Basics

Allegra,

After knitting lots of colour work lately I thought that it is time for some basics. Since I love blue, of course I ended up knitting two blue sweaters.P1090030

The darker blue is made with Jade Sapphire’s yarn called Sylph, a mixture of cashmere and linen. I was curious about the yarn and I think it is the softest sweater I have ever made and weighs only 167 grams!IMG_0427 IMG_0428

The light blue one is made with Lang Silkmerino, also soft and does  definately not itch. I did not have any pattern for both of the sweaters but with some calculations they turned out pretty well.IMG_0434 IMG_0435This is my favorite outfit at the moment

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Trying to get out of my comfort zone  I knitted with green too. The cardigan is a pattern from Carrie Bostick Hoge called Barn sweater and I love to wear it. I knitted it with Brooklyn Tweed’s Loft

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But it is back to blue…IMG_0443 P1090026

Have a nice week

chars salüds

Päppä

Bruno

Allegra,

Allegra was the last ( and the only word he was able to say) word Bruno said to me as I visited him in the hospital after his Stroke.

Bruno is, was my father-in-law, who died a week before Christmas.  he was a kind man always in a good mood and he was the most keen person to read my blog. Every time I had written something I got a mail next day with his comments and thanks to keep him posted  of what is going on here in the mountains.

We all really miss him so much.IMG_0299

We spent the Christmas together and there was not a day we did not think about or talked about Bruno. It did us all good.IMG_0226IMG_0224IMG_0211

I wish you all Bun On – happy New Year, you too Bruno, where ever you watch us. IMG_0280Chars salüds

Päppä

Glurns

Allegra,

Although we  hardly have any snow, we are in Christmas spirits. My favorite Christmas market is in Glurns. Glurns is a tiny medieval mountain town in Italy, just by the swiss boarder and they have a Christmas market where you find all handmade articles.
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the material used in crafts is often from the natureP1080806 P1080807 P1080808 P1080809 P1080810 P1080811

Aren’t they beautiful? Another great thing at this market is music; there are many small music groups wandering around the market and you hear all sorts of music playedP1080814

Of course all to eat and drink is self-madeP1080816 P1080817 P1080824Bellas Festas!

Chars salüds

Päppä

Off my needles

Allegra,

Yes, I have been knitting and once again loving to choose colors. For this shawl I had some nice fall colors in my stash and I could even finish the shawl for the  colorful fall season. The pattern is from one of my favorite knit designers Hélène Magnusson.
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This is a very special shawl for me because Marianne spun the yarn and I love the colors and the feel of the yarn. Thank you Marianne.IMG_0032

of course I have knitted garments for Ella.  Here a crochet-dress

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And the  rest of it is more or less all blues…

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Inspired by Shetland

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Before I hit the ski slopes I have time to knit some more, at the moment on my needles a fisherman’s sweater for Daniel

Stay warm

chars salüds

Päppä

Fall colors

Allegra,

This time of the year is spent outside. We have had the most beautiful colorful season, lovely hikes with our visitors and walks with Anton and Oskar.P1080284 P1080297 P1080294 P1080384 P1080387 P1080519 P1080511 P1080601 P1080623 P1080391 P1080604 P1080669 P1080662

It also has snowed, the mountain tops are white and the lark trees are slowly loosing their needles, time to light the candles

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Colorful days to you all

wishes

Päppä

Shetland Wool Week 2015

Allegra,

It was a week full of color and beauty. Lots of workshops about knitting and meeting my friends. It was a wonderful week in beautiful Shetland

There was an official opening ceremony for the wool week  where we had the fiddlers  and which Claire presented wearing her christening stola knitted by her motherP1070950

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A view from my room

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I shared a house with Ruth from Rhode Island (not from New Jersey), Marianne from Holland, Jeanne from Chicago, Janis from Connecticut and Claire from England here toasting for Ella

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we learned a lot from very experienced Shetland knitters and it was fun!P1070967P1070913P1070904P1080058P1080224P1080235P1070818P1070877I miss Shetland, and my knitting friends but I will meet some of them in Edinburgh next March so I am happily looking forward to next vacation together! Take care all of you

chars salüds

Päivi

It’s all about Ella Jill

Allegra,

My lovely daughter Natasha became a mama, and I am Nonna now!! I am over the moon , happy and just happy again, and again
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Lovely Ella Jill

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Auntie Anastasia with Ella

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Don’t you agree, she is the most beautiful little baby (poppa as we say here in vallader) in the world!

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back to Switzerland, where we had quite a lot of snow during the last  two days.
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chars salüds

Päppä

New Home

Allegra,

the  restoration and renovation of our new home took over an year. We waited and waited and I have to admit I am extremely happy the waiting time is over.

My anticipation of a new home was high and I am not disappointed.

But the big surprise was to discover my new way to work and back. I kind of never gave it a thought, it was always about the house. Until I walked home for the first time. See the pictures and I am sure you understand what I meanP1060957 IMG_0753 P1060960 P1070046 P1060962 P1070022 P1060968 P1060971 P1060969 P1060978P1070614P1070652P1070654

and the walk home after the first snow on the mountain tops

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I drive to work every morning and Daniel walks down to Scuol with Anton and Oskar. After day’s work we swap, he drives home and I walk with the dogs. I think this is the happiest part of all moving and having a new home, the walk home in this beautiful scenery.

I wish you a nice week

chars salüds

Päivi

Vacation in Finland

Allegra,

First we moved to our new not quite finished house and then we left for the vacation. We left everything unpacked and just took off towards Finland.
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Anton and Oskar came with usP1070167P1070460

We enjoyed the finish natureP1070187P1070212

SavonlinnaP1070292P1070294P1070296

life on the island
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Anton and Oskar enjoyed their friend Elli P1070257

new and old finish architecture, church in Helsinki

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staircase in Design Museum in HelsinkiP1070473

and everybody loves ice-creamP1070491

the marketP1070461P1070465P1070485It was good to see so many friends and family. Big thank you and hugs for all of you who gave us bed and food and good company.

Miss you

chars salüds

Päppä

The weekends

 

Allegra,

most of the time our  weekends have three components

1. Hiking

although it is hot in these altitudes too, we try to do some hiking. Like once again Muottas MuraglP1060504 P1060513 P1060509 P1060522 P1060526 P1060525and this Sunday we hiked through Bergell, from Casaccia to Soglio

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2. Friends and Family

Eat good food in good company, all I need! (the food comes naturally with good wine)

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3. PackingP1060604

 

yes, the moving day is getting closer … I have been packing for ages and there are  heaps left to do but soon, very soon we have a new home.

Bainvgnü e chars salüds

Päppä