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Fall in Pictures

August-September 

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Walking in Vanhakaupunki (literally “Oldtown”).

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The Girl Hat That Was On Fire (Slable by Woolly Wormhead)

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Even though I dislike Juha Tapio and have seen Kaksi vanhaa puuta lyrics used in way too many wedding invitations, the song still makes me cry every fricking time.

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My mother insisted on celebrating my graduation somehow. Because I threatened not to show up if I didn’t get to do the planning, the guests very few and all food vegan. The menu was:

Mushroom Focaccia (recipe from Chocochili)

My father’s Waldorf Salad, recipe for vegan dressing from Papu, porkkana ja hillopulla by Marianne Kiskola

Rachel Ray’s quinoa salad with roasted bell peppers (shown in the photo)

Soyballs from Veganissimo (shown)

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Dessert: modified version of the cake in Puputyttö ja vohvelisankari (featuring Airy & Creamy soycream) and banana-lingonberry cake (Chocochili)

October

More walking:

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Featuring yet another hat! This one I testknit for Stefanie Bold. The cardigan is also a handknit, but was made by my mother at least 20 years ago.

More eating:

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Vegan cupcakes from Niia’s Cupcakes. They have a stand in Forum Shopping Center and I’m pretty sure also do catering and stuff. The strawberry cupcake=piece of heaven.

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(Yep, more hats. Also featuring the Essayist Sweater.)

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We’ve been really enjoying the Great Outdoors this fall: mushroom picking with my father, walking in Keskuspuisto…It probably helped that temperatures were pretty high for most of September and October. However, it snowed last night so this weekend doesn’t look that promising. But I’m very happy I enjoyed it while it lasted!

The Fine Art of Condensing (part 1)

Someone has been a slacker, and now has way too much stuff to post about. Therefore: the abridged version of what should have been three separate entries.

1. Knitting (=hats)

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Pattern: Anna Karenina, a paid-for pattern on Ravelry

Yarn: Berroco Comfort DK (a little over one 50g skein)

Thoughts: Looks very pretty, but I’m not overly fond of this much purling. Pattern has multiple sizes and decent decreases, so worth the money. Knitting this made Tori Amos’ song Yes, Anastasia ring in my head because, apparently, my brain confuses fictional Russian women with real historical ones.

Also, this was my Project Spectrum project for October (minus points to me for not posting it until November!)

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Pattern: Wanderer Cap by Jared Flood, published in the book Weekend Hats

Yarn: Cascade 220 

Thoughts: This is actually the first Jared Flood pattern I’ve knit. Kinda nice, but the pattern was a bit vague about one thing and the finished hat looks small in the photos (I added one pattern repeat to make my version bigger). I’m not the only knitter to suspect that the sizing runs rather small in order to make it a one-skein project for (Jared Flood’s own yarn brand) Shelter.

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Pattern: Brier Toque by Cecily Glowik MacDonald, also from Weekend Hats

Yarn: MaidinEngland vegan sock yarn (Etsy shop here), took less than one 50g skein

Thoughts: Pattern sort of meh (had to re-size and shorten) but I love the yarn. The colours are insane and the yarn feels very pleasant to knit, not at all squeaky like some acrylics. The shop also had very fast shipping and the prettiest packaging I’ve seen.

Veg*n Q&A

(veg*n=term used to refer to both vegetarians and vegans)

I started reading The Yarn Harlot’s latest book today, and her essay about things non-knitters say to knitters really got me inspired. Now, I do get some really annoying questions as a knitter, but most of the time it’s just someone complimenting my work (which, obviously, is always nice). The more difficult and/or interesting conversations concern vegetarianism or veganism.

Most people that I communicate with on a daily or weekly basis know that I used to be a semi-vegetarian (i.e. I ate fish) and went nearly-vegan in last January (the “nearly” comes from the fact that I still use wool that I had purchased before that). Obviously it’s not the first thing I’d mention in a job interview or when talking to my thesis advisor, but it’s something that I am proud of and therefore do not hide it. This means that I do occasionally have to Explain Things.

1. The One Question Not To Ask 

Q: You still eat chicken, right?

A: No. (This question makes no sense for either a pesco-vegetarian or a vegan, since last time I checked, chicken=not fish/not vegetable. Also, if you ask this when I’m drunk, I cannot guarantee that I won’t start citing Foer or Masson.)

2. The Question I Bet She’s Heard Already

Q: Isn’t that really hard?

A: Not really. It limits your options, but if you no longer view certain foods as viable options (because they cease being “food”), the question is irrelevant. 

3. The Question That Isn’t A Question (and which only leads to an argument)

Q: I think you are wrong, because (Insert X)

A: I am ashamed to say that I do on occassion enjoy arguing, so this might not end well.

But, seriously speaking, everyone has a right to disagree. Most of my friends (presumably) disagree, since they are not vegetarians. it does not mean we cannot be friends, but mutual respect and courtesy is required.

 

Let’s pretend it’s weekend

I have to work Saturday and Sunday, so yesterday evening and today have sort of been my weekend. We began it last night by watching The Help (which, while good, does not win the book) and eating Chinese. Today I was inspired to bake, and after a little while spent going through my cookbooks, I chose peppermint-chocolate cupcakes:

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The recipe is from a vegan Finnish cookbook called Viiden tähden vegaani (by the writer of Chocochili). The book has been very useful when I’ve cooked for larger groups, but this is actually only the second time I’ve used a dessert recipe from the book. The reason is probably that I also have a vegan bakery book, Puputyttö ja vohvelisankari, which gets pulled from the shelf first when I feel like baking. 

Today I also managed to take a few pictures of my knitting in daylight. 

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Yes, it’s another hat. The pattern is Springtime in Philadelphia by Kate Gagnon Osborn. I used Sanguine Gruphon Bugga yarn that had been waiting in my stash for quite some time. I love the result (especially the colour) and still have not blocked it to get the beret-shape. I’m not sure that I want to. It’s rather nice as a beanie.