reusable paper bag

October 17, 2014

Ok, I’ll try to keep this short. Finland – close to recession. Again. Now that our apple-in-the-eye has been sold to the West and we are no longer allowed to export 30% artery-clogging dairy products to the East (thought we were on the same side?), what’s a babushka to do? Guess it’s back to fur trade and pickling. And kahvinkorvike. OR interpret the prime minister’s misinterpreted comments as an invitation to reinvigorate the paper trade. * *

Yes, it’s time to look for new ways to reuse our trees. Erase the thoughts about 80ies acid rains and grumpy engineers’ complaints about sensitive Deutsche Hausfrauen who said that trees cried when they were cut. Bygones! Bring that tree down and pack it in cellophane so I can use it in my crafty creations. Chop chop!

For us knitters, there’s paper yarn. Yes, I crocheted that bag and yes, I have way too much extra time in my hands. Paper yarn is not easily available here in the US so I smuggled it straight from Taiga through the JFK customs (easy! Just choose the line that says “green”).

Unfortunately knitting with paper yarn can sometimes hurt your chubby little fingers. The trick is to dump it in water i.e. to make it wet. Not soaking wet — damp. This may sound a touch complicated but trust me, it’s all worth it in the end – I have reused my paper bag over and over again. It’s also perfect for collecting pine cones and bark for all kinds of fall craft activities.

* * Stubbed?

The Most Awesome Hat that ever Awesomed – from Neevynoonar

October 11, 2014


Love it!! I want an over-the-ski helmet version for the kids (and myself). Def sporting this in Verbier this winter. Or Suicide Six. Or Rukatunturi.

Originally posted on everysensory and Star Kin:

A long time ago – but not that long – I had a stall at a craft market in Palmerston North, alongside a long term crafter and fellow market goer, Cathie. She makes everything :D Felted badges. Knitted and crocheted goods. Sooo many awesome things. And off the top of my head I went, ooh I’d really love to get a helmet hat and beard, did you think you could make one sometime? And she said yes, and I went WHOOO! And that was the last of it until she remembered, and reminded me, and went and MADE IT. Yesterday, I went and picked it up. An amazing, one of a kind, knitted and crocheted helmet hat and beard. Prepare for photos!

helmet beard

Helmet and beard! Yes, I moustache you a question. Is this not the most magnificent?!

helmet beard preen

I did ask for a rainbow beard, even though I haven’t seen one…

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#STITCHESEast, alibaba, alpaca, yak!

October 7, 2014

If you got all excited about the Alibaba IPO and went ahead and ordered one of their many $10 chunky, slouchy, batwing, poncho, cape, capelet, cardigan, sweaters (Ali B excels at keyword tagging) from their Ali/retail outlet, you probably realized that a) – you are a size giant XXXXL as opposed to the S/M you were in previous life, and b) the item ordered, even if the right size, doesn’t look anything like the picture!! FOB CIF Chengdu, GOH??? Darn their petite manga-barbie models (please note the toned-down ref to the approx location of the aforementioned web outlet because, wait, that didn’t sound right. Never mind).

For those of us who’d rather sport their own unique creations than study Incoterms, there’s always a knitting event right around the corner. Quick Altavista and – avot! – Stitches East  is taking place in exciting Hartford, CT *this* weekend. GO(H)!! I don’t care if you are a do-the-math or spell-it-out type, register for a few continental knitting lessons and soon you’ll be blogging on steroids with the rest of us. Unfortunately I won’t be able to make it but only because my yarn boudoir is spilling over and I should really be knitting for our upcoming holiday bazaar as opposed to procrastinating here as we speak…

P.S. According to my latest research, all the alternative yarns are soon trending at upcoming knit events – soy, corn, bamboo, flax, hemp. In addition to being environmentally friendly (as opposed to cotton, for example), they may be suitable for those of you suffering from allergies. And they look better and feel a lot softer than the acrylics, polyesters and nylons shipped from China. BTW, it is environmentally friendly only if you remember to match your location with your local fiber, no? Those of us in the northern hemispheres are still better off and WARMER with traditional wool from sheep — or alpaca if you are more progressive. Yak?? Wow, you’ve traveled far but sure, why not.

GOH = Garment on hanger


September 30, 2014

As you may have noticed, these super-long slouchy knitted dresses are so trending right now. Looks great with oxford/brogues and ankle socks or motorcycle boots. A cute chowchow with some snow and we are talking fashion editorial, ladies! Who cares about getting dressed for the weather?!*

Remember to take your knitting speed and your perimenopausal age into account when starting the project. A long sweater-coat might be more practical. Just make sure it’s roomy and loose and you won’t look too outdated.

*P.S. I’ve become a bit of a wimp about winters since leaving the seven months of sub-zero celsius darkness behind. Can no longer quite questimate the temp by snow crunch factors alone, either. San Francisco in the winter? Summer! February wind chunnels in Chicago? NOW we are talking.

oxymom knitted cold-weather yoga gear

September 16, 2014

Hello boys and girls. We are on the same page if you’ve noticed that the seasons — they are a-changin. Fall is upon us, kids are back to being institutionalized and soon it may be time to transition your yoga repertoire inside. Unless you are feeling low… — then I’d suggest you stay outside and feel the natural light on your retina and fresh air in your lungs*. And if you – like me – have gained 10lb sitting at your laptop, blogging with no purpose, you’ll be pleased to know that shivering does count as exercise — and it has been scientifically proven, too!

Today’s ayurvedic vata tip on how to embrace coldness: switching cooling green tea for ginger, and doing a selfie-massage with sesame body oil after shower will make you feel warmer. It is true! And a bit of orange oil in your aromatherapy tea light diffuser is sure to lift the spirits, too.

Happy autumn everyone.

* No meds, google glasses or Apple smart watches needed (6 or 6+?? I’ll prob be the first one to sport the watch despite being concerned about electromagnetics. And did you see the Daily Show piece on glass explorers? LOL.)

P.S. As requested by my friend, Mona ~ Whether you are a bony-butt needing extra warmth or a voluptuous vixen wanting to de-lard around the derriere, pictured please find a few knitted sports items perfect for your next hot yoga class. :)

yarn store collage

September 5, 2014


Visited this great HUGE yarn shop in Finland. Not sure where one can find “noodle” yarn here in the US — to knit or crochet rugs and other similar items. Too heavy to carry/ship –otherwise would have brought some with me.
P.s. Liking the new collage app, too. :)

Have a great weekend!


September 5, 2014


Hmmm, how to rationalize this latest purchase? To tell you the truth, I bought a pair of jeans I didn’t need just to get this bag as a freebie. The label said less water was used to produce them so it’s kind of like a vegetarian person buying organic corn-fed beef? (cow? Not sure about the logic).

Okay, as you may note, in the vein of these days heart attack seems like a good quick way to go ~ I’m working on becoming more positive. So here goes:

👖 You don’t have to dry-clean jeans – less chemicals.
👖 Cold wash and okay to wash less for a better planet? Back to ahead of times!
👖 Shower might be more energy-efficient than a sauna (although not nearly as relaxing).
👖 This brand might inevitably expand to the US market? More jobs for everyone!
👖 Conspicuous cradle-to-cradle? Coining that to sound intelligent.
👖 Surely my in-laws in CA with their 3-min shower limits will find this funny :)
👖 Lesser carbon footprint than taking the airplane here
👖 Made in Romania is in Europe ~ closer to my other home!
👖 Only 100 euro. Seventy euro cents to one dollar. 1.3×100=$130. One might benefit.

(💙 such a perfect knit bag 😇).


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