Monday, November 23, 2015

Monday morning, a good morning

The best time of the day. I am up alone, well, the dogs have done their early morning stuff but they returned  to their mattresses and I get to have my first cup of coffee in quiet.
It is not cold enough to have the need to light the fire, and that is missing from this wintry morning. It is dark and cold, the day stretches ahead, although it is short, I have lots of plans for today. It is the beginning of the day and of the week, I can have all the optimism I need while thinking of the week ahead and I make plans of how much I can accomplish this week and I cast aside all the doubts while looking at my list of to-dos. I love Christmas time; during the rest of the year, I very rarely make lists, but around this time, I get out all the notebooks and start writing lists... I seldom follow them, but it is so pleasing to have them done and to look at them and they do clear the mind and somehow keep the stress away. Every once in a while, I manage to follow my list and it is so gratifying to cross out something that I really should start keeping real lists, with realistic goals. On daily bases.

Thank you for all your comments, I truly loved seeing where you all are. xx I had this image of the world in my head and saw you popping out here and there waving.

Yesterday again we saw a herd of maybe 20 reindeer and we set them afoot while we approached. Ruusu, being a heeler, really loves the feeling. Looking at the smallish dog, you can see her truly growing inches when she sees them all run to the same direction. She has had couple of times when she was allowed into the field with cows and it was fascinating to watch how she managed the herd of them and could make them stop and go to the direction she wanted. Tina, on the other hand, being a hunting dog, followed Ruusu into the field but once the cow took one good look at her, she came as fast as she could from under the fence. But then take her into the woods and she tirelessly seeks and follows tracks while Ruusu eats away all the berries she can find and following her nose towards unknown does not interest her at all when all the blueberries smell so appealingly.
You were curious about the cowl I am working on. I will give you the specs when it is finished, I will find the ball band and the pattern source. The yarn is quite lovely to work with and I love the pattern, it so suits the snowy outside, and would love to find a way to incorporate the pattern into mitts.
And the needle felting tidbits, there are a few books and I will go and find them and list them here.

Not just yet, I will finish my cup, and get on my Monday morning routines. I hope you have a good week, and thank you so much for being here.

Wool with you,

Friday, November 20, 2015

Reindeer, snowmen and a cowl

I love November.
I love the grey, quiet days, the long twilight times when the sun is about to set (quite early these days) and before the shadows take over and all is dark again.  For me this is the time for fairies and gnomes and fairy tales. During my long walks I often come across reindeer herds, and although I am always a bit worried and watch them closely in case any of them is behaving aggressively, there is still something quite thrilling to see them. Yesterday I found a huge moose antler, well... only half of it and dragged it home.
I have been knitting little bit.
There is a cowl on the works and I am dreaming of sweaters... there are two that are on my list to do one of these days. The first one is Boreal by Kate Davies and the other one is Nobu by Olga Buraya-Kefelian.
I can see a challenge there waiting.
Lately I have been looking a lot at Olga's work. It is most fascinating. If you have not seen her designs, you should go and have a look.
Wool is fantastic, I could never tire of it. Couple of years ago I was needle felting snow men and recently I found one that was not quite finished. I did that the other day and now I have a row (a small one) of them.
I have tried to make a gnome, but for some reason, I have not been able to capture the image I have in mind. Every time I see it clearly, it all of a sudden disappears, and I cannot figure out just how to carry on. I know, it is this time of the year... The gnomes are all over and nowhere to be seen.

The weather finally turned to winter and our world is white and the temperature is just below the zero. Just below is just right, it is good for outdoors and walking but it also keeps the world white.
I know this is just a short post, and there are very little crafting news, but I have made a decision to come here more often. I try to post a few words and a couple of pictures more regularly. I am aware what is going on in the world but I want this place to be a place of calm and hopefully of joy. I feel that this is the time to try to bring something good, even if it is only a few words and pictures, to the world. We all have sorrow, hardship and challenges, the burdens are heavy on the shoulders on some days, the heart is trembling with fear and worry, but just for a few seconds, let all of them rest. This is a small corner, I know, and I don't know if there are many listening out there, since I have come here so seldom lately, but for you who are out there, I wish to be able to bring you a few comforting words. So forgive me for not talking about the world and its troubles, it does not mean that I don't care, I do, but I wish you could come here to find some inspiration and a little bit of beauty.
Wool with you,