Knitmare Fest by ILO

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Friday the 13th was Knitmare night in Helsinki. Knitmare Fest by ILO brought yarn shop Silmukka from Tampere and designer Susanne Sommer from Austria to Helsinki, in addition to ILO yarn shop from Salo. A nice group of knitters welcomed them to Helsinki by attending a lovely knit night, buying gorgeous yarn and knitting together.


My contribution for the party was the Flying Jib Shawl, here at ILO's table at the Knitmare fest. We had a promotion with ILO: buy the yarn for this shawl (2 skeins of fingering weight) and get a free download code for the pattern, and I'm happy to announce that the promotion will run until end of October! Please visit ILO in Salo, or check out their online shop. I also did a trunk show at the event, and it was so nice to hear all the positive feedback for my designs! Thank you, all!


Susanne Sommer was the star of the night, and she gave a brioche class for advanced brioche knitters. I love her pom pom headband and I wish I had taken a better picture of it. But trust me, it's awesome!


I was honoured to be a judge at the Spookiest knit contest. There were some spooky acrylic contestants, but we still chose these amazing fingerless mitts as the winner. There are crocheted spider webs on both mitts and even a big spider on top of the other mitt. True Halloween spirit here!



Stidilä was a nice venue for a party like this, although it was rather dark. I had to give up my dark green cabled dress at the point when I noticed a mistake in the cables 6 rows earlier and tried to fix it in the dark, but as you can see in the picture, many people were happily knitting. And I did have another WIP with me for emergencies like this, so I didn't have to sit without knitting.


ILO yarns had a fresh bunch of Lystig yarn, straight from the dyeing pots. Our table was definitely a group of Lystig fan girls, and at some point I noticed that we had all bought My Little Pony sock yarn. And see how happy it made us! 


Of course, I did more shopping than a mere sock yarn skein, and I was super happy to get these lovely stitch markers from Lankaputiikki Silmukka. Saved me the trip to Tampere, even if I'd love to visit the pretty yarn shop again.

Thank you, ILO, for organising such a great event! I hope this will become a tradition!

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