Holy Craftmanship

Sometime when you travel you’ll have one attraction on a list you plan on visiting if you run out of other activities. For me, on our trip to Edinburgh the attraction was St. Giles’ Cathedral. It’s usually stained glass windows and their vivid colours that bring to the cathedrals but I’m also intrigued by the architecture and ornaments. Strangely enough we walked pass St.Giles’ a couple of times at the beginning of our stay. I was maybe expecting it to be much bigger so I didin’t pay attention to it. Then one day when were buying jewelry across the street, I suggested we go in and have look since it was raining and we were not in a hurry.
Am I glad we went inside! While my travel companion befriended the kind ladies in the cathedral’s shop, I walked around and studied the details of this architectural gem.  I really liked the blue colour of the ceiling, it was so vivid. The chandeliers had a modern look almost futuristic look, like something that could have been in Jupiter Ascending.








The Impeccable Palette

I was once watching a tv show listing the most visually beautiful films ever made. Though I questioned how they had come to the result they were presenting, I watched the show to the end out of pure curiosity. I have to admit I hadn’t watched half of the classic movies on the list and I even disagreed with some of their choices. There was however one movie that I felt was rightfully at the higher end of the list, Zhang Yimou’s Hero from 2002. I’m not going to reveal too much of the plot, I’ll just say watch it! The use of colour in the film and the attention to detail in the set and costume design is just impeccable. I’ve seen this this many times over the years and each time I notice something new.




















The magic of the highlands

After we booked our flights to Edinburgh Kea, the awesome travel planner that she is, suggested we should book some guided tours and see more of Scotland than just the capital. I was eager to visit a new country so I was open to all suggestions. After the tours were booked I didn’t give it more thought so I didn’t research the places we were going to see. Because of that I guess I didn’t have high expectations, I hoped for nice weather, beautiful landscapes and some really old buildings.
We went on two tours by the same company and with really entertaining tour guides. Sitting in a car for hours and only making a few stops here and there for a photo op might sound very touristy and boring but it’s actually a great option if you’re short on time or travelling alone. We saw a lot on our tours, we drove through several cosy towns and saw a lot of sheep (but  for some reason I don’t have a picture of a single one!). There was also beautiful old castles, whiskey tasting at a distillery, highland cows and crazy weather or as a colleague of mine used to called it “four seasons in one hour”. If there’s one thing that truly blew me away was the landscapes. I remember getting out of the car at Glencoe and being in awe of my majestic surroundings. Maybe it’s because I haven’t traveled that much or because I’ve spent most of my life in the flatlands known as Ostrobothnia but I’d never seen anything like it. What can I say? The highlands left a lasting impression on me. So much so that I’m going back later this year!










Willing spring to arrive

Spring might not want to come to Helsinki just yet but I’ve already gotten started with spring cleaning. Last week I went through all my clothes, putting aside all the pieces that simply don’t work for me anymore and man was I brutal! This wardrobe edition of the hunger games left me with little workwear which is daunting but I believe in the long run it will pay off. While going through my accessories I noticed that the scarves I’ve had the longest and that I use every year are the ones I’ve made myself. I have a couple of colourful scarves that have kept me warm in the coldest winters but they are quit thick and too warm spring and early autumn use. With my recent rediscovery of knitting, I decided to knit a thinner but textured scarf. I wear scarves pretty much all year round (except  for those few weeks in July when it gets really hot) so I need a few of those thin but warm ones in my wardrobe.

I had originally planned to use the moss stitch for this scarf but I noticed it was hard to keep track of my rows while watching TV shows. So I went with the seed stitch and in the end I think it was a good choice. When knitted in a thin yarn it creates a compact and textured pattern, which is exactly what I wanted. 2016 is turning out to be the year of the scarves! I crocheted one for my brother and I plan crochet another for a friend of mine. I’m also on the hunt for a silk blend yarn for some lace crochet I’d like to try. If you know where I can find some, let me know!