Today is the first very cold day up here… when I woke up in the morning, it was -25ºC and it did feel quite brisk. And since we last talked, we have got lots of new snow. Snow always does wonders to the scenery, and one does not get tired of looking at it and admiring the peace and quiet that come with it. It does not only do wonders to the scenery; it also makes one hanker for wool. Wool socks on the very first thing in the morning, and then I reach for a shawl or a cardigan, before venturing downstairs to make the very first cup of coffee. I love the cold, dark winter mornings with a steaming hot coffee and milk (soymilk in my case).
My trip to Helsinki was lovely, I love travelling by train, my mind needs the slow pace of the train to keep up with the body. I spent quality time with my girl, walked around the city, did some shopping, and then there was the book fair. It was very crowded, nonetheless, I enjoyed every second. And brought home few treasures. The books have taken my attention this past week and I sort of fell out of the crafting routine. For a few days afterwards, I did not knit or crochet but now I am finding my needles and hooks again. I did not even bring my knitting along with me on the trip, I know, sometimes I just need a break.
In October I went to a Craft Fair in Oulu and bought some yarn with every intention to knit a fox. Since I have had those yarns on my desk and have waited for inspiration; it is the face that is always the hardest part. I have sketched the face a few times, and not until this past week I got it. I think this is it now…
Look at the beautiful fur coat she has, it is Röyhetyinen (72% Kid Mohair and 28% silk) in colorway Pähkinä and Tuulen Tytär (Superwash Merinowool) in colorway Rusko, both yarns by Louhittaren Luola. In the old times fox was one of the most hunted animals in Finland because of the beautiful fur and she would really be in danger if let roam alone in the forest.
As gorgeous as the fur may be, it is too cold to be outside without pants and a good, heavy coat.
I did finish my crochet sweater and it is very much like the ones I did before. I have used the one with the doilies in the back quite a lot and I expect to wear the new striped one much too. I enjoy the sturdy feel of them, and the shape is so easy to wear. I have some lovely silk and wool blend that I might start hooking tonight, but I have alternatives too. The silk and wool blend is luxurious and would make a lovely festive Christmas sweater, but I am not sure if that is the one, I need to do now. Starflake Snowflake is in the basket waiting for some serious knitting of 600 stitches long rows and I don’t have the fortitude for it now. It will get done, there is not that much left compared to what has already been done, but it needs to wait for a bit.
It is such a long time I had socks on my needles that I really should try to knit a new pair… but no determination for them either.
It is either a new knitted fox or a new crochet sweater tonight. But before anything else, I am going to prepare myself a hot, tasty glögg. Thank you for being here, thank you for reading, xx.
Wool with you,