Knitting + social media =#Taskuneuloosi (pocket knitting)

Two weeks ago I attended a special event called #Taskuneuloosi in Finnish, roughly translated as “pocket knitting”. “Pocket” means that you can take it with you anywhere, while “neuloosi” is a new Finnish word which in my understanding, indicates being in a “flow, happy, enjoyable, even bit addicted” status of knitting.
(I found the definition from here, in Finnish) My Finnish friends, please correct me if I understood wrongly. ;-)

#Taskuneuloosi as an event concept has been organised for 5 times including the one I attended. The event provides an occasion where people who loves to knit can meet each other, face to face, sharing their works, at the same time learning something new about social media. How cool it is! While this blog is about design, innovative, creative products from Finland, #Taskuneuloosi to me is like an innovative “concept”, which should be spread all over around Finland, even across the borders.


This time the topic in #Taskuneuloosi is blogging. There were about 20 bloggers/knitters gathering together at Finland’s first, and by far the only Knit Cafe – Lentävä Lapanen (eng. Flying Mitten). Atmosphere was warm and welcoming, led by two entrepreneurs in Finnish social media field:Pauliina Mäkelä from Kinda Oy and Marja Nousiainen from Viestintä Oy Tulevaisuus.


During the event we shared our experience on blogging, discussing different aspects such as:

How to start blogging?
What to write on blog?
Good photos on blog, how?
Blogging is interesting, but no time to do it?
Blog marketing, article length, how to attract more comments, how to share blog contents in other social media platforms. Who are your readers? writing blog for yourself as a diary, or writing for certain target group/readers?

We also heard many interesting stories about blogging, got great links and recommendations on blogs and facebook blogging-related groups. All in all very relax yet informative.


Although I have been blogging for over 10 years, it’s still very interesting to hear different views on blogging, which made me able to jump out of my own “experience” to see things from different angles..

To me I can never have enough from blogging. Although the starting point of my blog was to write about my own life and observation in Finland, however throughout the years blogging has brought me much more surprises than I’ve ever expected. Blogging has led me to publish my first book, then the second, then the third is coming this year.


Blogging has also created many interesting contacts for me and for people around me, including attracting Taiwanese TV -program to interview a retiring, respected liberian in Seinäjoki and got a log house in Alajärvi sold to Taiwan.

The most important of all, blogging connects people with similar interests. By blogging we became friends, and support to each other. For me the online community has always been as “real” as daily contacts at work or at school. Honestly I don’t have much negative experience in blogging, instead, blogging has been an important way to open my world!

This time, the #taskuneuloosi as a social media’s live event again connected people!


I was happy to meet Pauliina/Kinda Oy again whom I haven’t seen for 5 years. I also finally got chance to meet Marja/Viestintä Oy Tulevaisuus, after exchanging a few emails for reporting the Hyvä Kasvaa Järvenpäässä -asukasliike for Taiwanese magazine Shopping Design last autumn.

It was also intriguing for me to hear that Marjaana has started her blog Villasukkavuosi for recording knitting works she would make during one year. How interesting! I can’t help start imaging, if it were me who started a blog to record my knitting works, in my snail-like speed I might only have 3 posts on my blog in one year. ;-)


Then the blogger Auli who sat right next to me, happened to have a really interesting textile design project going on, on the theme of the artist community around Tuusula lake. Looking forward to see how it progresses! Here is Auli’s post on #taskuneuloosi

I also found that the blogger Rouva Sana was the same “Minna” I met a few months ago in my son’s kindergarten’s autumn meeting. Connections, one after another, brought people close to each other, or at least having more chance to get to know each other. That’s the beauty of blogging, social media, and of course, #taskuneuloosi.

All in all, a beautiful event, with a group of wonderful people, at a lovely Knit Cafe, and many inspiring talks. What else one needs to wish for a weekend?!


PS. For Chinese writing on this event, see here in my blog in Chinese.

Carrots-Gooseberry jam – 芬蘭紅蘿蔔鵝莓果醬

Carrots-Gooseberry jam, made in Finnish farm.

夏天時在市集看到,忍不住買一罐回來品嘗,非常地天然又好吃,我喜歡這樣的果醬,天然的味道,不會太甜,也沒有加一堆奇怪的香精,這就芬蘭在地的味道,簡單純粹的紅蘿蔔和鵝莓味! 農場的主人甚至說,有中國人在向她打聽,想把果醬大批賣到中國去呢! 大家會對這果醬有興趣嗎?


Fiskars – Herb garden 冬日藥草花園燈

Lately I kept running into products that give light for plants and herbs during Finnish autumn and winter. I guess this is something people really need, at least Ii do! Here is one of them: Fiskars Herb Garden.

芬蘭正式進入十一月的黑暗季,久久不見日光也是常事,難怪現在市面上好多這樣的產品,因為真的很需要啊! 下圖是Iittala出的Herb Garden。

Local handcraft – birch bark basket

In another post I introduced the lovely modern birch bark basket designed by VersoDesign for Iittala. Here are birch bark baskets from local handcraft market. Both are beautiful, which style you like more?


Baskets designed and made by Finnish local craftwoman.

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Versodesign for Iittala – modern birch bark basket 現代白樺樹皮籃

One of my favorite product from VersoDesign. This basket was a co-operation result with Iittala. Other than this they also have a whole new product line coming out this autumn which combines the felt and Finnish traditional birch bark basket in a modern way, including bread basket, herb basket, mushroom basket (my favorite!)… etc.

幾週前在Iittala Outlet以近乎半價的特價買回家的置物籃,很喜歡,現在成了小孩每天進門時,可以把放手套圍巾帽子放進去的「家」。難得下手買設計品,買回家就發覺,一個溫馨好用的小設計,除了讓家裡多一份整齊,也真的讓人多一份好心情。

Moomin enamel mug by Muurla 姆米小朋友琺瑯杯

Moomin enamel mug, by Muurla. You can find it easily from many supermarket. Lovely gift for kids.

這幾天好像不小心po的照片全都與姆米相關,嗯,我真的不是故意的,大概因為最近服裝品牌在主打姆米系列,超市裡的姆米琺瑯杯也正好在折扣,因緣巧合下姆米就一直出現… 這琺瑯杯,真的很適合買給小朋友當禮物,芬蘭很多超市都找得到,算是平價好用的日常生活設計喔!


Moomin enamel mug, by Muurla. You can find it easily from many supermarket. Lovely gift for kids. #design #Finland #moomin #muurla

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IVANAHELSINKI- Moomin clip purse 姆米小錢包

I was just thinking that IVANAHELSINKI’s new moomin collection is beautiful, but would probably be a bit expensive for me. Now I saw this, wow, this is cute, hmm, maybe this would be affordable for me? ;-)


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Moomin clip purses by Ivana Helsinki @ Tokyo fashion week! @moominofficial #IvanaHelsinki #Paolasuhonen #Moomin #Tokyo #Fashionweek

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SUKLAATILA – Finnish hand-made chocolates 芬蘭手工巧克力

SUKLAATILA – literally translated as “chocolate space”, is a Finnish hand-made chocolate brand from countryside. For me, their most interesting products are those chocolates that contains Finnish local dried berries or herbs. The one I bought to try is dark chocolate with quite a few whole dried blackcurrant. Really tasty!


常在各地手工或農夫市集上,遇見這間來自芬蘭鄉間的巧克力品牌: Suklaatila。經營了四個世代的巧克力品牌,將芬蘭莓果與香草加入巧克力中,就讓巧克力擁有一份具有北國氣息的天然風味。這次我買了試吃的是加了一些整顆黑醋粟乾的黑巧克力,真的很美味!


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Welcome to contact me if you want to buy this chocolates!


Live Hard Live Your Dream Collection -Kalevala 芬蘭首飾品牌新系列

Kalevala, a traditional jewelry brand from Finland.
Doodsonit, a international well-known stunt group from Finland.

Here is the new collection of the partnership: Live Hard Live Your Dream.

常以芬蘭傳統史詩或歷史故事為靈感題材的芬蘭首飾品牌卡雷瓦拉Kalevala,今秋與芬蘭揚名國際的特技表演團體Doodsonit合作,推出新系列,就名為Live Hard Live Your Dream. 圖片如下,全系列市面售價為550歐元。

New Collection of Kalevala Jewel

New Collection of Kalevala Jewel

Photo credit: Kalevala Jewel
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This is a demo store for testing purposes — no orders shall be fulfilled.