Before I go, let me show you one more picture full of colourfull goodness!
This summer me and my boyfriend spent a part of our holiday in Bath, England. A truly beautiful city, with lots to do, especially if you're a Jane Austen fan like me! Something else we went to was an exhibition at the American Museum in Britain. An entire exhibition dedicated to the wonderful Kaffe Fassett.
The fun already started outside with this tree. Lanterns everywhere made out of fabric designed by Fassett. The trunk had a cozy crochet jacket and the lower branches were hung with pompoms in many bright colours.
And what about this colourfully yarn bombed lamp post?
The exhibition opened with this lovely display of a Kaffe Fassett styled living room. There is so much to see. Don't all these colours make you instantly happy?
What I also loved about this exhibition was the diversity of the objects, quilts, furniture, ceramics, knits...
Words can't fully describe all the colourful prettiness. So enjoy the pictures!
I remember from this display that Kaffe Fassett wanted to picture vegetables as gloriously as flowers and show the beauty of vegetables.
I fell in love with this beautiful knitted cardigan. The shape is so wonderful and something different. If I ever find the pattern for this cardigan I'll be very tempted to give it a try, although I'm not that good with colourwork.
Before I go, let me show you one more picture full of colourfull goodness!
This week I have a week off from university lectures, but it's not really a holiday because I have lots of essays and other things I need to write. I just finished writing an eight page long analysis of one of my favourite poems, Kevät or Spring by Saima Harmaja. I will give you the Finnish version and my translation.
My translation doesn't really do the original justice but it gives you an idea of the poem's theme and tone. If you want to know how the poem sounds in Finnish, the band Harmaja has a song inspired by this poem and the lyrics are almost the same as the poem.
Because of all this homework I haven't had a lot of time for crafty things. But I did buy some dpn's so I can make nicer looking hearts. As you can see in the picture below the white heart has a better shape than the red one, especially the tip is more pronounced.
Soon I'd like to put up a tutorial and a pattern on how to knit hearts on dpn's so you can make your own for Christmas or other occasions.
The hearts are quick to make so ideal for last minute decorations or presents.
The weather here is definitely getting colder and rainier and the days are getting shorter. But no need to be sad! There are enough things to do indoors.
The picture next to this text shows the outside view from my apartment's kitchen. Quite good, don't you think? Living in the city, but with this view it feels like living in the forest.
Inspired by the colours from this picture and also in advance for Christmas I bought some yarn.
Time to make some Christmas decorations! When I came here in August I didn't bring any Christmas decorations with me. One of the reasons was that I will be spending Christmas with my boyfriend and family in the Netherlands. But I can't bear the thought not to have any festive decorations.
Especially not if stores sell cute buttons like these:
How can one resist cute reindeer faced buttons? I for one simply can't. When I came home with my new yarn and reindeer buttons the crafting began! Here is my first Christmas decoration for this year:
Since the beginning of this week it's been getting colder and colder and now there's rain as well. You could say the weather is very autumn-like. I like this weather when I can stay inside and snuggle up with some hot tea or hot chocolate and knit or read. I absolutely do not like this weather when I need to go outside. Unfortunately sometimes I have no choice but to go outside and face the cold.
My mom send me another card last week, this 'Jasmine Fairy'. I think it is very cute.
Another cute thing is the Moomin mug I bought last week. Moomin's are very popular here in Finland. You can buy al kinds of stuff with Moomins on it, like these mugs, or clothes,towels, notebooks, pens, cards, toys, and much more. If you like the Moomins and you're ever in Finland you should visit the Moomin shop in Forum, Helsinki, they have a very big collection. If you're from the UK, there's a Moomin shop in Covent Garden, London. The shop itself is also very cute.
There are many different variations of Moomin mugs available. Usually each character has at least one mug with their picture on it and there are also mugs with different characters. Each winter and summer special mugs are made, which can become highly collectible and are sometimes sold for €300 or more! The Finnish company that makes these mugs, Arabia, also make bowls, plates and other tableware with Moomins.
In the Netherlands I already have some more Moomin themed tableware, but you can never have enough of these! There are so many cute designs and often new designs are released.
The character on my mug is named, Moomintroll or Muumipeikko in Finnish. In my opinion the Finnish name sounds much better and cuter.
As you can see I'm still knitting my 'Juliet'. At the moment I've finished the left front and I'm now working on the left back. Both of these are worked in one go. This means there is now shoulder seam and no tricky sewing of the sleeve. The right side of the garment is the same as the left side but the front will be the back and vice versa. Are you still following me? All will be more clear when I've knitted some more.
Bye for now!
This is of course very normal for things like cardigans and pull-overs, but not for someone like me, who has never knitted something like that before.
I already shared a picture with you about this project in an earlier post without telling you what it was. Now the mystery (was it really a mystery?) will be solved.
The pattern I choose for this project is from Rowan Magazine 54 (my absolute favourite Rowan Magazine so far!) and is named 'Correlli'.
The yarn used is Pure Wool 4ply, before this I had never knitted with it but it's lovely to knit with. Usually I find 100% sheep yarn a bit sturdy and it's not very nice to wear against your skin. However with this yarn I have none of these problem. It is soft and not at all irritating to wear against skin.
When I visited London with my boyfriend last year, I visited Liberty (maybe my favourite store, this is a post full of favourites) to buy the yarn and buttons. You can see the buttons below. I really love the design of these buttons, they remind me of the Arts and Crafts movement.
I already started this project last autumn and finally finished it last Sunday. It took a long time for me to finish it, partly because I usually work on different projects simultaneously and also because this project was a bit tricky at times and I'd do something else. After a break I'd usually understand the instructions more clearly.
But now, just in time for this autumn and winter, my own 'Corelli' is finally finished. And I'm so very happy with it!
No pictures this time of me wearing it. It's very hard to take nice pictures of yourself!
What I especially like are the buttons on the back and the puffed sleeves. It's these small extra's that make this cardigan more special and interesting than most cardigans. What's also special about it, of course, is that this is a hand-made piece of clothing.
Since Sunday I started my next project, which is a knitted top, named Juliet, in Fine Lace. Also from Rowan Magazine 54.
Below is a picture of my progress so far and in my next post I'll tell you some more about it and my progress.
Hello! My name is Charlotte and I like to knit, sew, and crochet. Other hobbies are playing the cello, violin, and reading. I live in Finland