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A naughty puppy and black Eco Cashmere

A naughty puppy and black Eco Cashmere

We have a new puppy, a Maremmano Abruzzese boy. He's really lovely but oh, doesn't he have tons of extra energy! He's also a little rascal, doing quite constantly stuff he's not allowed to do - digging and running through the flower bed, eating the flowers, nibbling the carpet, jumping in the bed, stealing yarn and carrying it outside in the flowerbed! A hank of Nero Eco Cashmere had a little trip like this and you can imagine how it looked like - full of white dog hair, slobber, earth and hey seeds, beyond saving I thought. But then I...

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Warm summer days and knitting

Warm summer days and knitting

The weather has been incredibly warm in Finland this summer, some days a bit too hot but I'm not complaining - my heart goes out to all countries that have been hit with the heatwave hard accompanied with the devastating wildfires, keep cool and safe! I just finished part 1 of my summer holiday and haven't knitted that much, the Eco Cashmere hanks are giving me some dirty looks every time I walk past their nesting box - they want to end their hank-phase and become the jumpers, hats and mittens I've told them they will be. Well, as long...

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Swatching

Swatching

Swatching is something you either love or hate and I have to admit I belong to the latter group. But no matter how I dislike it, it's something I have to do, at least now and then. And even when I swatch, I tend to cast on around the amount of stitches I assume 4 inches will be and then knit a bit over 2 inches, wash the swatch underneath the kitchen tab, put in between towels, hop on it and dry it with my blow drier. And then unravel it. Sounds awfully professional, right? This mistreating the knitted swatch...

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Interview with Tia and free patterns

Summer is around the corner + FREE hat and mittens patterns

  The weather has been getting warmer and warmer and we even had a short heatwave over here in Finland. Now it's back to a bit cooler temperatures and lot of rain so we still have excellent knitting season going on. During the summer I tend to knit lots of hats, mittens and socks as they are small projects which are easy to take with you to the beach or a trip. Also summer tends to be a quite busy season especially if you live in a detached house - my garden requires a lot of time and the house...

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Easter, pattern, egg, decoration

Easter - bunnies, eggs and little witches + FREE stranded egg pattern!

Easter has strong religious connections still to this day but if we put the matters of belief aside, I think it's all around the world about bunnies, painted eggs, daffodils and lilies not forgetting chocolate eggs which are my favourite Easter treat. But most of all, it is a holiday in many countries and you get to spend some wonderful time with your family. Of course as this pandemic is still going strong, it might not be a family gathering for most of us but we can still give a call to our loved ones and be connected.  Every country...

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St. Patrick's Day and Free Hat Pattern

St. Patrick's Day + FREE Hat Pattern

Winter has decided to stay around a bit longer this year here in Finland so instead of spring gardening we are shovelling snow. It would be wonderful to see some of nature's luscious green already but we have to wait patiently. As St Patrick's day is tomorrow, one could suspect that the cranky leprechauns got bored mending shoes for other fairies and decided to use their magical powers and delay spring just for fun of it.  St. Patrick's Day is on March 17th and celebrates St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, the arrival of Christianity in Ireland and the...

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