Wednesday, August 31, 2011

My Daughter

22 years ago, this beautiful baby was born making me a mother and us a family! Happy Birthday Anna Aurora Linnea, my little girl!

Monday, August 29, 2011

When kids are bored

Sometimes I wonder, with all the activities kids have nowadays, if they really need all that organization.
When kids are 'bored' they usually come up with some really fun things... even kids that are already 18!

Matteo sat in the garden with some pine cones and made these:

They are somehow woven together so that they don't fall apart and             I think they are lovely!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Earth and Sky?

When Stephen West announced a KAL (Knit-along) on Ravelry, I immediatly signed up... I'm not so good at KALs, but I love Stephen's patterns...
SO... when we were yarn shop crawling with my girl-friend in Helsinki, I bought six skeins of Drop's Alpaca in three beautiful shades of grey... urged on by my friend who knows exactly how easily I'm hooked with greys!

The first clue was published on August 1st, but I didn't start until when we came back to Italy... The first two clues were quickly knit:

... then we were hit by a heat-wave, AND my rows got awfully loooooong (size 3mm needles and a million stitches) so I slowed down a bit and finished it yesterday!

It's grey (love) it's BIG and it's gorgeous! It's also 100% alpaca and very warm... taking these photos was... painful in 30° weather, not to speak of the looks I got when the other day I was knitting this at the pool-side... =) but  I'm going to love this this winter!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


There are days, and books, which keep her all day in the books world... reminds me so much of myself as a kid...

Sunday, August 21, 2011


  Little things please little minds - I saw this from the corner of my eye while driving home one of the last days in Finland... I love sunflowers!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

What is this?

I woke up rather late this morning ... and was shown this picture and asked if I recognized the view! =)

     (It's the view from our toilet-seat, with the door wide open...)

Friday, August 19, 2011

For the love of Internet

Internet has brought me SO much!
There is Ravelry, which is too much to describe in words, and through Ravelry I have found some of the best friends I have, and then there is Facebook, where I have re-connected with long lost friends, and that has been a joy.

And then there are blogs... blogs in which one gets a glimpse of people's lives and sometimes, sometimes you just feel a connection with someone, after reading their postings...
and then you just feel like connecting, you see something that you want to send this person... you find yourself in a bookshop and you just think of this person on the other side of the world, and so you send them a package!

And then you receive one too... even if that was not at all expected, and you see that this person is a friend, because she really has stopped to think of what would please you...

... and if you're REALLY lucky, your friend has amazing talent and she sends you some cards made by her!!! Thank you SO SO SO much Kristen! 

Thursday, August 18, 2011

25 and 28 and flea markets

In July we reached 25 years together!!! (Scary... silver wedding if we were married) and next week I'll turn 28 again. 
This year I was  really lucky at the flee market:

             A bronze Kalevala bird from my eldest, Aurora

A pretty pendant and necklace...

And last but not least a GORGEOUS silver bracelet, which I was told was from Sweden and from the 1930's. Lucky lucky me!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

An August morning...

I was dragged away from the computer this morning for a swim... Just a stairway from home the Mediterranean looks like this:

 The slight murkiness is from the sweet water that springs from the rocks and is cold ... it rests on top of the seawater, so if one dives the water is warmer (almost too warm in August).

                                                   Ice cream for breakfast:

Monday, August 15, 2011

Last day in Finland

Last day in Finland... salmon at my mother's house

Then home to pack... Luckily I had a brilliant idea to go and have an ice cream at the seashore near home (Munkkivuoren ranta)

             As soon as we finished the birds wanted their share...

The sky and the view were spectacular!

   (photos by Nini)

Saturday, August 13, 2011

An early birthday present...

When one is very lucky, one has a mother who buys one birthday presents!!!
This is my very favourite Marimekko bag... in LEATHER!!!
The softest , most beautiful pitch-black leather!

I'm VERY lucky!

And now we're back in Italy!

And life goes on....