Saturday, September 20, 2014

Just Visited My 100 Year Old Aunt and Her Bear In Finland!

Hello friends!

It's been a while since I've updated  Amigurumi To Go but it's with good reason because I left Canada and went to Finland! I just returned home on the 17th and I have been fighting a bad case of jet lag. The 10 hour time difference takes a few days to adjust to but I'm happy to say that last night I managed to sleep through for the first time in 3 days, wahoo! I'm feeling more normal today :)

In a week or so I will make up a post with pictures and talk more of my trip. I will be putting that post on my other blog. I'll give you all the heads up when it's ready.
And today I thought I'd just share a bit about the reason I went and also pass on a
free pattern for that bear you see...

The picture above is my Great Aunt Katri, she is my grandfather's sister and my father's aunt. She is the reason I went to Finland. She asked me to come to see her now because she will be 101 years old in December of this year and she said her time here on earth will end soon. However, she still lives on her own, taking care of herself and she even gardens still. Her voice is SO strong and she laughs a lot. She is full of good humor! I see now where my father gets it all from. Nobody knows when their time is up and after my visit there I wouldn't be surprised if she lives on for years to come! But I am so thankful and feel so honored that I was able to spend time with her. I love you Aunty Katri!
my daughter Gracie made Katri this drawing.  My aunt cried when she saw it, and I heard now she will frame it and hang it on her wall. So sweet!

That bear she is sitting with in the first picture above is the one I made her a couple years ago. At the time I made the bear I never thought that one day I would walk into her home and see it there sitting in her living room. After all Finland is so far from home!

But what a fun for me to see her hold it in person! I remember the day I tucked it inside a box and sent it off to her. I was so excited and she had no idea it was coming, haha and when it arrived it made her so very happy!

I also made the little pouch with the tiny bear inside. From his toes to the top of his ears he is 2 inches tall. I never did get a pattern made up for him. He was one of my firsts that I made so small with thread. I originally made him for the dollhouse but I decided that his purpose was to make my Aunty smile instead. Mission accomplished and well done Little Bear :)

Maybe one day I'll get another one made with a pattern to share. The big bear I made using a pattern I found online. I held a foxy yarn and a worsted weight yarn together and made some minor adjustments. I also made the foot pads with a very soft yarn but I can't remember now what it was. You can see more of the big bear and get the link to the free pattern here on my facebook page (look in the first comment under the album there)

Ok,, that's it for now. I will take a couple more days to rest and hang out with my kids. They stayed here in Canada with my parents when I left so we have some more catching up to do and stories to tell each other. It feels so good to be home again :)

See you soon!


  1. I love seeing your great aunt and hearing about how happy and strong she is. Surely all that positivity helps keep her young and healthy. Still, glad you got to spend some special time with her. What an honor.

    1. it was an honor..
      the timing was perfect for both my families here in Canada and there in Finland. It was meant to be and I was there at the right time. I'll never forget it!
      It's just awesome :)

  2. Thank you. For sharing your beautiful Auntie with all of your students or fans. What a beautiful woman, I mean that. I can see how the gene has been passed onto you. She doesn't even look 60 and from the sound of it she is mentally a young woman. I didn't realize you lived in Canada too. I live in Ontario in a lovely community near Midland ON. I am 80 but not as fortunate as your Auntie. I can still use my hands to knit and crochet. I can also do crewel embroidery, plus ordinary embroidery. I am very content but I do miss being able to use my sewing room which my husband had built for me. I miss doing my fabric art and sewing for the family but I feel lucky to have my wonderful son as my caregiver. My other son lives in Barrie but comes up on week ends to visit and help around the house. At the moment I just crochet Amigurumi, I can hardly wait to get going on it everyday. Thank you so much for everything you do. You are an angel.

    1. Hi Dorothy!

      Thank you so much for the kind words, I appreciate it very much.

      Yes, I was born in Kapuskasing Ontario and then moved here to BC when I was 4 yrs old and have remained here ever since.
      It was amazing to visit my roots in Finland and see all the family history there. My aunt is the last remaining closest relation I have so I am blessed to have been able to spend time with her.
      I do have bunches of cousins ranging from very old to very young there. Most of the young ones speak English now since Finland teaches all students English as a 2nd language starting in primary. I was amazed by that! And many of the radio stations play English music, lol It was nice to hear as I traveled about.

      Crewel embroidery is beautiful. Hats off to you for doing that. I want to try it sometime in the future. I seen some instructional videos on youtube so maybe that will be my next venture in crafting. I want to make my daughter some keepsakes for when she's older.

      I'm so happy to hear that you still enjoy knit, crochet and embroidery. I think having at least one thing we can look forward to doing and making with our own hands is so important for our health and happiness and you still do a variety of things so this is very good. Keep up the good work!

      Thank you for the lovely message, I enjoyed it very much.
      Talk soon!

      Sharon xo

  3. Ha tenido que ser un viaje muy emocionante . Seguro que siempre tendrás un maravilloso recuerdo.


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