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Notice & Diamond

Back from an unplanned hiatus, thanks to three rascal kittens suddenly becoming potent and also needing all kinds of extra care, and the two-legged family members sharing a nice bout of gastric flu. I can't recommend combinging both, it's a tad exhausting. Ahem.

I'm also going back to filling the prompts with pictures from our Northland trip this summer.


The farthest east we've been was at the Russian border on the Norwegian coast. We went to a small, beautiful bay there, difficult to reach by way of a 10km gravel track with more potholes than actual gravel, and the potholes being of the kind you can hide small children in. Part of the road went alongside a river which is the border there, and everywhere there were towers, cameras, and these signs, explainig everything you mustn't do.


We've visited any available Sámi museum as I'm fascinated by the culture. The Sámi are renowned, among others, for their handcrafts, and among these also for their colourful needlework of knitting and ribbon weaving. Variations of diamond patters are quite frequent, like at this ribbon in the museum of Alta/Norway (I think), or the mittens in the Síida museum in Inari/Finland:


I would certainly stop and read every bit of that notice!
We did, as we wanted to make sure, of course, not to do anything that was forbidden; we actually stopped there just for this purpose.
I'm in love with those handcrafts. Such beautiful work!

I'd be a bit nervous being so close to the Russian border. You're far braver than I.

- Erulisse (one L)
We saw a lot more handicrafts in all the museums, and they were all really beautiful!
But there wasn't any reason to be nervous in the frontier area; we didn't intend to cross the border illegally, photograph military equipment, or to fish in the river (which is just allowed people living in the area for at least 10 years). It's just a frontier like any other, although for me as European for once a heavily protected one, which is unfamiliar. I suppose it would've been different when it was still the USSR, but on the other hand the road there was a perfectly legal road to get to a touristy spot.
That was an interesting diversion from the more trite versions of diamond. I am interested by the mittens. My grandmother was Danish, and my Australian mother was very skilled at this type of knitting. I don't know if it was in the genes, or if she learnt it at her mother's knee. Grandma never stopped knitting, even when she went to the movies. Whilst I share their skill, I don't enjoy it, and only knit from necessity.
I love knitting, although I don't do it as much as I'd like to due to lack of time - we don't watch much TV, and even then knitting has become difficult since presbyopia set in. *g* I used to be able to knit without looking, too, and knit all the time during lectures at uni, but I've lost that ability, too.
I've learned it from my mother, but was ambitious enough to teach me knitting complicated patterns and two-colour knitting myself, as I wanted to do them. It's not really difficult once you've mastered the ability of having two different threads on your hand or hands at the same time, you just need more patience to deal with the continually intertwining balls of thread. *g* I don't do colour patterns often, though, because I hate darning in the thread with a passion.
That notice is certainly intimidating. And thorough. Fascinating.

The woven ribbon is really intricate, isn't it. And the mittens are very cute, especially the ones with the name of the owner knitted into the pattern.
I enjoyed seeing all these mittens and ribbons on display in the various museums so much. The Samí costumes are all really colourful, and it's amazing how much work went into making all the details for them.
That folk art is amazing and I love the sign also!
Thank you! :D
I love the crafts!
They're lovey, aren't they?
That is a noteworthy sign!
It is, isn't it?
The Sámi crafts are very interesting - do you know why the mittens seem to have words or dates worked in?

Weirdly I had never really thought about there being a Russian/Norwegian border.
I'm afraid I don't, and I didn't also find info by googling so far. I remember one of my favourite teenage books about a Norwegian girl who earned money to go to school through knitting, and putting in the names on mittens was a means to personalise them. She wasn't a Sámi girl, so I don't know if this relates, but it makes sense to me particularly considering that Sámi traditionally mostly live nomadic. I can imagine all kinds of situations where larger groups of people would be in one place, and likely discard their mittens for some reason or another, and afterwards find it easier to find their own pair with the name on it. But that's really just an assumption on my part. I yet have to finish my holiday pics; I put that on hold when the kittens moved in, and, now, with writing NaNo, but I photographed lots of museum plates for later and detailed info I yet have to go through, perhaps I'll find something there.