Hip hey a giveaway

I apologize the not-so-imaginative title, but getting something to rhyme with giveaway seemed to be a hard task this Monday, so we will go with hip hey now. Sorry. But I was going to talk about something else too - have you noticed that September is almost over? Just two more days, and we are greeting October! Feels unbelievable as our weather has been just as good (and better!) than in June&July, sun shines and days are warm and pretty. I have tried to get myself into mood for mittens and stockings, with very little result... One Christmas-stocking done (and it was a custom order, so I am not giving that away, sorry, just read a bit further, please):


I really should be knitting and felting mittens for my shop stock now, and just as every year around this time, I go through my wool stash for inspiration. This time I found a lovely ball of green-blue-violet wool. The colors slide beautifully without making actual stripes, and I thought that would make a lovely pair of mittens, first for this fall. Before I started knitting I still weighed the ball as it seemed quite light and to my surprise annoyment (is that a word?) there was too little wool for a pair. I then remembered that last year already I had made some designing&calculations for fingerless mittens and...


A first ever pair was done! And they turned out pretty pretty, but I might want to make a few changes to the design still, so this happy pair needs a new home! It was knitted from that green-blue-violet wool mentioned earlier, and they were then decorated with needlefelted white flowers.


So what a better way to start this mittens-season, than a giveaway! So to be won is a pair of fingerless mittens (we call them kämmekkäät here but let's forget that as I know there are a dot or two too many on top of those a's for some of your liking), they are 100% wool, and guaranteed to keep your hands and wrists warm. These could be used on their own or over mittens or gloves for extra warmth. So of you think your hands (or friend, family, neighbour, co-worker, bus driver) would need this pair to keep their hands warm now or later this coming winter, please leave a comment to this post with your name/nickname/anything you can be recognized if you should be a winner! I will pick up (randomly by number generator or the old fashion way by cutting the names from paper and shaking them in a jar) after a week, on October 5th 2015. I will ship this pair anywhere so everyone's welcome to participate. Best of luck, everybody, and 

Happy last days of September!

Yours,
Mia

P.S. Photographing this pair's colors was really hard, and I think they should look a tad darker and more warm-toned, but I wish you will love them anyway. Size-wise these are women medium-large, and from top to down 20,5cm/8" and width is approx.10cm/3.9". But as said, these can be worn over gloves too, so the size is not just-just, wool adjusts easily.

September, squirrels and sunshine


After a how-you-put-it-politely bad summer August and September have been such a joy. Sunny, bright days, almost hot at the times, and colors changing from pretty greens to deeper, richer shades. Days are getting shorter and night are very dark already, but this all has happened in sort of slow, soft pace, and I am all happy with it. Welcome autumn!


Nature's beautiful colors and all things autumnal have been inspiring me lately. I have made a few custom pieces but all the other times I have been rolling little woolen balls and making leaves, birdies and acorns for...


 ...Happy autumn-wreaths! Birds, flowers, leaves, acorns and...


... a happy little squirrel too!




Happy September days to you all!

Yours,
Mia

P.S. Oh yes, that is me lurking in the window behind the squirrel-wreath with camera *wave*

Summer that never came

Hello dear friends! I am wishing there is still someone out there reading, even I have been away blogland for quite a while. I have started (in my mind) writing a new post many times, but somehow the longer you're off the harder starting gets. But here we are, and the title tells it all. June and July 2015 were miserable, rainy, cold, full of illness, sadness, sorrow and eventually loss. Sun literally did not shine for me (we had one hot day during those two months, August brought one more) but it was not just me, summer skipped this whole country this year. This all said August was much better, we had some brighter days and many happy occasions, so I am not burdening you with my moaning any more, just saying a shy Hi! and wishing that someone's waving back.


Someone turned seven, and started...


...School! How did this happen? Where did the time go? Questions, questions...


All my beloved wool and stuff were abandoned this summer along with my little shop, oh my what a (virtual) layer of dust I wiped off the shelves recently. I started safely with some Moomins, and slowly built it from there. To my surprise I still could sew...


...and that gave me courage to get back to those happy plans I had for this summer, those that were first postponed and eventually almost forgotten. I did an another wipe, for my notebook this time, and started creating something new. Some of you might still remember the little bunny-sisters born last November, they are here. Their cousin Bella was in my sketchbook for quite a while, and finally she saw the daylight a while ago:


She was followed by crafty fox Albert...


Oh yes, he knits!


And last but not least as the schools are just starting there is Miss Agatha Kitty, the teacher all ready for the new school year:


She has a big pen and chalk board...


...and the first apple for the season on its way too!


These little guys make me smile, and they are by far the happiest makes for 2015, and I wish you will like them too. They jumped into my shop here a while ago, and to welcome you all back to there too with coupon code

 SMILE 

you will get -20% off any purchase you make (shipping costs excluded) 1.9.2015 - 12.9.2015.


Wishing you a happy, sunny and bright September, it is good to be back!

Yours,
Mia