Knitting and reading: December

11:50 AM

I enjoyed making my first Knitting and reading post so much, that I'm going to make it a series. I don't want to post every week, as Ginny's yarn along would suggest, but a monthly series would provide the opportunity to look back and see what I was working on the month before and what new projects I have started.


First on the list are two almost finished projects: Nick Cave's "The Death of Bunny Munro" and a pullover in Madelinetosh DK. Bunny has been waiting on my nightstand for a year at least. It's not really my type of reading, but I have only 20 pages left so I should be able to finish it. The pullover, then, is going to be finished soon and this is a sneak view of my new design, so stay tuned for that one!


For the next picture I wanted to pick a book that I'm reading for Young warrior, as the knitting is also for him. I'm working with Isager Aran tweed and it's a cardigan, also my second version of a new design, soon to be published. Jalmari Finne's Kiljuset is a Finnish children's classic, a collection of books that were first published in 1914-1925. It's funny to read such an old book, but at times you wonder if books like this could be written to children anymore. Like when the family goes to war. I'm surprised that my little ones (4 and 6 years old) are so happy listening to a book that doesn't even have pictures on all pages. We're on page 420 already, so it won't take long to finish. And the knitwear is supposed to be a Christmas present.


I'm working on some brioche knitting with The Uncommon Thread. The book is "Les hirondelles de Kaboul" (Swallos of Kaboul) by Yasmina Khadra. This is a change in my usual reading habits. Normally, I read about a book and add it on my library reservations list, but this was something that simply caught my eye at the library. I loved Khaled Hosseini's "The Kiter Runner" and "A Thousand Splendid Suns" (I think I've read "And the Mountains Echoed" also, but I'm not sure) and I'm interested in reading more about Afghanistan. Let's see if a female author provides a different point of view.


Iida Rauma's new book "Seksistä ja matematiikasta" was on the best books of 2015 list by Helsingin sanomat. While I'm on the library waiting list, I thought that I'd start with her debut novel "Katoamisten kirja" from 2011. So far so good. Every now and then I try to get a couple of rows of linen stitch worked in Quince & co Sparrow. What is stopping me is that I'm working in three colors and the yarns are a big mess. I should sort it out properly, but instead I just pull enough out for the next row.


This poor vest in Novita Wool has been on my project inventory already in April, but it was started long before that time. But as Christmas is coming I decided that it's time to get this one wrapped for Business woman. With Knausgård's "Min Kamp" I'm on the third book.


Not exactly a novel, nor knitting in this picture, but to continue with Christmas gifts, the last picture shows two of them. The crochet fruit and vegetables are for my Troll princess and I'll be sharing a whole bunch of them with you soon. Just adding a beet root and some salad before that. And what comes to Cuba, well, let's put it this way: I know what I'm getting for Christmas!

Since last month's post I have finished Laura Lehtola's Pelkääjän paikalla, but the yellow cardigan is on hold. I finished the Helmipöllö beanie and scarf, but Zadie Smith is still waiting for the right mood. Robin pullover is almost done, Juha Itkonen not so. I have added a couple of rows on my blanket and read Pirkko Saisio's Signaali. Sparrow cardigan is finished, but both Putin books still waiting. And Pine cardigan is still waiting for needles from another project.

Keeping calm and crafting on, also taking part in KCCO.

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12 kommenttia

  1. what beautiful projects you have going.....and so many that all look like they are receiving an appropriate amount of love and attention to be considered on-going!!! Inspiring!!!

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    1. Thank you! I do work on all of them, you need something to work on while reading, something for watching TV, something small enough to carry with you... And a couple of extras :)

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  2. Great WIPs! Looking forward to seeing your new design! And I love love love your new logo!

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    1. Thank you so much Alina! I kept the "B" from my old logo, but tried to freshen up the rest of it. Glad you like it!

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  3. Ooh that sweater looks lovely, and the crochet fruit is so fun! :)

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    1. Thank you! The crochet fruit is also fun to make :)

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  4. WOW, great projects! You are a wonderful power knitter.

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    1. Thank you! I do get complaints sometimes for knitting all the time...

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  5. All of your knitting and yarn is gorgeous, such good taste!

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