The camera and I have been happily reunited again after spending some time apart.
To try and rekindle the flame we went on a little weekend cruise to Helsinki in Finland.
Before going I asked my friend Tove for some useful tourist tips. She told me about the yarn shop Menita and the book shop Hobboks, both in the same street in central Helsinki. Korkeavuorenkatu it´s called – the street.
Unfortunately Menita was closed and judging from the note on the door they were away at an outlet for the day. But my Finnish leaves a lot to be desired.
Maybe the note was a message from the yarn gods, telling me that my stash is big enough already...
In the shop window there was a dress on display – the very dress that I had just cast on for.
What a coincidence! Though mine will be – wait for it – pink!
Not the greatest photo I´ve taken, I have to admit.
When I got to Hobboks I was in more luck. The lovelylooking book shop was open and inside I found the BIGGEST selection of knitting books I´ve ever seen.
There was also a big sofa where the rest of the family could lounge while I spent almost an hour going through the books from A to Z.
The staff was very friendly and offered to keep the books I bought behind the counter until it was time for me to return to the big boat. It would have been quite heavy to carry my loot around all day, so I was most greatful.
Thank you, Virve!
Virve, the shop owner and the shelf filled with knitting books.
If you should visit Helsinki you simply must go to Hobboks.
The name "Hobboks" probably means "book heaven" in Finnish.
But don´t take my word for it, remember my Finnish isn´t that great...
In Sweden we call the big boat the "Finland boat". But the funny thing is that in Finland they call it the "Sweden" boat...
However, we had a lovely time in Helsinki.
And tomorrow we´re off again. This time to Italy.
I´ve bought a new wooden circular needle that I hope I can bring on board the plane.
Or I shall go MAD having nothing to knit on the beach all week.