Last minute Christmas gift

In the nick of time (almost) I finished this Christmas gift for my sister’s husband! 😀 They are now wrapped and ready.

This morning I knitted from the last two grey stripes of the pattern to the end.

I used the same pattern as an other sock I found at home, but repeated the pattern for the foot blade. And I wanted to add some more white, so I made the toes white as well.

This is the first time I knitted socks for a man. I knew the shoe size and looked at some charts on the internet, how long the foot blade is when you have a specific shoe size. And I usually cast 48 stitches but this time 52 to make them larger. But he is pretty slim, so I do think they will fit his feet. And they will of course stretch and loosen a bit after a few times worn. If they are too small, we’ll take them home and knit a bit more.

During the year mum has knitted four pairs of socks, with color changing yarn. She didn’t have time to knit for the last member, but I promised I would do that. Now the whole family will get knitted socks in the afternoon. It will be interesting to see how many pairs fit their new owners. As I wrote, if they are too short they must be re-knitted a bit at home.

In Finland Christmas is celebrated today, on Christmas Eve. So in a couple of hours my sister and her daughter (I guess) will come and get us. First a trip to the grave yard with candles, then to their home for dinner and after dinner and watching Donald Duck & Co, it is almost time for Christmas gift opening. My brothers family will come later in the evening. This year my aunt will come for dinner as well.



Autumn socks


Just a quick post to show the latest knitted socks that I finished yesterday. The yarn is Novita and the color is called Syysmetsä, which is Finnish for Autumn forest.

I started knitting on Sunday and finished on Tuesday, so it went pretty quickly.

At the moment I am just cross stitching a Christmas card. I haven’t cross stitched in a few days, so I should do it tonight.

Diamond painting and knitted socks

First, my green white socks. 🙂 I started knitting on Friday. And I finished the second sock yesterday at the knit- and crochet café. The yarn is called Novita Mökki. Mökki is Finnish for a little house, cottage. Usually summer cottage.

The reason I finished so quickly was partly because I went to a class where we could knit, crochet, sew or embroider for several hours on Friday (6 pm to 9 pm) and Saturday (10 am to 4 pm). We had a lunch break too, around 30 minutes on Saturday. I think I was the only knitter at the class. Some did patchwork, some made aprons or clothing for themselves or their babies.

I finished the first sock quite early on Saturday at 10.30. The rest of the time I cross stitched a Christmas card. It is done now (I finished it on Sunday). But I am going to show it later when I have cross stitched other Christmas cards.

Anyway, today I got a package with some cross stitch kits. 😀 I also ordered two small Diamond Paintings, because I had not tried it before. So I wanted to see what it was like.

I loved it! 😀 First I made the flower mandala and then the peace sign. I will definitely do this again later! These are quite small and good for beginners. The kit came with everything you needed. I still don’t know what to do with them, may be I’ll frame them if I can find small frames. The pictures does not show how much they glitters.

First pair of socks of the season!


I have knitted my first pair of socks this autumn! They are made with a yarn from Novita, called Niitty. This is a little softer and thinner than the yarn I usually use for socks.

Not much remained of the yarn and I made them with only 7 centimeters before the heel. So I think two yarns might be needed for socks that are 15 cm from the heel up.

They are nice to wear when it’s not too cold yet. I would say the summer is over, but it’s still regularly around +15 C, +/- some degrees. The Finnish kids are back in schools now.

The heel is not so good. I have made this heel a few times in the past, but I had to watch a tutorial on YouTube to fresh up the memory. I think I now will remember how to make the heel without watching the tutorial.

I feel more energetic with the extremely long heat wave over, so I will crochet, knit and cross stitch more frequently now than during the summer.

I still work on the Christmas cross stitch. Haven’t done anything to it in the past days. I will probably cross stitch later tonight if I watch a movie on TV or DVD.

In the beginning of September, the knit and crochet café will start again. So then I will do that Monday evenings.

Anyway, I might finish some U.F.O.s or do something else.

Blue/white knitted socks

Finished these at the first knit and crochet cafe after the Christmas break. In the picture the white looks almost beige, but in reality I would say it is a very, very pale blue. But it’s supposed to be white. The yarn was released last year I think, to celebrate Finland’s 100 years of independence. Many Finns knitted these socks last year.

So it was the first time I tried another heel than the one I usually knit. I watched a Swedish tutorial on Youtube. Some larger holes in the heel, but I might try to sew a few stitches to make them smaller later.

I finished the socks quite early in the evening, and I only had that yarn with me. So the rest of the time I started knitting wrist warmers. You’ll see when they are done. Probably going to take a while, because I have no pattern to follow. And I want to focus on the cross stitched bookmarks now.


2nd cross stitch diary, day 70


All cross stitches done! 😀 I made the last ones this morning. In the picture is now the areas that need back stitches. I’ll start in a little while.

It was so frustrating, though. I had done this much of the Santa hat:


Then I ran completely out of red thread! 😦 In the kit was 31 meters of red. Could they not put 32 m?

I have a ton of left over threads. But finding the right shade for the last 18 cross stitches was really hard. Some were too light and some too dark. I think I found the right one at last, or at least really close:


It’s the first five vertical lines of red from the left (top of the Santa hat). I compared the threads under a bright lamp.

Last, I finished my niece’s Christmas gift socks this morning:

She has slightly longer foot than me (and she’s 12 years!), so they should fit her feet.

I’ll start back stitching in a few hours.

Pattern knitted socks!

Don’t look too closely at the stitches! 😉

Finally I finished the socks I have been knitting for so long! I asked my niece, and she said I don’t need to add the letters.

This is the first time I knitted according to a pattern, with three different colored yarns. For many, I guess this would be a piece of cake and they could finish a sock in a day or two.

But for me it was difficult, being the first time. And there were lots of threads to fasten afterwards.

The colors are those of her gymnastics team. They celebrate 20 years I think, and designed their own knitted sock, in case grandmothers or other relatives would wish to knit. She is 12 years and a talented gymnastics girl. 😀

I am happy these are done now. I can try knitting something else. But for now my main focus will be the cross stitch picture.

I will cross stitch a little bit more before posting here again later in the evening. 🙂