The last year has been a busy travelling one for me, and in knitting terms my voyages have so far seen an Adelaide scarf, Brisbane socks, Vanuatu bag, Paris hoodie and a Hobart Cardigan. The next trip is now organised, and once again I am heading for the COLD. Yaaaaaayyyy!!!! Astute regular readers may indeed wonder why the hell I live in Queensland. You and me both.
But anyway, I am going to Helsinki, Finland for three weeks in November/December. Worst weather time, but I reeeeeeaaaallly wanted to see the St Thomas Christmas markets and the lights on Aleksanterinkatu. I love Christmas so much!! And a market in the snow, how awesome. 🙂
Again I will be travelling solo. I did actually put the word out this time in case anyone particularly wanted to come with me, and the responses I received back from friends and family ran the gamut from “F*ck that for a joke” and “You’re totally insane”. So be it. Bunch of wusses. M, who genuinely believes Queensland is “bloody freezing”, was obviously a non-starter.
I come from Finnish heritage on my mother’s side, and I’ve always felt a strange pull to go there. I’ve been learning the language for a couple of years (so I basically know three words. It’s a pretty hard language). They speak a lot of English there, fortunately.
So 3 months out, now is about the time to begin my Finland Sweater. Obviously I have invested in some heavy duty outerwear this time, because I would rather not die. Therefore this sweater actually needs to be quite slimline, to fit nicely under coats.
I have chosen this earthy yarn that my Mum was throwing out called Bagabo Country Spun Wool, which is 100% wool (Australian merino/corriedale). It’s a 5ply (sport weight), and I really like the undyed grey/oatmeal colour called silver. (Not as brown as it appears here.)
It took a while to find an appropriate pattern, and I have settled on this, by Purl Soho, the Top-Down Turtleneck Cardigan. Not actually a sweater, but it will be worn as one. (I’ve decided that cardigans worn as sweaters are a lot easier on the shoulders, so I’m not sure I’ll ever knit myself another proper ‘pullover’.)
As usual, I will add patch pockets to this, and I am also somewhat tempted by the needle-felted patches on the elbows that I am seeing all over Pinterest. So maybe them too. I think I’ll also change the bottom edging.
Can I rant for just a second here? This is a very prettily laid out pattern, and it frickin should be for US$9. That is way more than I would normally spend, especially on something relatively simple, but it looked very elegant and slick. However it reeeeeally annoys me when I download patterns and they only have US terms! What is that about? Ethnocentrism might be a standard human trait, and I can live with it in free or inexpensive patterns, but it is a massive fail in a pricey ‘professional’ pattern being downloaded worldwide. I can cope with the inches-only measurements, because every tape measure has them, but yardage with no meterage, and U.S.-only needle sizes with no equivalents is totally unacceptable. I should NOT have to look up the conversion and write it in. *Insert grumpy huff.*
Anyhoo. Okay I’m over it. 🙂 There’s a LOT of stockinette here. Wish me luck.