Category Archives: Crafts

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

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

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

For the hot and cold summer

Allegra,

I wanted to knit something for really hot summer, so I ordered 100 % organic linen yarn . It is rather difficult to knit since there is no stretch to the yarn and it shows every mistake you make but I just love the feel of linen and it’s coolness when it is hot.P1060318 P1060317 P1060307P1060304

Unfortunately we have had very few warm days so far. Hot? None.

But us knitters won’t freeze! I finally finished my blue fair isle sweater. After two years planning, trying out different color (always blues) combinations, calculating stitches and ribbing out numerous times it is finally finished:IMG_0725P1060228P1060235P1060232IMG_0723

P1060238IMG_0722won’t freezy, no. Not me. I hope you neither, have a nice, warm summer

Chars salüds

Päppä

Inspiration

Allegra,

I think choosing the colors is the most fun part in knitting. I just love to play around with the different color combinations and try out whatever. I used to knit everything in blue or gray shades but I have learned to add more colors to my range.

Here the latest finished works. As you see, most of the time the inspiration comes from the nature around me.

The spring is not quite yet here but I am looking forward to the  flowers on the fields and the richness of the colors.

I wish you a colorful week

chars salüds

Päppä

Edinburgh Yarn Festival

Allegra,

it was a quick trip to Edinburgh over the last weekend. But I hardly saw anything of the City, instead I saw my friends at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival!

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At the sight of so much yarn our hearts started to beat faster …

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In every corner you saw people knitting, what a lovely scene

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Saturday evening was reserved for a woolly program, a ca-baa-ret with Felicity Ford

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and what does one do at the girls night out? Knit of course!

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On Sunday evening it was time for our own cabaret. It was our last evening together but we all will meet in Shetland this fall, what a comfort!

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chars salüds

Päppä

Fair Isle knitting

Allegra,

I love color and I love to knit color work. Fair Isle knitting is just it, color work knitting. Last October I was able to go to Shetland and learned some more about Fair Isle knitting. So since then I have been knitting Daniel a sweater with Jamieson and Smith’s natural colors, not dyed, just straight from the sheep, so to say.

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the real knitter’s tell, the back side of your knitting should look good as well, so here we go, not bad, ha

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and then it was ready!

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we had to go outside and test the warmth of it too, Daniel did not freeze 🙂P1040739P1040738chars salüds from one happy knitter

Päppä

knitting

 

Allegra,

There has been many cold winter evenings spent wisely with knitting 🙂P1040390 P1040391 P1040392

very long time I just looked at this pattern and thought it is far too difficult to knit until I decided to have a go. And it was not difficult at all, it only looks bit complicated but was actually easy and fun to knit.

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before I left to Finland I felt like knitting something really nordic. What is more nordic than reindeers? Although Daniel pointed out that some of my reindeers look more like hippopotamus…

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then I wanted to make a cardigan I saw in Internet but obviously  I picked wrong kind of yarn. It just fell apart and was twice the size I had wanted it to be. I was rather disappointed until my friend Taina asked me:” what is more important for you, to choose the colors, feel the wool and  be excited about a new project or the end result?”

I felt good again immediately!

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hope you too !

chars salüds

Päivi

 

Winter Knits

Allegra,

The evenings are dark and cold now, perfect to stay inside and to do some crafts.

I had dyed the yarn for this shawl in Shetland and I finally finished the shawl, It is the first one I ever made and I have to say it was fun to doP1030456

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A cardigan for Beatrice is finished as well and she told me it fits!
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Something fluffy and easy for winter.

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This is the best part: I have a new helper, Daniel is extremely supportive in my knitting habit and he has ordered me all sorts of gadgets for winding the wool and I think he is enjoying it as well with best results, as you can see

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so I am planning as a thank you, a Fair Isle jumper for Daniel. Perhaps in these natural colors, what do you think?

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Happy crafting to you too!

Chars salüds

Päppä

Christmas wreath

Buna Saira,

First advent and I am only starting to make decorations! Quick, quick I gathered my stash of wool, picked the greens and reds and here we go:
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Chars Salüds

Päppä