Thursday, 26 July 2012

Holiday Craft Specials

Last week we, together with my husband's family, took a boat cruise on the Baltic Sea. The itinerary was Stockholm (Sweden), Helsinki (Finland), St. Petersburg (Russia), Riga (Latvia), GdaƄsk (Poland), Visby (Sweden), and back to Stockholm. And even with a so-so weather and the fact that we couldn't go to St. Petersburg due to a storm, the cruise was brilliant.

Vision of the Seas, our ship, was magnificent. We were lavished with great service, delicious colorful drinks, good music and most of all tones of  food!

 And the trips we took in the ports-of-call were very existing. Whenever I travel somewhere, I make a point of learning about the local crafts and trying the local food. On this trip the food highlights are from Helsinki, where I got to try reindeer meat, lingonberry wine and rainbow trout soup. These are all local delicacies and I am much in love, especially with the meat. 

Also from Helsinki comes this most awesome, life-size, police car crocheted and knitted in yarn. It is on display in Kiasma, Helsinki's modern art museum and it took the artist (whose name I sadly forgot to note down) 3 years to complete!

And last but not least, in the beautiful Riga, Latvia we stumbled upon this lovely little shop called Hobby Wool.

In the shop I got myself a book about Latvian knitting craft from the Rucava region by Aija Jansone. Latvia has a long tradition of knitting socks, gloves and mittens. These hand-knitted items were used both in every day life and as special gifts during weddings and funerals. Elderly people from this region would knit or order knitting of ornamented mittens in preparation for their own departure. 

And even better than that, I also got a DIY kit for Latvian style knitted mittens. Now, that is going to be challenging due to a sophisticated pattern...and the fact that my knitting skills are very basic...

Have a great summer and I'll get back to you when I knit like a Latvian! 

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Crochet Cuffs

This week I added two crochet cuffs to my Etsy shop. It's been a while since I did anything with the shop so I am happy to be able to add something. Especially that the cuffs were in my "done and to be posted" box for far too long.

I am also very happy to use the new Etsy feature: shop and item stats. When I look at my stats, I come to the conclusion that I need to make and add more doilies, serviettes and place mats. This seems to be the things that people look for in crochet. 

Monday, 2 July 2012

Current Project: Crochet Runner

I haven't been writing on this blog for a very long time but that doesn't mean that I put my craft work on hold. I have a few projects in the works and a few others are in my head. 

The runner you can see below is a bit over half-done and I'm making it for my mom. I am using a pattern from a Polish magazine I bought some years ago. It takes ages to make but I love the natural pattern that comes out. I'll make sure to take a few photos before I ship it off so you can see how it turned out in the end.