Posted by Sari
I did not bring my knitting to Åcon, mainly because what I was knitting was a multicoloured mitten-kit (the same one that gave Yarn-harlot such trouble deciphering the Finnish instructions) and I figured counting colours and listening to panels do not really go together. (Un)fortunately, Mariehamn must have the greatest yarn-store to residents ratio in Finland, because there seemed to be yarn and craft stores everywhere one looked.
So I succumbed. I found Drops Alpaca on sale so I, you know, just had to give it a good home. I am thinking Clapotis. I also bought few balls of Noro Silk Garden (Silk-merino-wool blend) and knitted a hat. Considering the fact that I made up the pattern and technique on the spot, I think it turned out pretty fine. Unfortunately it looked much better on my sister than on me, so I gave it to her. It even goes with her pashmina. She herself found few balls of Austermann’s Step sock yarn with embedded Aloe Vera and Jojoba oils and started knitting socks. By Saturday, both Ylva S and Ninni were also KIPping, so yay for fandom knitting! Nex Åcon, I need a budged both for beer and yarn…
And the mittens (yarn courtesy of Annash, thank you!) are almost finished too: first time I am actually almost satisfied with my colourwork technique. Rougher wool yarns are defenitely the way to go for beginners.