Knitting and reading: February

3:07 PM

Time for the monthly update: knitting and reading. This month I've had so many deadlines with my knitting projects and I've been working on this and that and felt like I haven't accomplished anything. Well, I have, and I'll be sharing those projects with you soon. But what's in the working at the moment, here are a couple of interesting projects:


Knitting this tunic is taking a bit longer than I thought. I had already started the third skein of yarn and posted a pic about it on Instagram, and only seeing the photo made me notice how totally different colors the skeins were. And I did check that they were all from the same dye lot! So I had to rip almost the whole thing and alternate between two skeins to avoid unwanted color blocks. But it's a lovely yarn to knit with, so I don't really mind going back and redoing it. The yarn is BC Garn Colori. I haven't read any of Katja Kettu's books yet, but I've been wanting to for quite some time already. "Yöperhonen" had hundreds of people on the library waiting list, but only about 50 for the CD, so I'm going to try listening a book for a change. Which of course means that I can knit something more complicated than while reading! "Piippuhylly" is a book I saw Business woman reading, and as she said that the short stories are located in St. Petersburg I didn't need more recommendations. I love reading about all these familiar places!


This month I haven't been knitting for my own kids. I've knitted a couple of Pikkutylli cardigans for my friends' babies. We've taken a break from children's classics as well, and jumped right into coding for kids: "Hello Ruby: Adventures in Coding" by Linda Liukas. My kids think it's ok, and I'm loving it! A fairy tale that teaches kids how to instruct computers, it's simply awesome! Read it. Even if you don't have kids.


I still haven't gotten around to read the Putin books on my night stand, but as I saw Business woman reading a book about Ukraine by Anna-Lena Lauren ("Ukraina - Gränslandet") I had to move it to the top of my reading queue. I loved her book about the Caucasus states ("I bergen finns inga herrar") and the crazy Russians ("De är inte kloka de där ryssarna") so I'm expecting a great deal from this book. And the yarn, well, I love knitting the green tunic, so I went ahead and got yarn for another one.

From my January projects I finished McEwan's "Children Act", but the tweed cardigan is on hold. I'm almost done with Fidel Castro, but not with Starling pullover. Philosophers and summer top are waiting for the right moment. Silk top is almost finished, but I haven't even started Sarah Waters yet. We finished Pippi Långstrump with the kids, but I didn't finish the dress yet. Oh well, multitasking sometimes means that nothing is finished even if there is progress on several fronts.

Joining Ginny on yarn along.

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  1. Oh dear - I hate hearing of dye lot tragedies. I'm glad you were able to get it all fixed so you can't even notice.

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    1. I'm glad I noticed before it was too late - I have a cardigan that I finished before noticing the dye lot issues, and then I didn't want to start all over again.

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  2. Love the yarn you have chosen for your tunic

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    1. Thank you! It's a lovely mix of deep blue and green shades.

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  3. I'm so excited you mentioned a kids coding book! My little guy LOVES everything about technology, but I have been a little lost as to how to foster that.

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    1. Well, I can recommend this book! And it happens to be also available in English, so you don't even have to learn Finnish to read it :)

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  4. Love the color of your yarn for the tunic! The short stories about St. Petersburg sound really intriguing!

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    1. Thank you! It's so great to read about all those familiar places, even if the stories take place about 100 years ago. Rasputin just appeared in one of the stories :)

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  5. The tunic looks gorgeous - it's so annoying having to go back over things but at least you know it's done right! :)

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    1. Thank you so much! I first ripped back to just below the division for sleeves, thinking that maybe you wouldn't notice and it would save a lot of work, but then after knitting for awhile the stripe started to be so annoying that I went back all the way to the beginning of the second skein. At least I won't be annoyed every time I wear the tunic!

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  6. Oh lovely tunic! It must have been frustrating to rip back! I know what you mean about progress on lots of fronts meaning nothing finished. Hopefully it will translate into a flurry of finished items some time!

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm so used to ripping that it's not even that frustrating. Except that it's easier to take when it's my own fault, not the yarn!

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