Some sweet memories from our last day in Sweden this summer. Molly was so busy playing in the old shed that we now use as a guest cabin. She was pretending it was her own little home. She was running in and out, selecting leaves, nuts, flowers and pebbles to cook with in her little homemade kitchen. And I was cleaning and trying to snap some photos with Nieva Knitwear's lovely items. Right now I long to be up there again - just to have time to play, each in our way.
Hello! I have so much I want to share - and I feel a bit behind with everything... I'll start with sharing this book review the girls and I did for Enfants Terribles Mag's blog some while ago. We do a monthly book review for the magazine and it's really a cosy favourite moment to pick out the book, read it and talk about it together with the girls.
This time, a children's book by iconic and beloved Danish designer and artist, Bjørn Wiinblad. I remember how much I loved his plates and cups when I was a child - objects for endless study and scrutiny with their many tiny details, flowers and curlicues. I'm sure that Bjørn Wiinblad conciously decided to ignore the real world around him to create this flourishing and happy universe of his own - so good to diassapear a bit in for the rest of us.
The book entitled "Mukkerla's ude i skoven" ["Mukkerla's in the forest] is drawn and written in 1945 for Wiinblad's nephew, Muk. The story is very simple and the clue that makes it something speciel is that it's a story within a story. It begins with a blank page and for each page Wiinblad adds more and more details to create a forest scene with the boy Mukkerla's surrounded by grass, flowers, trees, deers, birds and a couple of foxes. At the moment the drawing is finished some intruders trespass the picture - a very noisy and polluting family not used to be in the forest. Element by element the noisy family destroyes the perfect image and we end up where we started with a blank page.
Molly, 3 years, loves this story - she studies the images and tells me the story over and over again. I see this little story as a picture of Wiinblad himself - creating a perfect and harmonous universe, but always well aware of another reality just beside it.
The girls have been so lucky to test some wonderful knitwear from a new Finnish knitwear brand, Nieva Knitwear. We have so been loving these quality knitwears – soft, simple, comfortable and very, very beautiful. We are giving a pair of these super soft alpaca baby socks away over at my instagram profile right now. Please pop over to enter!
I thought, I would use the extra space a blog post allows to tell a bit more about Nieva and the Cloudberry Baby Socks. The woman and mother behind Nieva Knitwear is Aino Korhonen. She has a MA in fashion design from Aalto University of Arts and Design and has specialized in knitwear. The idea to Nieva came while Aino and her family were living in Spain. Nieva means 'snowing' in Spanish, and the name seems just perfect for this delicate, fine and lightweight knitwear. With Nieva Aino combines three of my favourites when it comes to children's clothing – comfort, functionality and beauty. It's all so thoughtfully done, and at the same time aesthetic and understated. Simple is good.
Molly has been loving her Snowdrop Sweater in Tyrian Rose along with her Midwinter pants, and Frida Viola's favourite is the reversible Woodpecker Vest. Both of the girls have very sensitive skin and they are very picky when it comes to wool, but the Nieva qualities are so soft that they can be carried right next to the skin without complains from the wee ones.
The Cloudberry Baby Socks that we are giving away date back to the 1940's when Finland was in war with the Soviet Union. A woman named Kerttu Kylmänen was fleeing from the war with her tiny 2-months-old daughter Tuula by train. The train tracks were destroyed by bombings, and Kerttu and Tuula had to wait several hours in the wagon. A lady opposite to them was worried about the little one getting too cold. She was a retired handicrafts teacher and undid some yarn of her own cardigan to knit a pair of socks for Tuula, while waiting for the tracks to be fixed.
The "train socks" have been loved by generations of Finnish mothers and babies. Nieva's Cloudberry socks are handknitted in Finland. They stay well on little feet because of the special ribbing structure. The size fits baby for the first year, and the socks are perfect for the coming change of season.
Ohh, if only I had a baby… Pop over to my Instagram to enter this fine giveaway.
It seems as if nature is exaggerating everything around us - before autumn sets in. We pick berries, plums and apples and at this very moment, the fields are being harvested.