Ever since I was a child I have loved to crochet. Mom taught me when I was 6-7 years old, and I don’t know how many tablecloths I’ve crocheted since then. In recent years I haven’t crocheted very much because I have had so many other things I wanted to do. But now I’ve started again, and it’s so much fun! I like when the patterns are a little more challenging.
This is what I have managed to do so far and there is more to come!
I’m sorry for the lack of updates! I just wanted to show some beautiful winter pictures! Right now we have really cold weather. The temperature has been between -36-39℃ (-33-38℉) for several days now. This does not prevent me from going out for my daily walk around the village. You just need to put on several layers of clothes.
It’s so beautiful with all the snow. We don’t have much daylight yet. The sun rises at 9:45 a.m. and sets around 1:30 p.m. This means that the sun just manages to rise above the horizon before it turns back down!
A few days ago we chipped away the ice closest to the house so we could set up a couple of chairs. Afterwards I took a well deserved break in the sun.
Today I have carried all my plants out to the greenhouse and started replanting them in larger pots. I haven’t been growing as many flowers as I used to, because I usually end up with way too many plants.
I also saw that two of my tomato plants have started to flower! 🙂
We still have cold nights with several degrees below zero. That’s why I have a thermostat controlled fan heater in the greenhouse. The potatoes will be planted in about five weeks. By then all the snow will hopefully have melted and the soil will be warm enough.
We still have a lot of snow on the ground! It is not yet possible to walk around the house because the snow is too deep!
The cucumbers I sowed at the beginning of March are thriving indoors by the living room window. I will be able to harvest the first cucumber within a few days! Yay!
I have been painting my cast dahlias for the past few days. It’s so fun when you see all the colours and how they harmonize with each other. Sometimes it doesn’t turn out the way I want, but then I just paint it over and try a different shade. I love these shimmery metallics and pearlescent colours. In the spring I will also clearcoat them, but I will do that outdoors because I use a solvent-based spray varnish. Right now it is far too cold and too much snow outside!
You can put these flowers on a rebar because there is a hole in the bottom of the flowers. Just push the rebar into the soil and place the flower on top. They look so beautiful in the garden!
I’ve started knitting Lovikka mittens, and it’s so much fun! The design was created in 1892 in the village of Lovikka (not so far from where I live, it takes about three hours to go there by car). The Lovikka mitten has a double collar and a pattern border embroidered at the wrist, often with different coloured crosses. They also usually have a braided cord with a tassel, but I have skipped that part.The Lovikka yarn is a soft thick loosely spun wool yarn.
I have an old antique wool carder I use to brush the mittens with. The mittens become so soft and nice after a soapy wash and carding. I also card the inside.
I’ve knitted three pairs in women’s size and right now I’m working on a smaller pair. I’m going to knit two pairs in men’s size as well, but I’m waiting for more yarn to arrive.