Dotted Rays

When I first saw Stephen West’s patterns in Ravelry, I was in love. I loved the colors used in his works and the photos were awesome. I came across this beautiful shawl, Dotted Rays, which looked really simple but had that little something to make it interesting.

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Since I haven’t knit much else than socks and couple of sweaters, I wanted to do something simple with simple stitches. I haven’t been that good in following instructions on knitting. so I decided to take this one a challenge, to make it by following the pattern and not soloing it by myself without actually reading what is said…

And it became really beautiful! It is huge, but I love it, since I can already imagine how nice it is to wrap it around myself during winter.

I used Finnish yarn called Tukuwool Fingering in three different colors. They are dyed on grey base yarn, which gives nice tone to the colors.

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100 years of Independence

Next year, 2017, we will celebrate the 100th year of independency in Finland.

To celebrate our beautiful country, in my region, they are giving a knit sweater for each of the babies born in the regional hospital. I’m taking my part in this process and I’m knitting one sweater to donate to the hospital.

I love the idea, that all the babies have something to remember when they are adults, something from the year when they were born, which is in the same time really remarkable year for all of us Finnish people.

Sweater is really simple to make, so pretty much anyone can do it. Everyone who’s ever held a knitting needles, is able to do this one, at least with bit of guidance from someone more advanced knitter.

I will add photo of my version when I’m finished, I’m already done over 50% of it so it will be ready soon! I’m knitting it from Drops Baby Merino, which is so soft and cuddly yarn!

This sweater will be nice addition to the hats and gloves they are already giving, in the Satakunta regional hospital,to newborns to take home with, all made by enthusiastic knitters and crocheters in Satakunta region, who donate their makings to the hospital!

Earlier this year, they had a campaign in whole Finland, when there was numerous of “safety octopus” donated to the hospitals to give to the premies to “play” with, to avoid them pulling the cords and hoses they are attached to.

So small, simple things we crafters can do with our hands, can help and make people happy easily.