Happy New Year

This is the current progress on Sophie’s Universe. It was a crochet a long (CAL) which I missed last year.

I am such a newbie to crochet. I went in to this project knowing trebles, doubles, half double, singles, and knowing how to do increases and decreases in doubles thanks to a wave blanket. This has been a huge learning curve!

A wonderful learning curve!

My word for 2016 thanks to “Unravelling the Year 2016” is STIMULATING! This project is certainly that! I’m managing so far thanks to the photo tutorials and videos. I may not get to the very end, but I will go as far as I can.

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So here I am today with parts 1-7 completed and the yarn for part 8 lined up ready for today’s adventure.


Aino Mittens blog

These mittens were originally made by Aino Sibelius the wife of the Finnish composer who wrote Finlandia. The kit, sold online by the Flying Mitten in Jarvenpaa, was a Christmas present. They were my very final make of 2015. I decided to work on them when it was dark, after reading that Aino would go to a friends house to meet with other ladies at night to read, sew or knit. So these are my Moonlight Aino Mittens. The pattern is gorgeous and a real joy to make.


Posted in Crafts, Crochet, Knitting by with 9 comments.


  • Love your mittens! Mittens were my first knitting project when I was in 7th grade I finished them. Haven’t made another pair since.

  • Ulla says:

    How lovely, a real blog post from you! Wonderful progress with the crochet, a big step every day. You have some 3D details there too. The mittens are lovely, thank you for you help with the wrapping text translations last winter.

  • Lynn says:

    I think by the time you’ work your way through this amazing piece you will no longer be a newbie. Such an amazing pattern ! Ooooh lovely warm mittens!

  • Dear Melanie,
    what a beautiful crochet project, lots of new patterns, I have never seen before. Lovely work.

  • Deb says:

    Hiya hun. Now your mittens- are they open at the end so the equivalent of fingerless ones? They are lovely. Also all of your dog coats that you made, have you got a pattern which would fit George our golden lab? Remember he’s quite solid.
    I love the photo with Arthur and lyla slotted into the family row. They all look so cute together. Last year you were non stop with all of your makings so remember to slow down a bit this year BUT I have a feeling that with your want-list it might be a tall order-lol.xx

  • Fiona says:

    I love your happy blocks…. and thanks for your visit to my blog…

  • Tracy says:

    Oooooo… this is sooo pretty, Melanie! And such fun to see all the progress photos of the rounds added, the whole thing growing! Can very much see how this one is a big challenge–and a great compliment for your word for the year! That is a great word–such good energy! 🙂 Look forward to seeing more of Sophie… And those mittens are BEAUTIFUL!! Love the old-fashioned look of those… And sweet of ladies long ago meeting of an evening–the original knit & natters! 😉 Hope your new word and new year take you on some great adventures!! ((HUGS))

  • Anne Marie says:

    Wow you have been super busy Melanie.. I love your new bag!! Yes I love those fabric too and Janet Clare are just about to reveal a new fabric Line any time no but I do not think I will find them in any shop in Norway so I might order them online..
    I am working on some UFO´s : My Merry Merry Snowman quilt and A Mystery Quilt of 2014 Fatquartershop.. The borders are on them both today. I am doing the happy dance because I am so tired of thinking of finishing them. I just have to make the backings for them both.. Take care and have lots of fun Melanie…….

  • Josie says:

    Hi Melanie…. love..love.. love your progress on Sohpies Universe! It’s absolutely amazing.
    I like your style… knowing you were a newbie to crochet and diving in anyway. You’ll be an expert by the time you’ve finished the project. Gorgeous mittens too. They look so soft and cosy. Just right for the big freeze this weekend! Glad you’re back in blogland… see you again soon. xxx