Sunday, 30 December 2012

Never Again Will I Fall to You


pattern: African Flower Hexagon by Lounette Fourie & Anita Rossouw
yarn: Sandnes Sisu, Novita Wool
hook: 3mm


I've been knitting very little lately, partly because of the teacher training + uni studies + work, but the main culprit has been this. I started making it for my man's niece when she was born and this year I decided I'd finish it. Haven't the foggiest how large it is (...perfect size for a child's bed...?), I did count the hexagons 6 months ago but didn't put it down in the notes. And I was still weaving in the ends the day before the eve, so counting or measuring wasn't part of the extremely effective, high-velocity wrap-up process. 

I could say something in the lines of "never again", but I would probably be lying.


Friday, 28 December 2012

Second Hand Shop: Friikku


Okay, so I spent my Xmas in Lahti with my family and sadly noticed that twoof my all time favourite thrift shops and fleamarkets had quit (Femmatori and Autiotalo). On a positive note, a new sceond hand shop had opened just next to the centre square. 

Friikku is one of those second hand shops that sells precisely handpicked items (on behalf of singular private persons who have an account in the shop and pay provision for each purchase), thus making the selection quite succint but first rate and extremely exquisite. These kinds of second hand shops are not made for crazy one euro bargains but to provide second hand shoppers with unique items of great quality; when looking for something particular that's a bit different and in a sound shape (in my case mostly boots, shoes, bags and coats)

But in addition to these weaknesses of mine mentioned above, Friikku offers absolutely delightful clothes for men and women. Some of the treasures that caught my eye during the visit were a Ril's blazer, a Malene Birger top and a lovely white tunic-like blouse (just to mention a few, there are so many gorgeous items, for both ladies and gentlemen). There were some awesome jeans too, and that's a lot coming from me, since I'm not a jeans kind of girl.

In Friikku everything is set neatly on display in racks an. In my honest opinion, the shop's atmosphere is what sets it apart from others like it. It's situated inside a court yard, just like those fantastic small shops in London, and the whole shop feels spacious and bright despite its actual size. And service is simply great.

All in all, definitely worth visiting and shopping. For the clothes and especially for its bags, purses, belts and shoes. Oh, those bags and purses... Anyway, I hauled out just a pair of biker boots, but I can't wait to see what the shop has in store for the spring and summer. Now, I let the pics speak for themselves.









FRIIKKU
Vapaudenkatu 14, Lahti

Saturday, 22 December 2012

Death by Brownies


"Death by brownies" -mixes-in-a-jar. The original, original recipe is something like this, however my creations are a sugary, more chocolatey mods of that. And in these pics you can actually see the neat layers, which surprisingly disappeared after a couple of shaken-not-stirred.




I've been such a miserable, whining sod this autumn and to be fair, couple of my friends have been my ever reliable kisby rings through the whole circus. So these are the extra pressies I made for them, as they, like me, nurture affectionate feelings towards everything that has at least 20 sugarcubes worth of sweetness in them. (And by god, these jars have more sugar than flour in them)

Though I'm not very Christmassy person and this year I've tended to be even more grinchy, the celebration does have a certain value in my eyes and that's closer to the American idea of Thanksgiving. That is, Chrissie season reminds me of how undeservingly lucky I've been to have such absolutely awesome persons as friends. So with these I just want to let you know that your support and Peace Nobel prize level patience does not go unnoticed despite my cold exterior. Namaste, friends.

Monday, 17 December 2012

So I Accepted the Sky


pattern: Tähtipannunalunen from eilen tein blog
material: Ekokude from Taito shop, 125g
hook: 9mm


Xmas pressie for Mum. I was supposed to knit a plain rectangular pot holder with the leftover material from my rug, but then Hanne from blog eilen tein published a pattern for this super awesome star. So there was me - begging that my lefties would suffice for the star and crocheted like there's no tomorrow (or Xmas eve in 7 days, as a matter of fact). Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! And really easy! Just to add a little thing for those whose forté isn't crocheting: I'm pretty sure that on row 2 you're not supposed to crochet into every stictch but into every other. Not nowhere near sure, but that's how I was able to divide the points evenly.

Hopefully another one on the way soon, just to embellish our kitchen...

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Tam-Tam-Tam-Di-Tam


 pattern: #31 Bobbled Tam by Cathy Carron
yarn: Madelinetosh Sport in colour Posy
needles: 3.5mm


Since my first attempt  for a hat this Christmas didn't work out, I had to make another, especially with these infernal temperatures outside. Bobbled tam appeared in Vogue Knitting a couple of years ago in bright avocado green, crunchy yarn. The pattern was really easy, though charts would have made it even better (I'm on team Charts, are you on team Written Instructions?). As the original pattern was for DK, I knitted size L with my Tosh sport... Lovely, lovely yarn. I think I'm going crazy with Tosh. Such wonderful, gentle colours and textures.

Sorry about the quality of the pics, I'm never home when the sun is up so I have to make do with these grainy, fuzzy pictures. Don't look close and just squint your eyes, and voíla! Instant prettyfication!