And there was snow (and there is still a little bit)! New, white, soft coating. The forest looks magical. When you step into it, it is like crossing a threshold into the fairy land. Days are short, and they become little shorter every day.
When autumn turns into winter and new snow arrives, it is a new beginning to me. This is the time to gather thoughts and settle down. Winter is such a long stretch up here, that it seems endless, and thus it seems like there is lots of time at hand. New snow covers the ground and puts all sorts of little creatures into sleep. Then on the other hand, I become aware of lots of other ones, when they leave tracks on this new snow. The lake is still free, the temperature has not yet dropped low enough to bring the ice. I just love this “new-snow-season” so very, very much. According to the weather forecast, there is more snow and cold air ahead. Further north, the temperature may drop to -20C during the night!!!
Last weekend I traveled little bit to the south, 3 hours by car to visit a Handicraft fair in Oulu. It was two days of feasting with inspiration and all things crafty. I did buy yarn with bears and foxes and wolves in mind…
Louhittaren Luola. Tuulia has dyed yarn for many years and her eye for color is amazing. She dyes the most perfect blues, but this time it was these fur-coat colors for me mostly. I did buy one sweater’s quantity of silk and wool blend for a crochet sweater, but that I will show you later.
I also bought a kit to make a small Christmas tree and to make crochet mittens. I was looking for something to make during December (like an advent calendar) but did not find anything. I have been searching all sorts of patterns that I could divide into 24 parts and then pairing it with nice yarn, but so far, I have not settled into anything.
I blocked the Exploration Station and this is how it came out. I did not change my original color plan and just continued to the end. The shawl is huge, as I added two wedges to the first part of the shawl. My shawl model will come home in two weeks and hopefully I can then get pictures of both Exploration Station and Speckle and Pop shawls.
At the moment, I am almost through part two of the new mystery knitalong “Starflake” and tomorrow the third clue comes out. So far, I have enjoyed the clues and it feels like they knit up quickly, even though the shawl is already quite big.
But… my heart has been with the bear making. I finished my second one and made a third… there is fourth one on the way, waiting to be finished and I just love the process.
I have been drawing a fox face and that seems impossible too. I know that at some point, after much tossing and turning my thoughts, I will know how it should look. My husband made a comment and said that make a pig for Christmas! and I sighed, if only it was so easy. It never is, the body is easier, but the face, it takes so much time.
It is a long winter ahead... an endless stretch of snowy and cold days, hours to ponder on fox or wolf faces.
Wool with you, stay warm,