you start to think about going to bed, since it has been dark for so long already...
December has kept me busy but so has also someone else you have not met. Couple of weeks ago, I searched the internet if there were any Finnish Spitz puppies on sale or if there were expecting mothers out there. I have done this now and then during this fall, but every time I have stopped to think about the extremely lively and wild little cat we have. In truth, he is not little any more, he turned one year in November, but his behavior is very childish and WILD at times. He plays with Ruusu daily and she has a handful there, but has learned to peace him out. Ruusu grew up with an old and mellow cat, her childhood was full of love and washing and sleeping next to each other, and I did not have to worry about her being hurt in any way. Little Väinö is not mellow and his plays get often quite rowdy.
If I was to get a little puppy, I am sure all would work out just fine in the end but somehow having a tiny puppy with this young and adventurous cat, has made me rethink about it.
While I was online searching, I happened to see a picture of a three-and-a-half-year-old Finnish Spitz boy in need of a new home. I showed it to my husband and he called the number right away. We went to see him to see if we could find a mutual understanding and respect towards each other, I mean the dog and us. When he walked into the room, he came straight away to me and licked my hands… and thus held my heart in his paws and you know the rest.
He has been living with us for two weeks and it is as he has always belonged to us. He is open, playful, he has been trained, he knows all the basic words and he is all around very lovable guy. Here is Piki.
Short days (I know, it is 24 hours as always but it does seem like less), Piki and December has left me very little time to spend with the cardigan, but there is some progress and I am eager to show it to you. Last time I had blocked the pieces. I sewed them together, slowly and carefully.
There is not going to be anything fancy with the hem, just simple folded hem. And the sleeves… most likely chocolate brown stockinette all the way.
The inside of the cardigan needs some work. I am almost certain that the seams will not unravel but they don’t look neat and I think I will try to fix that, at least in places that are visible. I am not sure if I will knit something or just cover the seams with bias tape.
The cardigan is not finished and it can still go wrong, but it is looking so much better - what a relief! This was starting to weigh me down.
Today the temperature dropped to almost -30ºC; it is seriously cold. I will need to go and get some firewood inside for tomorrow morning. Hope you are warm and well… and if you are doing holiday prep, hope it is going smoothly. I am taking it very easy this year, and very much enjoying the season but without any stress.
Wool with you,