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Still wonderful.

Five months after my last post, nordicwonderful bounces back online. Apologies to everyone (er, all six of you) who’ve been hankering for a dose of scandinavian appreciation over the winter. I’m very happy to be able to put my attention on all things nordic and wonderful again, and would just like to say ‘stay tuned’ for more posts coming soon. Now all I need to do is remember how to use wordpress… E x

one of my most favourite things in the kitchen

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Destination: Helsinki (Tales of a Globe Trotting Granny Square Blanket)

Porvoo in Summer, Finland

 

Hello everyone. Long-time-no-hear-from… yes I know. It’s been a bit Go Go Go here lately. Not all work, mind you. I’ve snatched a few hours here and there to check out some very interesting blogs by other people… more on that later. (By the way, the above pic is just to set the Nordic scene for this post… taken in Porvoo, Finland, and one of my favourite pics from one of my trips over to visit my sister.)

But now, the long overdue story of the Granny Square Rug that I was crocheting way back in … er, 2010, for my gorgeous little 2-year-old niece. Just to update: I only learned to crochet last year and I’ve become addicted. The Attic24 blog has been a huge inspiration (the link is over to the left there).

Back to the rug. To be honest, there’s not much to tell but I do have some photos that I’m very proud to post. The last pic was taken on my living room floor, before it was all sewn together. (Insert link back to previous blog at a future date when I’m more blog savvy.)

Almost there... Granny Square Rug almost finished

And then there was the edging to do (thanks to Attic 24 for the pattern)…

Granny Blanket edging starting to hold it all together!

And the final round of edging… (I guess this is mostly for Crochet Fans, but hang if you hang in there, you’ll see the Nordic bit is coming)

Pink scallop bit on the Granny Blanket

Finished edging… yay!

The finished edge!

Hurrah! The completed Granny Square Blanket

And now for the best part… the GS blanket in use by its little cutie-pie owner.

Little S on her blanket

Happy and satisfied creator; active new owner

OK, so what about all the Nordicness that you’ve come to this blog to see? Well, firstly I can tell you that the above Granny Square Blanket now resides in Helsinki, Finland. Here’s where I’m talking about:

Helsinki, Finland, Winter

Brrrr. That’s all I can say. If you want the local weather report, check out the Helsingin Sanomat (I just love those words for some strange reason).

As I mentioned above, I’ve been lucky enough to check out some very interesting blogs in the last week or so and one of my favourites is retropottery.net What caught my eye was the very folksy 12-piece Figgjo dinner set from Norway. So Scandinavian! So folksy! Take a browse on this site for other Scandinavian pottery… there’s a lot there, from Arabia (Finland) to Rorstrand (Sweden). Scrumptious.

That’s all for now… more to come soon, and this time I won’t leave it so long. E

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Finnish winter footsteps

This little post is what I’ve just decided to call a Top Up post. It’s the post you … er, post, when you’re flat out busy with life but you need to keep your faithful followers sustained with an essential dose of life-giving Scandinavianness. Nordicly Wonderful things might not be the elixir of life, but they certainly come close.

So, dear followers (yes, all three of you at the moment, but it’s early days) may I present one of my favourite photos EVER, taken a few winters past, in Finland, by my talented sister M. Here it is:

Divine snowiness in Finland

How. About. That.

Can you see the footprints? What a beauty.

Righto, well I’m flat out, so I have to leave this alone for the moment. I’ve got so much that I want to blog about, too… my crochet, my new bike, and all the fantastic and inspiring Nordic Blogs that I’ve been discovering lately. I can’t read most of them, but WOW are they great to look at.

Until next time, hang in there and listen to some ABBA if you’re Nordicly starved. It always works for me. (Can you hear the drums Fernando?…) xx

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Scandinavian-inspired cosiness

As you know, I’ve been bursting with blog ideas for a few weeks, so I have to track back a bit now and fill you in on what I’ve been up to. Crochet has been big in my world. After discovering the Wonderful ‘Attic24’ blog by Lucy, I’ve been soooo inspired to crochet that I decided to make a rug to give my 2-year-old niece for Christmas. Said rug has now been successfully delivered (pics of that exciting moment to come!) but I was documenting the whole thing along the way, and here are a few work-in-progress pics… (oh and if you’re wondering what crochet has to do with Scandinavia, I tend to think that Cosiness=Winter in Somewhere Cold. Like Finland, Norway, Denmark or Sweden. And crochet definitely = cosiness. So there you go!)

One of mum's old coffee mugs plus the Granny Square Blanket before it was all sewn up

Also, while I was in Crochet Land, we happened to have a particularly exciting storm in the neighbourhood. I love storms. Especially those wild electrical ones. Of course, I wouldn’t want to be on the wrong end of a bolt of lightning, but they definitely add a bit of high action to the day.

Just one of the local storms we have at this time of year

The rain was incredibly pounding, but when the sun came out afterwards, it was magic.

Storm in full swing

Absolutely perfect weather for a bit of crochet

And the sun breaks through the cloud and the world rejoices!

Look at my gorgeous aloe vera, it is just LOVING the sunshine!

That’s all for now. I have one or two more post-storm pics that I’d love to share with you, but boyfriend O just arrived home with hot chicken dinner so they’ll have to wait until next time! See you then! x

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Hello and Welcome to my little Scandinavian-inspired blog.

Phew. What a relief it is to get this blog up and running. I seem to have developed a nasty case of Blog Backlog over the past few weeks. Ever since I decided to start a blog, my head has been bursting with blogacious ideas. Loads of them. Luckily I have a trusty notebook and I’ve been writing ideas down… but nothing’s quite the same as The Real Blog.

(I’m going to continue this entry, but right now I have to have breakfast.)

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