Sunday, 4 December 2016

Day 4

This used to be my club's shop premises before we moved to Villa Cooper. For about a year now another group of crafty people have their beautiful shop there.

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Day 3

Little cabins with Christmas gift shops and activities for children a week ago.

Friday, 2 December 2016

Day 2

We just watched again the movie Calendar Girls on TV. The husband of one of the ladies died of leukaemia, and he had no time to give a speech at the Women's Institute. It was read there though, and in the speech he compared the women of Yorkshire to the flowers of Yorkshire, and how each stage of their bloom is more beautiful than the other. And then they seed.
I thought of his words when I saw these flowers of last summer, waiting for the birds or winter winds to spread their seeds, and in my eyes the flowers are still beautiful.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Day 1

My irregular blog Advent Calendar is back. Last year I had knee issues, some other years other things on my mind, but I decided to try again. Just a few words and a picture every day until December 24th or maybe even 25th.

This picture, taken today almost at noon, shows how close to Winter Solstice we are. Our days are getting about six minutes shorter every day for a couple of weeks still.

Welcome back tomorrow to a new picture of our winter.

Monday, 21 November 2016

Quilt blocks for the sampler and some knitting

After a long absence from my sewing machine I have taken the bull by the horns again and finished ten new blocks for the Splendid Sampler. I have decided to make things easier for myself whenever I feel like it, so I used a striped fabric here instead of piecing the half circle, and I appliqued the halves on the background instead of piecing them. I don't like curved seams very much.

This one is done by the book (there will be a book with these patterns in the Spring!).

Plus Love:

First Stitch, block 71:

And here a group photo:

I have knitted little mittens

and a pair of pink and grey socks.

Winter arrived at the beginning of this month for about ten days, but is now gone again, with rain and plus degrees. It was pretty while it lasted.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Dolls for Unicef, again

Meet my newest Unicef dolls, numbers 66 to 69 on my list. My hopeful plan is to make them a hundred dolls in my lifetime. I finished this lot today, and they are waiting for the new identity card forms from the Unicef office.

The dolls will not be sold but adopted, and the adoption fee, 20 to 40€ or more, will go 100% to Unicef. It is enough to buy all vital vaccinations for a real child somewhere out there where life is so much tougher.
The dolls don't even have names yet. I will go through my list first, because I don't want to use the same names again. I think the boy will be called Valtteri.

I was experimenting with new hairstyles and noticed that the more yarn I use, the better the hair will look, to a certain limit of course. The girl in the blue and white dress is having a bad hair day because I ran out of that yarn. Let's not call it bad hair, it is more like typical Finnish mouse coloured thin  and limp hair.

Maybe the two redheads ought to swap dresses? The purple might look great with green eyes.

Here are all my socks with the price tags Kaija designed and printed for me. I just stamped the size, price and name of the socks on them and punched the holes before sewing them on the socks.

October has almost over and I haven't sewn any Splendid Sampler blocks since my last post here. Maybe now when the socks and the dolls are off my list I can concentrate on the quilt blocks again.

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Knitter's Block

This is my newest pair of socks, honey coloured honeycomb socks among autumn coloured bilberry leaves.

I like to spray the finished socks with water and stretch them out to dry to make my stitches look smoother and the pattern more visible.

My dear, clever Mr K. made me sock blocks in three sizes, and now the socks get a new, almost professional look.

Earlier this week we visited our DD Kaija and brought her some old things, and she designed and printed nice price tags for all my new socks and mittens. It was good to see her, and a lovely trip through beautiful landscapes, with the trees still in their autumn colours in bright sunshine.

Since my last post I have been busy with two more blocks for the Splendid Sampler quilt.

I'm again three blocks behind, but the ones I have waiting are all nice ones.

Our nights are cold by this time of the year so the morning temperatures are just around the freezing point.

Brassica and Calluna have replaced my summer annuals. It is time to cut down the perennials in the flowerbeds. All apples are cooked for the winter, I'm quite proud of my new record of 112 jars. They should last until next summer.