September 2, 2014
Free pattern on Ravelry
Here are two current charity campaigns for those of us who occasionally need to justify their knitting obsession. Who wouldn’t love the idea of knitting for children in need? According to my FB feed, little preemie-babies in Finland are now receiving knitted hats and kids here in the US might get a blanket during a hospital stay (one of my friends was raving about it). I need to kiss my preservation charity goodbye and find a knit charity instead! Or combine them.
My six-year-old still clings on to his “nice & cozy” – a blanket that has traveled the world and will most likely disintegrate before he gives it up. And my 9-year-old requested I knit a blanket for her American girl doll (don’t get me started) and wouldn’t hear of me teaching her how to knit (she is busy playing Sims and socializing with Australian teens on some fashion app). Why oh why don’t they teach knitting at schools here in the US?? Feeling like some ancient throwback to socialist times.
So if you are knitting baby stuff check these out. Type A’s can whip out a Twilight-themed 3D illusion blanket (search ‘knitted illusion blanket’ on Pinterest and you’ll see what I mean. INSANITY). The rest of us can think long term and pick a nice soft warm alpaca yarn perhaps, knit a rectangular piece which can be turned into a poncho later on.
August 31, 2014
My kids don’t know this yet but I’m planning a medieval castle tour for next summer. :) Here are a few snapshots I took at Kastelholm in Åland, off the coast of Finland. Apparently King Eric XIV was imprisoned here and was poisoned to death. !! We visited a few years ago but my daughter may have been too young to appreciate it.
More info here.
August 17, 2014
Amigurumi mouse found on Pinterest
Oh Finland, homeland. Always having a laugh when following the news about relations with the neighboring countries i.e. Sweden and Russia.
This week one of the newspapers was asking readers to rename the import ban cheese intended for the Russian market. The clear winner is “Putin Cheese,” other suggestions included Nato cheese, Molotov cheese basket, and ‘cheese or lack thereof” (“puute” cheese).
Unfortunately all of them sold out immediately (is it the exotic cyrillic alphabet!?) so won’t have a chance to get any when going to Finland this week. :)
August 13, 2014
On that note, moving along here ~ slowly but surely. Last things first – as I may have mentioned, a dear friend of mine has realized her life-long dream and bought a villa in Italy. Just like that! If you ever watch House Hunters International you know that people do this kind of stuff ALL THE TIME.
The villa is situated in the Lazio region (betw Siena and Rome) high above Lago di Bolsena with stunning views of the lake and the mountains and has a pool and beautiful gardens within a 22-acre resort (nine hectar – amazing).
Being super-efficient, she and her boyfriend have planned the first “feel good life” event with meditation, workshops etc. at their retreat already. Mark your calendar for September 28 – Oct 3, 2014 and let me know if you wish to reserve a spot.
For future ref, the house has room for 10 people (mostly double rooms w/ baths). There is a large Italian kitchen and a library with open fire places and terraces to enjoy the sun and the views.
We’ll be planning trips to Rome, Etruscan tours, food/wine excursions, cooking, painting, family outings etc. Or one can just relax by the pool-side.
Stay tuned as I’m sure to post more pictures/info in the near future. And if you are interested in finding out more about the September event (sans kids) or planning a future outing please send me a (confidential) message in the comments section below. :)