lördag 25 augusti 2012


Hubby gave me a bottle of wine. I wondered what was swimming in it. It looked like gold flakes.

Gold flakes! Yes :)

torsdag 23 augusti 2012


I was blessed with two packages yesterday. Sometimes when you open a package you just want to sit down in wonder. That's what happened yesterday. I went dumb.

First, my friend Sarah sent me a package from US in June. It never showed up, so we both started poking into it with no result other than apologies from the postal service in both countries. Then suddenly the package was returned to Sarah. It had been to France!

I want to show things of interest to you fiber people:

It seems as if Sarah thinks I should dye. She sent me Kool Aid that you can buy in Finland too, but it's absurdly expensive here so I'm really thankful for it. And egg colors! I didn't know there were egg colors. Of course she sent me a sheep for my flock :)

There was also something I've been wishing for but didn't know excisted: bobbin markers! Those will be very useful on my big WooleeWinder bobbins. The fabric wants to become an spinning apron, so that's what it'll be. I also got a big shopping bag with the same print on it, and a night gown with sheep. Sheepy things for a spinner!

Thank you so much Sarah!

The second package was a swap from Jody in Canada. Jody is a fabulous spinner. She likes to spin thin, and her skeins are a joy to look at. Wish I could touch them! You can see some of her yarns here: Gypsyspinner.

Now look:
Oh I wish you could hold these locks in your hands!
They are long.
They are fine.
They are soft. 
They are clean.
I have been spoiled with beautiful, wonderful wool this year.
From top down: greyish Cormo and black Cormo, Gotland cross and Finnsheep. The staples measure 7 to 15 cm.

The Cormo is from Carlotte Epley's sheep: Cormo24-7. I never thought I could hold some of that wool in my hands! The Finn is from Jody's sheep, and well, I don't have words for it, let's say it's incredible and wonderful. I have never seen anything like it in Finland, because the breeders shear twice a year, and because they breed for meat. The Gotland cross is also Jodys. It's soft and silky, a lovely wool. Jody also sent me two hand combed mini tops from a darker Gotland x which I forgot to take a photo of.

Thank you so much Jody!

måndag 20 augusti 2012


These two ladies are so fun :) Last time I saw them they were making crochet graffiti at the museum where I spun a couple of times this summer.

They covered a stone with lace. The lady in the red dress is one of the museum's guides.

"Smile with your ass, you're being photographed!" shouted the other when I was taking a pic of her friend's graffiti back.

I was spinning that day, so I didn't see how much graffiti they actually had time to make. I saw a pole with knitting, but someone else has done that I think.

söndag 12 augusti 2012

My LYS and the Fair in Isokyrö

Yesterday was a happy day: first I went to my LYS while hubby was emptying his bank account, then we went to the 18th Century Fair in Isokyrö. It's a fair for professional crafters, and the idea is to be as natural as possible: no artificial materials, the wrappings have to be of fabric or paper, and the sellers have to dress in an old fashioned way. For a reason I have forgotten the fair tries to be 1700-ish, but that's of course very difficult. The fair was really big this year. All the fields around the old church ground had been turned into car parks and there were thousands of visitors.

But first, the LYS, Vörå Handarbetsaffär. It's a miracle. Ever since we moved to this community in 1991 I have turned to the owner, Gunnel Björk, when I need something special. "Oh just a moment", she says, "I think I have one in a drawer somewhere", and then she digs into her stash and up comes a shuttle for tatting, cards for card weaving, a back strap loom, beads, a hairpin for lace, a bobbin winder, and all the other things an experimenting textile crafter thinks she needs. The lady is now in her seventies and still in the shop almost every day.

Oh yes, she has buttons :) Yarns. Not much, but yarns of good quality.

Gunnel is a weaver, so of course there are looms in the shop, and weaving material in a room of their own. There is one more room for weaving material back to the left.
If you need a warp, just call her. She'll string the warp for you late at night after she's come home from the shop.

The last few years her daughter Birgitta has been working in the shop also, so there is hope for the future. And Birgitta's little daughter is a natural crafter, a small girl with an intuitive understanding of textile!

OK, so over to the fair in Isokyrö. Hubby and me used to sell our textiles here at the end of the 90s, and we always liked this fair very much. I always had my spinning wheel and a spindle with me.

First I saw a soldier with his head in a bush:

Then hubby and me saw soldiers with their heads in a car motor:

I wonder if they need those big knives to take care of the problem?

The place was crowded, but all of a sudden I saw a familiar little boy:

My lovely nephew sitting on a not-so-seventeenhundreds bale of straw, and my brother standing beside him! My sister in law had run off with my brother's wallet and the trolley so both brother and son felt a bit worried :) In the background you can see the church from the 14th century.

There was a blacksmith:

And a chef:
And his tasty soup:
I sat in the marquee and felt I like it very much: the fresh air, the people moving about, the not so fancy but tasty food and the not-so-seventeen-hundreds-plate, mug, spoon, napkin and food tray. I like it much better than restaurants I have been to. It's the feeling of being with people you have something in common with. The crafts, or the wild life, the events that bring us together for a couple of hours.

Yes, I bought a mug for myself, small gifts for crafty friends, and a broom for hubby so he can sweep the stairs of our house. Hrm. And I bought a back pack. This year we had time to look at the museum. There are several buildings on the ground, with lots of interesting artefacts, so I'll show you some photos form the museum.

A spinning wheel from Isokyrö:


Woodworking tools:

Wallpaper as they looked at the beginning of last century. The farmers didn't always have money to buy commercial wallpapers, so they used old newspapers:

The fire place was enormous, but it didn't heat the whole house. Those wallpapers were necessary to keep some of the cold out during our very cold winters.

Carpets on the floor were necessary for the same reason. They were rug or wool carpets, and in winter they covered the whole floor.

The beds were nice made up with textiles in day time. I don't know if it was appropriate to sit on this bed with it's white cotton cover, but someone has obviously done so. Cotton became common late, at the end of the 19th century, and it was expensive. Flax was the most common plant material for garments and other textiles.

And now to my own crafts. Oh yes, I have been spinning in July and August, but only about 600 grams because much of my time has gone to washing wool, teasing, and carding.

The skeins to the right are spun from the Estonian Finull I have shown in my blog here and here. I want to make an announcement:

This is the best wool I have ever spun. I have spun for 30 years, so I think that says about everything you can say about wool. Ülle, thank you once again!

The two skeins to the left are the tops I carded together with bits and pieces and spun woolen. I showed the rolags earlier: rolags.