_MG_8061.jpgFor years I have been thinking of improving my sewing skills but never had the time to do that. Sewing feels difficult because it involves giving three-dimensional form. Not my strong suit. Therefore I tend to avoid sewing even though I want to make something with it. This fall I finally have more time (and courage) to try new things. I am taking my leave of study as comprehensive as possible and sewing was scheduled too ;-)

What got me motivated in the end was a few a patterns that I came across on Pinterest: the Alder shirtdress and the Scout tee by Grainline studio. I love Jen´s patterns and I quess they´re well made because I could match everything easily. I made these muslin versions of both of the patterns and followed instructions step-by-step. And during that overcame my fears concerning sewing and fitting. And learned how to alter the patterns to improve the fit. Never before had I realized the actual problem with pattern AND knew how to fix it.

I have made clothes before for parties etc. and they´ve been fine to wear. But I concider making everyday clothes more difficult and those are the ones I can´t seem to find ready-made anymore (withing my budget and requirements). I am so happy to find this growing set of patterns and Jen´s blog for her professional instructions. Without her work my sewing machine would be left untouched and my intentions only daydreams.

_MG_8006.jpgThe weather keeps changing between freezing and warm. I hope it stays warm as long as possible so that I can keep breathing the mist of forest.

_MG_7959.jpgBut this week it snowed on couple of occasions too. Tati went crazy because of the snow. I guess he doesn´t remember much.

_MG_7999.jpgI have been cutting rags during the weekend for a rug. I already finished the first one but jumped right in to newest photos so it´ll have to wait. I am using all kinds of old fabrics and some of them date back to decades ago. For this set off two rugs I have gathered scraps of materials and I don´t havean actual plan or use for the rugs. And again it´s so liberating. Especially when turning nothing into something as is the case with most of these fabrics.

_MG_8038.jpgIn Finland women used to cut rags during summer, outside in fresh air. I can see why they did so. Because it´s very dusty. I hope my rag rug weaving settles for the winter. Next summer I will do my chores and get to weave when it´s cold and dark. With much less dust. I should make this into a new year´s resolution. Never to cut rags inside. And especially not velvet.

_MG_8039.jpgSomeone was about to make pants out of this fabric. And now I am cutting the parts to smaller shreds.

_MG_7976.jpgDuring the weekend I did a lot of cutting (now that I think of it). Tati got a new haircut too. Don´t get me wrong, I think this is his best look but he´s also starting have the notorious tangle phase apparently almost every poodle goes through. Here´s he washed and groomed but there underneath are the tangles even though I tried to go them through every day. So I had to basically shear him before the coat would be all tangled up.

_MG_8017.jpgAnd here´s the chopped version of him, after rain. This was my first time cutting his hair with shears. And I think it´s pretty ok. I know where I went wrong but all in all it was pretty easy because he behaves so well.

_MG_8019.jpgAnd we went for a very long walk to the forest too. Perfect. It was so quiet and peaceful.

How was your weekend?

_MG_6296.jpgDaily snapshots from late summer. It´s so cold already that I had to go through pictures that makes me remember that we just had a long warm summer and another will follow…

_MG_6258.jpgMade a blueberry pie from frozen blueberries.

_MG_5949.jpgWent to zoo with my friend and her two boys. These guys must be happy under the warming lamp…

_MG_6113.jpgPlaying with his sticks. Favourite toys: sticks, balls and toys that make noise.

_MG_5947.jpgOld beetles always make me happy.

_MG_6673.jpgR´s daily read, mostly on Surrealism. Doilies that I received to pass along to my mother.

_MG_6173.jpgAt my mother´s place. It´s amazing to step outside the front door and find yourself in the middle of the fields. With our apartment you have to walk quite some time to find an open place.

_MG_6256.jpgBaked two breads. So easy. How come I had not tried that before?

_MG_6303.jpgFrom the kitchen window. Love the neigbourhood we live in.

_MG_6297.jpgMint tea break.

_MG_6356.jpgOur house turned 100 years. Actually it happened last year but we never got around to celebrate. Our neighbour makes the best cakes, more cakes here.

_MG_5654.jpgI have been emptying my cabinet from old materials because I have been too lazy to order/buy new ones. Also, it´s good to keep stash low because I wouldn´t remember to use those anyways. Here´s a warp for two table runner experiments.

_MG_5718.jpgThis time I had to make something out of Poppana wefts I received when I bought the small loom. There were a few plastic bags filled with odds and ends in colours that I necessarily wouldn´t have bought myself. Of course there were a few favourites as well but in general quite odd selection of colours. You could tell how the old lady had been making Poppana table runners for every season…

_MG_5662.jpgDressing the loom for this project was so easy because I didn´t have to change the treadling from the last project. With countermarch loom tying the treadles is my least favourite task.

_MG_5749.jpgI don´t know how well known this type of textile is, but “Poppana” here is still very popular. It´s basically thinner and smaller textile that resembles rag rug, a miniature rug. The only difference is that the weft is always bias-cut. This makes weft fabric borders open up more (than when cut against the grain) and creates lovely soft weft-faced surface in time. They´re heavy-duty and become a lot better after use.

_MG_6359.jpgI had no plans for the runners except produce one that I could give to my mom. She had been asking for one. This ended up being the one for her. And the one above is left on hold. I don´t know if I even like it.

_MG_6379.jpgTati was trying to sleep under my loom but it was too disturbing with all the clanking noises. I´d like to know what he thinks of all this…

_MG_6382.jpg The end of the warp. I chose the worst colours and tried something else. For some reason the X-pattern caught my attention. I wonder what to do with that?

_MG_7111.jpgNew socks listed in my Etsy shop. I have listed two pairs. As soon as I started to take these pictures Tati stole the scene. I had to push him little by little out of the frame. And even then most of my pics had to be cropped so that the curls on top of his head wouldn´t show… So eager to participate ;-)

_MG_7289.jpgBasically I make two types of socks: thinner and thicker. These are thinner ones, the specialty ones as they require more work. With socks I usually pick yarn and pattern that I would use but end up selling them because I have so many pairs. I wear handknit socks everyday throughout summer and winter.

_MG_7297.jpgDo you remember this orange yarn? I bought it from Paris where sock yarn is actually very difficult to find. It is the perfect colour and softness. I wrote a post about it a long time ago. Still is the gem of my sock yarns.

_MG_7128.jpgThis is what happens when you can´t be on both sides of the camera at the same time. This is me pointing to R where to focus and being overhelpful (perhaps a little imperious as well…).

_MG_7296.jpgLove decorative rib patterns for socks. You really can´t beat rib in socks but it doesn´t have to be boring old “two knit and two purl stiches”. Besides, you get to do less purl stitches (the lesser nice ones in my opinion) with these textured rib patterns. I call them lazy ribs.

_MG_7139.jpg These socks I won´t sell because something (or someone) mysterious happened to them. I noticed a small hole in one of the socks. I must admit that I suspect Tati. He hasn´t chewn anything but still I can´t find any other reason. Perhaps when he was a small puppy because these were finished around the time he came to live with us… It´s a pity even though they´re already amended. I wish he´d had a bite of those orange ones so that I´d have an excuse to keep them.

Oh well, have a nice week!

_MG_4874.jpgHere´s a batch of dye samples again. I am hoping to find time to dye yarns for a scarf based on these samples I have made during summer. Both of my looms are without a warp at the moment and that´s not right!




_MG_5515.jpgCoffee to start every day. These are still old pictures but the past and present are getting closer.

At the moment I am updating my Etsy shop little by little with mittens so have look there what I have been up to in a last few days. My goal is to list approximately 30 items and keep stock for the rest of the year. I feel very happy to have time to open a shop again. Welcome!

_MG_5514.jpgCooking for Tati. Meat, meat, meat. It´s funny and a little terrifying also because I´m vegetarian.

_MG_5535.jpg Cutting off a rug. This was a big one: more than two metres.

_MG_5544.jpgA collection of things that I have taken out of Tati´s mouth. Luckily he doesn´t try chew everything anymore.

_MG_5597.jpgI got William Morris´ print for kitchen curtains. Love it. And I should have gone for it earlier because you only notice how brilliant the sequencing is with a longer piece.

_MG_5580.jpgHis post between kitchen and living room. Little stalker.

_MG_5555.jpgNo place to put this at the moment, unfortunately.

_MG_5645.jpgYarn cones for the warp.

_MG_5642.jpgI am warping for table runners because I have a lot of material that came with my small loom.

_MG_5619.jpgTati enjoying evening sun. He´s becoming such a handsome guy.

_MG_5703.jpg Book I got for free from Parisian bookshop. I think I saw that same book in Jim Jarmusch`s Only Lovers Left Alive when a vampire played by Tilda Swinton was packing for flight.

_MG_4390.jpgHere´s random snapshots from the first half of the year. In January I was browsing a book about Rembrandt´s house in a beautiful home in Edam.

_MG_4766.jpgSalmon and egg salad one day at home.

_MG_4827.jpgI went to see my co-worker´s sheep and hens.

_MG_4830.jpgTulips and recently dyed skeins of yarn in our kitchen.

_MG_4845.jpgRug I wove from the left-over warp of my mum´s rug.

_MG_4860.jpgDyeing a skein of red yarn. Turned out ok. But what should I use it for?

_MG_5048.jpgBlueish gray socks for a little boy. I think they´re too small already.

_MG_5305.jpgSocks in progress for a baby girl. There´s so many babies born this year. I wish it were easier to estimate their growth so I could knit more baby garments.

_MG_5307.jpgCoffee break. This neon ink colour instantly reminds of one of my friends.

_MG_5399.jpgWalking in the forest with R and Tati.

_MG_5412.jpgSuberb cake in fantastic company in Helsinki.

_MG_5486.jpgTati´s favourite.

_MG_5489.jpgDid all that came from the rug..?

_MG_5493.jpgMum brought me carnations.

_MG_5496.jpgRhino in a spice cabinet taking a break.

_MG_5501.jpgBaby girl´s socks finished.

is that for real?To be honest Tati is closing in on 8 months already but a lot has happened during this spring and summer and until this moment I haven´t had time to think about it. And not the least because of having a puppy around the house. I had to work a lot so that I could finally take a break and leave my job for one year in order to finally finish my degree in art history. Yippee! I am free! … and get to hang with this fellow.
playingHe takes me to forest.
curiousHe´s curious about everything. And without suspicion -that´s what I should learn from him.
young and braveI often think he´s too brave, dumb and brave, but so far he´s been right how long can he jump or how fast he can run.
napping againDozens of naps a day. Usually in this position and close to his favourite toy.
picnic Here´s a rare picture of us. Having a nice walk in the forest with a coffee break on top of a hill.
nappingThis time sleeping in my room.
taking a walkI wish there would be more places to walk him without a leash. We try to find one every day. I think both are fine with him but it makes a big difference in our walks. I am always admiring those European countries that allow dogs to be loose and as a result dogs (and people) behave so well. Perhaps one day…
socialiteOne thing that´s been verified about poodles. They´re social. I think during this puppy phase we´ve been oversocialized. He´s turned everyone on his side. What I have noticed is that dogs actually improve people´s relations to each other. After Tati moved in we´ve made a lot new friends and the whole neighbourhood has opened up in a new way.

at mum´sAt my mum´s. They´ve already made good friends and he greets her with a special mourn.
soakedWhat a relief that he enjoys grooming. Because the hair grows very fast. His colour is turning more and more pastel ginger, looking forward to see how red he´ll become.