Monthly Archives: July 2011

The best summer knitting

My current obsession seems to be shawls (not lace -see below.)


Pattern: Oaklet shawl (it is free!)

Yarn: Schachenmayr nomotta Catania, a little under three skeins

Needles: 3.5mm


I really only bought this yarn because of the colour (closest to pansy purple, or so Wikipedia tells me) but was also pleasantly surprised by have nice it was to knit. A soft cotton yarn, not too thick or too lightweight. Pretty cheap too. I did notice some colour bleeding during the blocking, though, which might be a hazard if the yarn was used for knitting garments.

I added the garter ridges to the pattern and also did a garter edge since I had extra yarn.

Right now I am completely smitten with an all-garter scarf that I am knitting out of a handpainted yarn. So my obsession most definitely is not with lace (although I do like it, as long as it’s not too difficult or tedious) but rather with knits that

1.consist of only one piece,

2. are relatively quick,

3. and can be worn even during summer.

Obviously cotton scarves are winning since socks come in pairs and I find it hard to wear a hat in the kind of weather we’ve been enjoying. 


In which there is vegan food, ponytails, and knitting.

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We took a day trip to Porvoo.


It was hot (30 C) and humid, so we went by boat. Nice wind and all that.

(Please note the incognito sunglasses.)


We had lunch in a terrific vegetarian café. The name of the place was Fredrikan lähde (Fredrika’s Fountain) and they have a website.


Yes, that’s me having lunch. In a garden under an apple tree. I can’t imagine a better place to have lunch at, really.


Would you like to take a closer look at the food?


Homemade bread with hummus, some kale salad, some green stuff that tasted good but was not spinach like I thought, and something that tasted like the salad version of gazpacho. Absolutely yummy. The lunch also included soup, of which I forgot to take a picture. And there were vegan dessert options, so this wasn’t really the light lunch that salad picture might lead you to believe…

So that was my short report on eating vegan in Porvoo. I know I google things like this when going on a trip, so maybe this will one day help a tourist or two ๐Ÿ™‚ Now on to the knitting!


(Apparently a ponytail is my hairdo of choice in hot weather.)

It is Ishbel, and it is finished. Some specs:

Pattern: Ishbel, by Ysolda Teague. Here’s her website. Ishbel is part of her Whimsical Little Knits collection, but is also available separately. The pattern has two sizes (S and L) and the first time I knit this in 2008, I made the small size. This time I knit the L stockinette with S lace. 

Yarn: This is a bit of a mystery. Probably The Natural Dye Studio’s Sparkle sock. In any case, it’s discontinued. Sorry! I really liked it too. It’s a cotton-tencel mix and light fingering weight.

Needles: 3mm Addi circs.

Finished size: About 125cm wingspan and 44cm along the spine, blocked. I did have some yarn left over. The same size could probably be achieved with  a single skein of Malabrigo sock.

Feelings: The yarn was absolutely wonderful to knit with, and I love the feel of the finished shawl -although it does not feel as light as I expected. The yarn bled while blocking.

The ishbel lace pattern, while obviously quite lovely, is really annoying in that I did not manage to memorize the pattern. I had to check the chart after every row which meant that I couldn’t knit this on lunch breaks at work. But now it’s finished, and luckily the finished lace is worth the effort ๐Ÿ™‚


(almost) Blue for July: the sock edition

I have a FO!


Pattern: Spring Cable (available here)

Yarn: Kollage Yarns Luscious, colorway Aqua Green

Needles: 2mm


This is my first finished pair of socks since October last year, almost a cause for celebration! I used to be obsessed with sock knitting, and was even afraid for a while that I was never going to get that enthusiasm back.

These socks are also special in that (as I explained before) I knit this pair to replace another dear pair, and even in the same pattern. They are also my first pair of non-wool knit socks, and I’m really looking forward to wearing them.


Summer reruns

 If someone claims Finnish summers are cold, well they might not have been here during the last two years. Going outside feels like walking into a different country, more hot and humid than I thought possible. I do love summer and warm weather, but even I crave for rain now. 

After a few hours in the sun this afternoon I had to escape indoors. Luckily I do have sufficient entertainment for Sunday evenings like this: Hercule Poirot and knitting. Of course the Poirot episodes are reruns (it’s summer after all) but hey, so is the knitting!


This is Ishbel, the über-popular pattern by Ysolda Teague. I knit it first in June 2009, when even a small amount of lace felt like a huge accomplishment. This week I was desperately trying to figure out what to do with my beautiful skein of hand-dyed cotton/tencel and for some reason could only imagine it as Ishbel. I was going to knit the small size but got accidently carried away at knitting night, so I guess I’m doing the large stockinette with the small lace border.

I’m also (still) knitting the socks mentioned previously -also a pattern rerun. The only completely new thing I’m working on is this:


Yes, it’s a hat. But at least it’s 50% blue ๐Ÿ˜‰


C´est fini!


I definitely saw this as a water-themed project (perfect for the blue month of PS!) and chose my skein of wollmeise twin in the “neptune” colourway.

I knit 11 repeats of the main lace chart, and the blocked wingspan of the shawl is about 123cm. It’s certainly more a shoulder shawl than something to be wrapped around the neck.

I have to leave for work soon, so let’s keep this short and sweet ๐Ÿ™‚

Easy Peasy Recipe

I didn’t manage to post this in June, but here goes anyway. A green recipe for PS!


Easy-peasy pea & sage sauce with rice

two spring onions

one 200g bag of frozen peas

2,5dl oat cream (Oatly)

Potato starch

1tsp sage

black pepper, salt


Sauté the onions in a pan for a few minutes, then add the peas and cream. When the cream is just about to boil, add the potato starch and lower the heat. (This part is easier with Maizena, but we didn’t have any.) Add the spices. Serve with rice.

Now it’s on to BLUE July. With cooking, that might be a bit of a challenge ๐Ÿ˜‰