Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Browsing the dim back corner
Of a musty antique shop
Opened an old book of poetry
Angels flew out from the pages
I caught the whiff of a soul
The ink seemed fresh as today
Was that voices whispering?
The tree of the paper still grows.
- Terri Guillemets -

pattern: Klänning med hålmönster by Käthe Fog (Kreativ Stickning nr 13 / 2011)
needles: 4,0mm
yarn: Novita Ilona, 600g

I tried a Swedish knitting magazine for the first time and the result actually kind of good and the abbreviations were easy enough. So no linguistic problems, but once again the pattern was a bit too short: the lace pattern should begin around mid waist, in my dress it begins just below breastline. I made completely different sleeves, because the original pattern called for t-shirt sleeves and I'm not a big fan of those. Anyways these sleeves are a bit more femme, I think. The yarn is some really old yarn I found stashed in my drawers, probably bought it all back when I started knitting in the first place.

The pics are taken in my new fave café called Kahvila Runo. It's a fantastic café in the older quarter of Tampere and absolutely perfect for any romanticist!

Pics from the upstairs gallery. The colours are mysteriously spicy which contrast nicely with the light colours dowstairs. The lighting is kind of dim and it creates this cozy, intriguing old parlour atmosphere.

The dowstairs is filled with wonderful little details I could browse all day. Like old poetry books and beautiful mirrors and pieces of art. I don't know about the coffee selection since I don't drink any, but the tea selection is breathtaking! I don't think I've ever been to a café before with such a repertory of teas! The chairs are as if made for knitting, especially the extracomfortable armchairs by the windows. Needless to say that downstairs with supersized windows, the lighting is perfect for any kind of knitting project.

On top of all this, the personnel are extremely friendly and people with allergies should ask if there are any pastries or cakes that do not contain particular allergens (we've already tried dairy free and glutein free pudding - yum!).

Kahvila Runo
Ojakatu 3
33100 Tampere

Saturday, 13 August 2011

A wise old owl sat on an oak; the more he saw the less he spoke; the less he spoke the more he heard; why aren't we like that wise old bird?

I sewed this owl kettle warmer for my Ravelry Swap partner, because she likes owls and teas. The fabric is actually the same vintage tunic fabric I used in the bunny. There's an insulation layer under the colourful fabric which ensures that the kettle stays warm long.

Vegan Choc-almond-banana cupcakes

makes 12 medium-sized cupcakes


- 2 bananas
- 250 ml soy cream
- 2 ½ tsp baking powder
- 1 ½ tsp vanilla sugar
- 3 ½ dl wheat flour
- ½ dl sugar
- 2 tbsp ground almonds
- 4 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 dl rapeseed oil
- 50 g ground chocolate


- 100 g room temp margarine
- 300 g icing sugar
- 50 g cocoa powder
- 40 ml coconut cream

Pre-heat oven to 180 celsius degrees. Crush bananas into paste and add the soy cream. Combine dry products (flour, powders, sugars, chocolate crumbs and almonds. Add to banana soy cream and mix all ingredients. Add oil and mix well. Divide into cupcake pan. Bake for 20 to 25 min or until firm.

Add sifted icing sugar and cocoa powder to room temp margarine and blend well. Add coconut cream a couple of teaspoonfuls at a time to mixture. Blend 5 min or until frosting becomes fluffy.