Tuesday, October 30, 2012

New in October: Persnickety Penguin Magnet

Birds lend themselves well to knitted form, for some reason. I've always had a fun time making them. The magnetic creature family includes ravens, owls, kiwi birds, eagles... and now, penguins!

This persnickety little guy is as tiny as the rest, measuring a mere 4.5 cm (1 3/4 in) tall. He's made with a wool blend, using both knitting and crochet to give him a proper penguin shape.

Would you like a penguin magnet to guard notes on your fridge? Take a look in my Etsy shop!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Sunday Snippets - week 43

I'm trying something new this week by taking part in something called Sunday Snippets:
A collection of photos from your week. No need for words. Let the pictures tell your story.

This week we saw Turku change from a golden autumn city to a winter wonderland.

An awesome savoury pie, with delicious stuff like cold-smoked salmon, pesto, sundried tomatoes, feta etc. Perfect on a cold October day.

The tiniest tomatoes ever! Some of the last food harvested from the balcony.

Turku Cathedral

A chilly-looking visitor on the balcony. (Look at the railing below; an impressive amount of first snow this year!)

Go to {tinniegirl}'s blog if you want to see more Sunday Snippets or join in yourself!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The Grand North American Adventure, part 1: Inauspicious Beginnings

As you may have guessed from the sky photos last week, I spent my autumnal break travelling. Yes indeed, Mr Morrgan and I embarked on a grand North American adventure! First we spent a little under a week in the Boston area on the east coast of USA, then headed up north to Ottawa (and Montréal) in Canada.

Hello America!
Our trip did not begin too well. We were scheduled for a total of three flights, Turku -> Stockholm, Stockholm -> Frankfurt and Frankfurt -> Boston. Well. Our first flight ended up being so late that we arrived at Stockholm airport at the time our next flight was leaving. Much frantic running about with a generally helpless and lost appearance ensued, until a lovely lady managed to get us rebooked for a flight to the US, though to New York, and from New York to Boston.

During our trip, we appreciated literature!
Naturally the gate for this flight was at the other end of the airport, so we once again had to run to make it to our new flight (as it turned out, running would become the theme of this trip). We made it on the flight, though! Alas, our luggage did not. Nor did the information that I needed gluten free food.

We appreciated art!
We arrived in New York well on time and entered the huge security check queue on the way to our final flight, looking at the time and saying silly things like "Oh, we have half an hour. We'll make it through this checkpoint easy."

And history!
Haha, haha, haha. 25 minutes later we were nowhere near the end of the queue. After some more frantic helplessness an attendant let us go through the VIP line to get straight to the security check, but it was in vain. By the time we reached the gate, our plane was taking off. How eerily familiar!

Aaaaaand architecture!
Once again our flight was rescheduled. Interestingly, despite this disaster of a flight, we ended up arriving in Boston only an hour or so late. Sadly, our luggage didn't, so the next day was mostly spent hunting for socks and underpants.

Also, a wee bit of the night life!
Oddly enough, not that many photos were taken over the course of almost 2 weeks, but nonetheless I found I have too many for one blog post, or even two. A total of three posts full of photos is needed to fully describe this adventure, so stay tuned for parts 2 (USA) and 3 (Canada)!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

New in October: Striped Fingerless Gloves

So, the autumn break is over and Morrgan is back in business! I have a whole bunch of new designs for this season that I can't wait to show you, starting with something for your hands.

I'm a big fan of my latest fingerless glove design. They're made with a current favourite yarn of mine, a soft and warm blend containing alpaca and wool. It's perfect for mitts like these, not to mention a joy to knit with. =)

These gloves also combine two other things I enjoy, both making and wearing: stripes and knitted, decorative surfaces. As always, they feature a separately knitted thumb for a snug and comfy fit.

These fingerless gloves are available in four different colours: green, magenta, grey and blue. I'll be listing them in my Etsy shop within the next week or so, so feel free to take a peek at those listings for more details!

More new stuff coming soon, including magnets and footwear!

(Also, travel photos.)

Friday, October 19, 2012

Taking to the Sky

I can't decide which is the best thing about flying. It's either the moment of takeoff, when gravity seems to relinquish its hold on you and makes the butterflies in your stomach flutter about in a good way; or when you see views like this:

Magical. Like a white, unexplored world in the sky.

(It's too bad absolutely everything else about air travel sucks.)

Monday, October 01, 2012

An Autumnal Break

Morrgan's Creatures is on a fall break! The Etsy and Dawanda shops will reopen at the end of October with many new exciting designs.

My patterns will continue to be available throughout the break in my Ravelry and Craftsy shops, so go take a peek there if you are overcome by the desire to knit a cute creature!
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