Knitting Librarian

A knitting scrapbook to keep track of things I've knitted and/or would like to knit someday.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Yarn Crawl

We're back from our Scandinavian vacation (AKA Yarn Crawl). We had a great trip. The people of Finland, Sweden and Denmark were very friendly and didn't give us a hard time for not speaking their language. Brian always tries to learn a few phrases for the places we go, and that does a lot to help break the ice. Now for a few photos.

Here's a view of downtown Helsinki from the Sokos Torni rooftop bar. Note all of the huge cruise ships in the harbor.

We took one of those big ships to Tallinn, Estonia for a quick day trip. Tallinn is a beautifully preserved medieval city, and they are known for their handcrafts. There's also a darker side to Tallinn. We were approached by white supremists, who gave us a beer, and from this sign at the train station it seems that people in the area need some reminding of where to do their business:

We visited Suomenlinna Island in Helsinki Harbor, which was amazing. While wandering around the island we saw this:

We stayed in Helsinki for 4 days then took a train up to Oulu, where we stayed in a camping cabin at Nallikari campground for three nights:

After staying in Oulu and doing a day trip to the Arctic Circle in Rovaniemi, we took a train south to Turku and took Viking Line's night ferry to Stockholm. Sadly, we only spent one night in Stockholm. We packed in lots of tourist activities, including visiting Skansen folk park, where we saw this amazing building from Norway:

Now for some yarn. I didn't go nuts buying yarn because we had to carry everything we bought wherever we went. I bought a skein of varigated blue yarn from a shop in Tallinn, some Finnish yarn at Menita in Helsinki, and one skein of dark blue Kauni yarn from Somerflugen in Copenhagen:

I also bought some non-Scandinavian yarn at Menita. The yarn on the left is a lace weight silk/wool blend that might be from Italy. The yarn on the right is sock yarn from Germany.

As usual, I didn't get as much knitting done as I thought I would. I made good progress on Wisp, but didn't quite finish it:

Here's the finished Blue/Green Bohus which still needs to be blocked. I also need to find some buttons, but the knitting is done.

As far as my other projects go, I will probably rip out my Kauni and redo the bottom edge. It knits up pretty quickly, I'm just waiting for the weather to cool off before I go back to it. I'm almost done with the mystery shawl, and will focus on that over our long weekend. I started a pair of socks on our trip, but I may be making them too small and will have to rip back. I finished all of the crochet flowers for my Drogeurie kit that I got last year, but I started sewing them all together to make a scarf and I didn't like how it looked. I'm going to try to figure out a way to turn them into an afghan.


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