Let’s go to Finland!

As you may know, I’ve been taking a Northern Studies course (Introduction to the Circumpolar World) and since I love textiles, quilts, knits and all things that require stitches to make, I thought it would be fun to tour around some of the circumpolar blog world and take a look at what’s up  in other Northern countries! Maybe I’ll go there someday in person, but for today, lets take a cyber visit and skip on over to Finland. Grab a cup of glögi (mulled wine) and let’s get going!

I don’t understand a word of Finnish, so this will be a photo-tour. Here is a little glimpse into what’s going on over at Ajatusten Aalloilla in pictures:


Eija Kause has a blog called TILKKUTAIDE in Finnish (of course) but with bits and pieces of English. I learned that she is a hairdresser who quilts in her spare time and enjoys time at her lake-side cottage. Oh! We have something in common, eh? Here is what Eija has been up to:


…and I assume this is her lake-side cottage: beautiful!

Then I found myself over at Inglborg’s Lotta and found this picture. Dogs and quilts seem to go together no matter where in the world you live. And just look at that beautiful quilt – such beauty in simplicity!

Love this shot, too:

Ina at Ina-Knits spins and knits and sometimes uses Drops patterns, which I have only recently discovered myself! Love the smallness of our world sometimes!


A quick visit over to Töölön Tilkkupaja – tikkauspalvelu:

And last (but not least!) we’ll visit the Finn Quilt show, photos courtesy of Life’s a Quilt in Vaasa, Finland:


I hope you enjoyed our brief tour of Finland!





The Simple Woman’s Day Book


Today I am going to take part in the Simple Woman’s Day Book.


Outside my window…
Fresh snow fell overnight so everything is fresh and fluffy white. The sun is trying to come through a thin layer of cloud and the sky is a milky washed-out blue.

I am thinking…
That I would really like to spend the day in my pajamas, reading, knitting and quilting in front of the fire, but really should do some housework and try to cook a few make-ahead meals for the week.

I am thankful…
At this very minute I am thankful for my wonderful husband who made me a cup of tea and brought me an aspirin for this crashing headache that I woke up with.

In the kitchen…
A big question mark. What will I cook for dinner tonight? I might send hubby to the grocery store for soup fixings.

I am wearing…
My pajamas as I have not been up for very long. We played a dance last night so didn’t get home until the wee hours, resulting in a sleep in.

I am creating…
A home made Christmas this year! A rather frantic one, however. I have so many projects on the go that I despair of finishing any of them!(just kidding) Slippers and scarves on the needles, a lap quilt in the frame, the binding to sew onto a toddler quilt. I’m excited and happy to be doing a home made Christmas this year…it feels good!

I am going…
Crazy? Lol! Seriously, I am going to have a nice hot bubble bath. And I am going out for a walk with the dog. I’m not going anywhere that I have to get dressed up for…not today, anyway!

I am wondering…
If I should put up the Christmas tree today or wait awhile yet. It seems early, but Michael is coming over tonight, and that means free Christmas-tree-putting-up-labour, lol! And, Christmas is one month from today!

I am reading…
Knit, Pearl, Die by Anne Canadeo. Light, easy, fun reading.

I am hoping…
That this headache will go away soon. I’ve had it since last week. One of those squinting through the pain types of headaches that drags you down day after day. Maybe a type of migraine, new to me?

I am looking forward to…
Everything! Life is such an adventure!

I am learning…
How to be content doing less. That I don’t need to please everybody, and I don’t need to follow those old rules in my head that tell me that worth comes from how much I accomplish. Because it doesn’t, and it’s surprising how hard it is to un-learn that.

Around the house…
A tremendous mess that I am responsible for having created and must put to rights myself (in all fairness to hubby, who does the lions share of the housework anyway, and for which I am grateful…)

I am pondering…
Living simply. Frugality and what that means, because it doesn’t just mean spending less money (does it?)…guess that is why I’m pondering it.

A favorite quote for today…
“These are the things I learned (in Kindergarten):

1. Share everything.
2. Play fair.
3. Don’t hit people.
4. Put thngs back where you found them.
6. Don’t take things that aren’t yours.
7. Say you’re SORRY when you HURT somebody.
8. Wash your hands before you eat.
9. Flush.
10. Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
11. Live a balanced life – learn some and drink some and draw some and paint some and sing and dance and play and work everyday some.
12. Take a nap every afternoon.
13. When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together.
14. Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Stryrofoam cup: The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.
15. Goldfish and hamster and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup – they all die. So do we.
16. And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first workd you learned – the biggest word of all – LOOK.”
― Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

One of my favorite things…
The first cup of tea in the morning. And especially when its in my “special” cup that hubby bought me years ago and is such a beautiful china cup with an English garden wrapped around it.

A few plans for the rest of the week:
Finish up two knitting projects and make some progress on the lap quilt. Oh, and do my homework for the Northern Studies class I’m taking and which I am woefully behind in.

A peek into my day…



One Yukon Minute

Todays minute was filmed last Saturday at the Fox Lake Cabin. The sound you hear in the background is the generator running. We had been splitting wood with the wood splitter, and I left my post for a few minutes to take some pictures and film this minute. Seems like a quintessential Yukon minute…It was about -18 that afternoon. Just about perfect. Enjoy!

And a few stills…