_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!

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_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.

paletteOne day I was dyeing my favourites. I set out to find certain hues or colors but I only got close. I found nice colours but here is not a single one which is precisely what I was looking for. And that´s what makes this interesting and that the goal changes during the process.
the essentialsOf course I had to do swatches for gray tones as well. I made five middle tones between black and white. I might do more to fill the gaps and already started to work on tinted grays. What a luxyry to have these choices at your disposal? The downside being that it´s always more difficult with more choices.
autumnThis palette is turning towards my favourite season: autumn. I really love the light and the colours in the nature during autumn. What I don´t love so much is the wind and rain that´s already here. I have to wait for the colours a while.

gazingHonestly this is the first time I have a moment to remember Tati´s first month with us. Here is he, almost 3 months and on his first walk in his new hometown. Sometimes he looks quite pink outdoors.
guilty When I saw this look first time I thought he would cause a havoc at our place but it never happened. He hasn´t caused *fingers crossed* any damage or done anything this face might cause to suspect.
yes!This look makes my heart melt.
with pomHis friend, we call him Pom, came also to live with us but Tati is too much in love with him so we had to put him up on a shelf.
zzzLots of sleep. Lots.
peekingHe likes to hang. As most poodles do I guess. What a surprise to watch a film or read a book with a puppy. Sirens and barking won´t be left unnoticed. But still he never barks. When he saw a dog on TV, he went to look for it behind the TV in another room.
Hilarious!
growingThis is one of his favourite spots. You can see the entrance, living room and my room from here.
tinyHere´s that edgy look again. Yet so overwhelmed by the world.
sundayWe moved downstairs to sleep because we thought he could not handle us sleeping upstairs. Well, we were wrong, he took us moving back calmer than us sleeping downstairs.
irresistableHappiness is this look on a sunday morning.
chewHe´s very playful and chewing is one his pastimes. One time we were eating spaghetti he brought a skein of white yarn and started chewing a strand next to the dining table. Priceless.
sleepHe is almost inseparable with his toy beaver. Sometimes I cannot tell them apart. Indoors they´re almost the same color.

More updates will follow.

rainbowHere´s new batch of dyed yarn samples! I used three primaries and mixed them to produce the hues in between.
pureHere´s the palette of readymade colours.
mixedAnd here´s the ones that are mixed with two colours.
favouritesAnd these are some of my personal favourites. They came as a surprise for myself too.

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