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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 🙂 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 🙂