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November 2019



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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:


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.