My name is Amoena and I write this blog together with my boyfriend. We live together in Espoo, Finland with our miniature pinschers.
I'm originally from Viiala, but I moved to Helsinki when I was 15 years old. I lived together with my aunt for three years while I was studying in Alppila high school. During my last year in high school I moved to Espoo.
After high school I studied dental hygiene for almost two years, but then I finally admitted to myself that it wasn't what I wanted to do for the rest of my life and quit my studies. After quitting the school I worked for a year in Hammasväline, which is also where I met J.R. We started dating in the spring 2008 and during the summer he already moved in with me. Now I'm studying Business Information Technology at Laurea university of applied sciences and I hopefully graduate within a year.
Knitting & crocheting
I learned how to knit and crochet when I was a kid, but it took a decade and some years before I really got myself into it.
It all started from amigurumis. I saw some cute amigurumis online and I wanted to learn how to crochet them too. To my surprise J.R. wanted to learn how to crochet, so we decided to learn together.
We crocheted amigurumis quite happily for months, but I noticed that J.R. had became more and more interested in knitting too. I wanted to encourage him to learn this new skill, so I gave him "Stitch ‘N Bitch - knitters handbook" and knitting needles for Christmas. Soon after he started to knit his first woolly socks.
I wasn't into knitting at first. For me knitting meant gigantic woolly socks and odd mittens I had to knit at school when I was a kid. But as I watched J.R. knitting, I suddenly wanted to start knitting too...
When I look back, I realize how much we have encouraged and inspired each other to knit and crochet. I'm sure that without each other this blog wouldn't exist and we wouldn't be knitting and crocheting as much as we do now, if at all. That's why we write this blog together as a yarn-loving couple.
I've been blogging since forever. Like seriously, I started blogging before it was cool, and before they were even called as "blogs" in Finland. I started blogging because I thought it was an easier way to write a diary and because I simply loved writing. For years I blogged almost daily, but nowadays I only blog when I have something to say.
Even though it's hard to tell, I'm actually really passionate about blogging. I love to read books and studies about business blogging and I think blog marketing and blog strategies are fascinating. For me blogging is just self-expressing, but I really appreciate the other aspect of blogging too.
Other hobbies & interests
Self-expressing is really important to me, so beside knitting and crocheting, I also play acoustic guitar and electric keyboard. I'm not musically talented, but that doesn't stop me!
We also have two dog and they need to be walked daily. I love to play games with them and to teach them new tricks.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions!
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