Monday, 25 November 2013

Unicorn's Hangover

pattern: OppAtt by Jeannie Cartmel
yarn: Manos del Uruguay Alegria, in colour Locura Fluo, 70g
needles: 2.25mm

"The dire circumstances require desperate measures" I said to my concerned partner, when I brought a skein of Alegria home. He was sincerely worried about me, because he knows I hate rainbow vomits from the bottom of my pitch dark heart. I can't explain this, but then again don't regret either, even though they are a bit too, well, bright for me.

hillanen knit a gorgeous version of this pattern, so I gave it a try too. Suppose it works with only moderately striped yarn though, because the cables don't pop up that much with this yarn.

The pics taken in the library of Humanities in Tampere uni; while others were writing their theses, I was cackling away between shelves with my unicorn's sick socks. Ah, procrastination.

Monday, 18 November 2013


The absolute highpoint of the year (Finnish Handicrafts Fair here in Tampere) came and went and this time I was extremely ill and unwell - exciting to say the least (last year it was crutches, so can't wait for the next year.) Anyways, this is what I managed to haul, in the end:
- a skein of Veto, in pink
- a skein of Hopeasäie Aada, in colour Neulanen
- a skein of Hedgehog Fibres Sock Yarn, in colour Villain
- 4 balls of Andes, in grey
- a skein of The Uncommon Thread Merino DK, in colour Nimbostratus (already cast on)

The Sock Yarn and the Merino DK *drool*. Jesus, how long can one just squish and pet a skein of yarn? The Merino is going to be Välimäki's Contemporary and the Sock yarn probably Hermione's Socks, the Veto is for my sister's socks and Aada and Andes are for West's Esjan.

... But this beauty was the cherry on my ibuprofen fuelled, shitty-life-situation-induced freak-out. I mean, look at it, it's a gauge and brass knuckles rolled into one beautiful package and it sports a text "Knit or Die". I heart it.

Monday, 4 November 2013

Greetings from the Hellmouth

yarn: Louhittaren Luola Louhitar, in colour Metsä, less than 80g
needles: 4mm

So, I haven't been around that much lately, thanks to the serial sucker punches and curveballs the universe decided to throw at me this autumn. All in all, my life this previous month and so has reduced to mere damage control and serious prioritizing projects and thus knitting on a large scale has been off the table. But here's something.

There couldn't be a lovelier November yarn than Louhitar; it's a bit scratchy and coarse, but warm as hell and the texture is just beyond praising. And now that colour... It's the perfect November colour, blends perfectly with the dying leaves, thriving moss and the cold ground: it is, as the name of the dye says, like the forest.

My favourite month of the year, here I come with some plain simple but rocking gorgeous mittens! And perhaps somewhere there, there's light at the end of the Hellmouth.