In the past few weeks, our weather has been cloudy (not very rainy though), often foggy and overall very grey.
Few flowers are still blooming and I'm growing ever more fond of ferns. As Ambra Edwards wrote in the Guardian: "There is something ancient and mysterious about ferns. The marvellous intricacies of their leaf forms are preserved eternally in fossil shards, and there is a goose-bump thrill to watching the furry crosier of a royal fern unfurl, knowing that any mildly observant dinosaur will have witnessed the same minor miracle – for this plant has been growing, essentially unchanged, for 240m years."
Royal fern (Osmunda regalis) wouldn't survive here, unfortunately, so my local favourite is Athyrium filix-femina, common lady-fern.
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Lokakuu oli pilvinen täälläpäin Suomea. Tuntuu, ettei aurinkoa ole näkynyt viikkoihin, mutta valokuvien perusteella 10. päivä paistoi aurinko. :) Ensilumi satoi täällä 25.10. Nyt lumi on jo kokonaan sulanut pois ja sataa vettä. - Tunnelmallista marraskuuta!
Mums and ferns:
Ferns and mums:
In my previous post, I have shown a pair of socks I just finished. As I mentioned earlier, I participated in an Autumn Knitalong lead by Tiina. In her blog, you can find the daily instructions, at the moment only in Finnish though. On Instagram you can see how many different combinations of colours were used... and all so beautiful! I wouldn't be able to pick a favourite.
My socks look different because I used only a multicoloured, self-striping yarn (see below) together with a dark grey colour.
The "Autumn socks" were designed for a woman and I modified the number of loops and colour patterns, because this pair will be a Christmas present to my brother. He is the fisherman mentioned in the previous post... and very special indeed. We all thank him for this lovely blog, because the camera I use
The finished socks look like this:
As to my previous post, I would also like to tell to the foreign readers of this blog that celebrating Halloween is not an old tradition in Finland, but it's becoming more popular also here. I find the origins of this feast fascinating, but notice how important the commercial interests involved are. In our family, we don't celebrate Halloween and the peppers of the previous post were carved for photographic purposes only. :)
In Finland, All Saints' Day is celebrated on the Saturday between 31 October and 6 November. This year it falls on the 5th of November. The tradition is to light candles and to visit the graves of passed-away relatives and loved ones.
The first snow fell on the 25th. Now the snow has already disappeared and it's raining.
Another winter to survive? We can do it!
Have a happy and healthy November!