Kite flyer vest

Kite flyer vest (ravelry link)
by Veera Välimäki

Yarn: Vesa sukkalanka
Needles: 8 mm

I used thinner yarn and needles to get a good size for a 6-month-old.
Baby O. wanted his vest without a hood so I only knit a few rows to make a collar. He looks like Sir Lancelot in his harness.
Last day to vote and win!


Helping Santa

Sizes: 100 and 110 cm
Materials: recycled bedsheets and recycled curtain
Pattern in JUJU - erilainen lastenvaatekirja by Mari Savio and Kati Rapia. 

Two new matryoshka dresses (previous #1 & previous #2) were wrapped and sent for little girls for Christmas. I love this simple pattern!

Two more days to vote and win!



Wurm beanie (ravelry link)
Yarn: Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend (70% Merino, 30% Silk)

Wurm was an easy and quick knitting project. I don't like purling so I cheated and turned the work around for purl rows and knitted them from the wrong side. On holidays one's allowed to be lazy!
Silk blend is the softest yarn I've come across so far so it's perfect for wearing next to skin.

Remember to vote here and have a chance to win Midnight Mitts!!


Boxing Day

On Boxing Day it was time to head out again and introduce the newest member of the family to the family traditions. With just six months of age, baby O. was not allowed to have the sausages, but seemingly enjoyed his own lunch by the fire.

P.S. Still a few days time to vote!


Christmas Day

Christmas Day. No need to go anywhere nor do anything.
Wurm on the needles, a cup of rhubarb tea from Mirva, lots of candles.

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Midnight Mitts
70% Wool, 30% Bamboo

Which of my Advent Calendar photos did you like the most?
Vote for your favourite number and have a chance to win either pair of these fingerless mitts! The green ones are a bit larger in size than the brown ones.

Leave a comment with your favourite number and the color of your choice of mitts (green/brown) with your name/nick if you  don't have a profile. Double your chances by joining the member panel!

You have until the end of year 2011 to enter.
Good luck!



Merry Christmas to you all!

Photo by bonFire

Ps. Did you find all the numbers?



Location: Võru, Estonia.



Location: Offshore Oulu, Finland.

Sailing trip with colleagues.
This has become a tradition at the start of autumn.



Location: Võru, Estonia.

For some reason, there was a farmacy at every corner of this town. Beautiful, but somewhat run-down town. I had the best set of starters here: Küüslauguleivad (garlic bread), seljanka (tomato based soup with sausages) and pelmeenid (dumplings). 3 starters was plenty for dinner.



Location: Rauma, Finland.

Kitukränn, the narrowest street in Finland.



Location: Villa de Leyva, Colombia.

A picturesque colonial town in Boyacá. So beautiful it felt like a dream.
This was the door to my hotel room.
My face was screaming red, badly burnt up on the mountains a day before. Our driver made sure I had fresh aloe leaves to medicate my skin every evening and morning. That was the best ever after sun "lotion". In a couple of days the burn blisters were gone.



Location: Vienna, Austria.

Giant Ferris Wheel in Vienna.
If you want a giant dessert, go to Café Central in Vienna and order Kaiserschmarrn. 
But take my advice: don't have a main before this dessert. It'll be your lunch, and probably dinner, too.


CIF 2011

Oh, what a lovely surprise!
I received a craft it forward mail from Mirva.
T h a n k   y o u !
Little surprises like this make me smile.


Location: London, United Kingdom.

Walking towards Borough Market.
If you haven't been there yet, go now.


10Days in two months

10Days sweater by Suvi Simola
Yarn: Esito-huopalanka, 100% wool

Unfortunately, the end result is a bit too small for me.. but I do love the pattern. It's very simple with nice details. I’ll just have to make another one!
The buttons are handmade from a juniper branch. I love the scent of them!


Location: Copenhagen, Denmark.

If I was ever to live in Copenhagen, I'm sure I would turn into an artist.
It's got such a creative atmosphere.



Location: Sydney, Australia.

Sydney Opera House. 
This photo was taken on a ferry from Circular Quay to Manly Beach. It was a cold, but sunny day.
"Why did you come to Australia in winter?" was a question I had to answer several times on that trip. Well, Finland is so far away from Oz that there's no point in travelling there for a short time, and I only have longer holiday when it's summer in Finland. Besides, I have experienced the Australian summer and... it's a bit too hot for my bones.



Location: Benalmadena, Spain.

I'd caught a horrible flu in London and had do lie down for the first days of our holiday in Spain. Could have been worse: Sleeping in a deck chair on the balcony, adding some sun block every few hours. Would have done that anyway...



Location: El Cocuy, Colombia.

One of the loveliest places I've been to. Such a peaceful, sleepy town up in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. All men wearing 'ruanas' and hats. All the houses painted with white and green, the colours of peace. Sadly, it hasn't been all that peaceful just a few years back.. but hopefully will be in the future.



Location: near Battambang, Cambodia.

Victory Mini Restaurant.
Good Food, reasonable price.

Among other things, they sold bottled Hi-Tech Water.



Location: Pietarsaari, Finland.

First time in Pietarsaari, and it was a pleasant surprise. 
Charming old houses created a feeling of the days gone by.


Winter ♥

Today, a trip to Winter Wonderland. It was just behind the door.
Snow, more snow, snow.
Sausages, tea, glögg, cakes.. at sunset by the fire.
And to defrost toes, sauna in the evening.