I took a quick trip to Helsinki recently for a meeting and stayed a little longer to do a few "big city" things on my own. I went to two films that are unlikely to make it to Vaasa, did a little bit of shopping, and checked out the new Marimekko exhibit at the Helsinki Design Museum. The exhibit was good - especially for those interested in fashion. You really can't go wrong by hanging huge pieces of gorgeous fabric on the second floor of this 1894 school building!
I bought this piece of "Napakettu" designed by Aino-Maija Metsola at the Marimekko factory store. Right now it's pinned to the quilt hanging above my couch. I'm thinking of quilting it and giving it a permanent home there...
There was also Marimekko to be found in my hotel (as hallway art and breakfast dishes). You can see that it was snowing all day on Saturday from this photo of the Hakaniemi market hall. There was a trumpeter outside who broke into a Christmas carol every once in a while! I enjoyed his sense of humor, but I'm not sure everyone did!
I also bought a little yarn - I was very restrained, just three skeins. One has already become a scarf!