The Seiskari mitten, knitted in Isager Tvinni bought last autumn in Copenhagen
, is growing with medium speed. The yarn is a 2 ply merino, and it is very nice to knit with. It's not superwash treated, it’s soft to knit with, and after the first wash it softens even more. To knit with two colours in this yarn is also no problems, the tension is so incredible easy to keep. It was on the expensive side, if I remember right (but we tend to forget about these details, don’t we) and if I had my currency conversions right (no guarantees here, standing infront of the shelves with Isager yarns can turn even the head of persons with no math problems inside out), but few good things comes cheaply, a rule applicable to yarns also. A big problem in acquiring more of this yarn from heaven is however that it is not widely sold over the internet. The yarn is thin; on 2 mm needles I get a gauge of 42 stitches and 42 rows for every 10 cm, and in the patterns in the Isager books I bought it is usually kept doubles. And it is light: one Seiskari mitten, size teenager boy (a small man’s hand I would guess) weights 28 grams, when a mitten in the same size, knitted in thin Pirkka yarn weights 32 grams. So far is my experience of the durability also good: my younger son got his new mittens in the end of the autumn, and they are still like new (this being the same boy who got that terrible hole
in his Estonian mittens). The colour work has also stayed very clear, the yarn has not rugged up in use, something that easily happens on mittens, making the colour pattern unclear (this doesn’t happen with Satakieli
either, my second favourite mitten yarn). Well, what I’m trying to tell is that Tvinni is at the ten top list of my dream yarns. And did I mention that the colour range was amazing?
The backyard yesterdayBut I have to hurry up with these mittens, and they have got first priority on the WIP list. Spring is fast approaching us, as you can see in the mitten picture, taken yesterday at midday. It has been raining and the snow is melting in an admirable rate*. The backside of the rain is of course that the sky is grey all day long. Midday was the light so bad even outside that I didn’t get better light in the pictures than what you see above. Looks like today will be a bit better, as I write this in the early morning the sun is sending some tiny rays of light through the clouds and I can even see some blue sky.
*Who me, a winter person? Never. I love spring, no matter how wet and grey it is. Spring brings with it the promise of warmer days, sun, less clothes, gardening. I can stand winter only because I know it makes my children happy to ski and skate, to build snow castles and snowmen, and to generally tumble around in the snow.