Wednesday, February 28, 2018


I do not have the time to write reviews of these, it's surprisingly time consuming! But I fear if I don't post this now, I'll fall behind. Here's the post for January. I intend to read 52 new to me books this year, hence the numbering.

A lot of Finnish books this month.

9. The Little Book of Lykke: The Danish Search for the World's Happiest People by Meik Wiking

10. Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion by Elizabeth L. Cline (which made me knit a sweater)

11. Bujoilun voima: Järjestä elämäsi, saavuta unelmasi by Miia Pöllänen (I loved this book)

12. Alppipolku: L. M. Montgomeryn elämä ja teokset by L. M. Montgomery and Sisko Ylimartimo (Montgomery is my favorite author and this really made me want to read her diaries!)

13. Sokeritonta ruokaa (no author I could find)
14. Kiitos hyvää: Herkkuja ilman sokeria ja gluteenia by Virpi Mikkonen
15. Kiitos hyvää pikaruokaa: Helppoja ruokia terveelliseen arkeen by Virpi Mikkonen
(lumped these together, they are all cook books so technically I just browsed through them. They offer sugar free recipes and I've been sugar free for two months now! Woo! But I only found three interesting recipes in these.)

16. Täydellinen vaatekaappi tuhlaamatta: Onnellisen ostamisen salaisuus by Hannele Lampela (about how to take care of your finaces and yourself and not be misserable doing it, a book I'd like the Kiddo to read at some point)

17. Melkein geisha: hurmaava ja hullu Japani by Minna Eväsoja (a collection of little moments of the authors life in Japan)

18. Jokainen lapsi on lahjakas (Jedes Kind ist hoch begabt in German) by Gerald Hüther and Uli Hauser 

19. Totuus taloudestasi by Terhi Majasalmi 

20. Tunne taloutesi, tunnetaloutesi by Mikko Sjögren

21. Gifts of Inperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brené Brown

22. Klompelompe - Neuleita koko perheelle by Hanne Andreassen Hjelmås and Torunn Steinsland

23. Klompelompe - Ihania neuleita lapsille by Hanne Andreassen Hjelmås and Torunn Steinsland (this book has so many adorable knit baby clothes patterns!)

Whew, it still took forever to look up all the correct titles and writers. But here we are at 23 and it's only been two months! I really love this project, I've read books I'd never picked up otherwise.

Thursday, February 22, 2018


 These pictures are sort of embarrassing, but let's just go with it. I knit a sweater!
I read a book called Overdressed: the Shockingly High Cost of cheap Fashion by Elizabeth L. Cline as recommended by Elise on her post about making her own clothes. I love a book that kicks me into action and I was about half way through this book when I started knitting this sweater.

What really motivated me wasn't the knowledge of sweatshops, I knew about those and buy a lot of my clothes second hand and try only buy new what I must. But as I was reading this book I realized the things I was buying in thrift stores weren't vintage, they were H&M. As the book points out, the quality of most clothes today is bad and I'd have to keep buying new (or new to me) clothes that would only hold up a few washes. That's waste too.

And secondly, most clothes today are plastic. I try to avoid plastic in my home, yet I'm walking around wearing it?

So, now my new year's resolution too (I think it's OK to make resolutions all year long) is to make clothes for myself. I don't know what I'll make or how many or how they'll turn out, but I'll try! I'm thinking a few more sweaters, a couple of tops and t-shirts for the summer (I'm not making my own jeans.)
The pattern is Tweedy Stripey by Leslie Weber. It was great for a first time clothing maker! Very straight forward and easy to follow. Although, I did completely mess up the stripe pattern. Still, I'm very fond of my sweater. It's loose and long enough to wear with leggings. It's wool and very warm, but the short sleeves are very practically since it seems I'm constantly washing hands, faces and butts. 

Sunday, February 11, 2018


I made a lumberjack!
With a tiny ukulele.

And suspenders. And a beard, you can't forget the beard.
He's shy.

No, really, back to reality. But isn't he cute?  I sort of love him and his worried eyebrows and little brown boots. 
If you want to make one, I tried following this YouTube tutorial by Shayda Campbell, but veered off course immediately. It's a good tutorial. I just kept adding details, like the nose and ears and the ukulele... I couldn't help myself. 

This is so going on the Christmas tree and my kid can marvel what a crazy mother she has.

This might be the last needle felt project for a while, because right now I'm knitting. Watch out, next pigs will fly.
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