Monthly Archives: August 2011

Helsinki Restaurant Day

Because I seriously dislike Facebook, I only read about the pop-up restaurant thing in Sunday’s newspaper. Obviously we then had to rush out immediately to get vegan cupcakes.


Cupcake Lab should really become an actual cafe/bakery. The concept was fun and the cupcakes delicious.


Chocolate-vanilla (not vegan) on the left and mocha-peanut butter on the right. Delish!


I wore my Tweety top because I’m afraid that any day now it’s going to be too cold to go around without a coat anymore. It is right now actually pouring rain and more chilly than yesterday, so we’ll see whether my fears will prove correct.


Tweety Eats Out

Rather unusually for me, the FO of this post is a garment.


No, I did not knit a sweater after my last entry -this was started ages ago, probably October last year. I had bought four skeins of Blue Sky Alpaca Cotton in a beautiful light yellow and cast on excitedly. The cotton, while very soft was also somewhat hard on my hands, so I put the project down for months. In April and May I knit most of the body, and then finally the yoke this month. I think this proves I’m a process knitter -how else could you explain the frenzy to knit 8 hats in the middle of the summer, when I could have been finishing a cotton top that one actually can use in warm weather?!

The pattern (insofar as this sweater has one) is the Seamless Yoke Sweater from Knitting without Tears. One of my best book purchases ever, btw. Has been incredibly useful and not at all expensive. Highly recommended.

I tested the sweater today when we ate out, and I think it fits fine. Not my best work to date, or I would have finished it sooner. However, the restaurant does deserve a mention.


I am eating an almond tofu dessert. That is, for some reason, shaped like a fish. It was still good. And vegan.

Empire Plaza (or “kampin kiinalainen”) might just be one of my favourite restaurants. The milieu (shopping center) might lead you to expect some second-rate Chinese place, but really the location just means that they are open late and crowded on Saturday afternoons. The staff is friendly and the food delicious. The menu is very large so even in a large group everyone can usually find something they like. Chinese is usually a good pick for vegans anyway, but I was especially smitten by their tofu dessert. Sweet, and wobbly. Perfect!


Summer blues, August pinks

The summer seems to be drawing to a close. I’ve started wearing socks around the house and even after a warm day there is a hint of fall in the air at night. Obviously this also means that I can actually wear some of the knit things I’ve whipped out during the hot months, but it makes me a bit sad nonetheless.

Luckily there are some good things to be said about the end of summer. For example: harvest!


These are apparently called fava beans in English (härkäpavut in Finnish). My dad has a (very) green thumb, he grows these at out summer cottage. I find the little things quite photogenic. 

I also finished my garter-stitch shawl during the weekend. I still have not blocked it, and am not sure whether I will do so at all. It’s so perfectly squishy.


The yarn (Berroco Comfort Sock) was hand-dyed by Quo Vadis (etsy shop here). I used all 400m/100g by simply knitting until I ran out of yarn. It’s wonderfully bright and suitably pink for Project Spectrum 🙂

(The pattern? 22.5 degrees that I misread and then decided not to follow at all).