<![CDATA[Charlotte's woolly web - Blog]]>Tue, 26 Jan 2016 22:11:21 +0200Weebly<![CDATA[New year, new project... and one old project]]>Tue, 26 Jan 2016 14:30:45 GMThttp://charlotteswoollyweb.weebly.com/blog/new-year-new-project-and-one-old-projectIt has certainly been a while since my last post! It has been such a busy time for me. I had a lovely Christmas and New Year's, it all seems like quite a while ago now. 
There is a lot of snow at the moment in Helsinki. Unfortunately, the temperatures are quite high at the moment and it's raining. So, now the streets are very mucky and icky. Not nice at all!
The weather is, however, ideal to stay inside with a nice cup of tea and some cake. The cake in the picture is a Runebergintorttu. It was invented by the wife of the Finnish writer J.L. Runeberg. His wife was also a writer, which is quite extraordinary, given that she lived in the 19th century. But apart from writing she was also very good at baking it seems. Runeberg's birthday was on the 5th of February and his birthday is still celebrated each year with these little cakes. They are absolutely divine! 
As you can see, I've picked up my embroidery again and started on the first big rose. There'll be three big roses in total... someday. 
Here is my new project! Because I want to de-stash, all the yarn for this project comes from my stash. It's a bit alarming that I have enough yarn for a complete cardigan. On top of that, it's yarn with more or less the same thickness and colours that go together. I guess it was about time I de-stashed a bit. 
This is my first big fair-isle project, I've knitted small things with two or more colours in the past, but nothing quite like this. So far, I think it's going well, and I'm happy about that. 
That's all I have to show for now. I'll try and update more regularly, but somehow I find myself so busy most of the time. 
<![CDATA[Knitting socks, part one]]>Sun, 15 Nov 2015 13:30:28 GMThttp://charlotteswoollyweb.weebly.com/blog/knitting-socks-part-oneHi there! Long time, no see! The last month was really busy, so I didn't have much time to write a new blog post. Today is my day off from anything study related. There is so much to do, but I feel like I really need just one day without thinking about proposal, thesis or some essay. 
I bought some nice new yarn two weeks ago. I absolutely loved the colours! So nice and sweet.
Someone asked me about Finnish yarn shops and yarn a few posts back. There are quite a few yarn shops around Helsinki. My favourite is Snurre, close to Kamppi shopping centre. They sell lovely organic yarns from many different places, including Finland, Iceland, and Japan. Another store I like is Menita, located on Korkeavuorenkatu, also in the city centre. They sell Finnish brands, like Novita and Pirkanmaa, but also international brands, such as Rowan and Drops. Menita is the biggest yarn shop in Helsinki. Some big supermarkets and department stores also sell yarn. This can be a great place for bargains! 
Back to the yarn I bought, it's by the Finnish brand Novita. I think this yarn, Seitsemän veljestä (or Seven brothers in English, a reference to the first Finnish language book published in Finland) is their most popular one. It comes in many different colours, including some self-stripping ones. It's a sock yarn, of course you can make different things with it as well. But I wanted to knit socks, really happy socks. 
I kept these socks really simple for two reasons. One, I find that with many self-stripping yarns, patterns don't really show. I wanted to let the colours speak for themselves. Two, my head couldn't do any more thinking, so I just opted for straightforward stockinette stitch. 
I did crochet a small shell edging on top, for extra frilly happiness. The pattern is based on a Finnish pattern I found online. I did however wrote everything I did down in English. So if anyone's interested, let me know and I can send you the pattern. There's not much to it, these are about the simplest socks you can make.
The picture above is form the end of October. The leaves had made such a lovely yellow carpet on the ground in front of one of my favourite places, Kappeli. 

P.S.: The title says 'part one', that means, of course, that part two is also coming soon(ish)!
<![CDATA[Autumn]]>Sun, 04 Oct 2015 11:24:25 GMThttp://charlotteswoollyweb.weebly.com/blog/autumn
Autumn has surely arrived here in Finland. The first autumn storm has happened, it's getting colder and the days are getting shorter. The picture above has the season summed up pretty well. Fallen leaves, small toadstools and a little squirrel (can you spot it?). 
The prefect time to snuggle up inside with some hot chocolate and a lovely cinnamon bun after an autumnal walk. 
The gloves for my boyfriend are coming along nicely. Unfortunately I ran out of yarn just before I finished the second one. Of course, this yarn is nowhere near to be found in Helsinki. One shop carries the brand and this type of yarn, but not the colour I need. So my mum is buying it for me in Amsterdam. When I get home mid-October, I can finish the gloves. 
It was also time for a new project, a Gryffindor scarf for a dear friend of mine. She used to live in Helsinki, that's how we met. Now, she's living in the UK, we met in August when I was in London. We hadn't seen each other for over two years! Such a long time. When we met, we went to the Harry Potter store at Kings' Cross Station. She wanted to buy one of the Gryffindor scarves, but upon seeing the price tag, she put it down again disappointedly. That's when I offered to knit one for her. This year's first Christmas present is officially in the making. 
This rose is a last snippet of summer... When I came out of the metro on Friday, someone was handing out red roses promoting a new store. I love flowers, but unfortunately, they are rather expensive here. Or maybe they're just really cheap in the Netherlands. Anyway, I never buy them here. But when someone is giving away flowers, I won't say no. This rose is such a cheerful sight when the weather is murky and grey. 
<![CDATA[Making promises...]]>Wed, 09 Sep 2015 10:51:53 GMThttp://charlotteswoollyweb.weebly.com/blog/making-promisesThree years ago, I promised my boyfriend knitted mitts. A year and a half ago I promised to knit him some socks. A bit over six months ago I promised to knit him a cardigan. So far, only the cardigan is finished (pictures of that coming soon). The other two projects, the mitts and socks, are still on my needles and not finished. 

When it was time for me to go back to Finland, I had a rummage through my stash and WIP's and found the mitts and socks again. My stash is really quite big, so I decided to de-stash a bit. The first step in this process is finishing all my WIP's. Because I promised my boyfriend mitts and socks such a long time ago, I decided these would be the first projects I'd finish. 
You might recognise the yarn for these socks. I used the same yarn for my own socks last year. When I finished my socks, I still had a whole ball of the yarn left. The yardage for that project was really off. That's why I decided that my boyfriend could also use some hand-knitted socks. We picked the 'Tilney socks' pattern by Rachel Coopey, from Jane Austen knits, fall 2012 issue.  
In the picture you can see how far I got. Yes, not very far... 
This is how far I got with the mitts. Quite far. But, there're some mistakes where I started the cable pattern, after the ribbing. So I decided to frog the whole thing and start again. Back to square one. 
This is how far I got in just one week! One mitt finished, except for darning in the ends, and the second one already on the needles. I'm quite happy I frogged my previous attempt, because this looks so much better. 
The pattern is also from Jane Austen knits (I absolutely love those magazines!), it's 'Fitz' by Catherine Shields, from the 2011 issue. The yarn is lovely, it's Rowan's fine tweed, but I'm afraid I'll run out of it before the second mitten is done. So I'll have to see what to do about that. For now I'll continue knitting and hoping that for some miraculous reason, I'll have enough yarn. 
After the mitts I'll pick up those poor socks again. After that I'll finish projects I've promised to others. Yes, I think that'll keep me busy until Christmas. Shhh! Don't tell anyone I'm also knitting a cardigan for myself.  
<![CDATA[Sewing...]]>Wed, 19 Aug 2015 17:17:33 GMThttp://charlotteswoollyweb.weebly.com/blog/sewingLast weekend I visited my mum to sew a new pillow cover for my couch. The one I had was worn out and had some tears. It really was time for a new cover. Me and my boyfriend picked the fabric way back in January. There were so many lovely fabrics to pick from but we eventually settled for Morris & Co.'s 'Kennet' with an aubergine background and large scale florals in gold. 
Both me and my boyfriend love the designs by Morris & Co., so it was only logical for us to pick one of their designs. We eventually settled for this one because of the beautiful dark purple background and the way it matched with darker greens we have in the living room.
Whilst working on the pillow's stuffing, Lola accompanied me by playing with it. She's such a great help! 

Unfortunately I didn't take any pictures whilst making the cover, much too busy with sewing. But I do have pictures of the finished result. I'm so happy with this new cover. It looks so very nice and gives our living area something extra. 
Can you guess who was the first to test the new pillow? 
Of course, little Lola! Immediately playing, so I guess it's a yes from her!