Sunday, July 12, 2009

new stars, garish birds, freak fish

I am back from holiday in Sweden. And some of it was pure yarn tourism.

In Smögen, crafty people exhibit and sell their art wares. I bought two skeins of ecological wool, hand spun, from a farm nearby. The pastures are salt meadows.
The lucky pattern for this soft fibre is Gudrun Johnstons´ Aestlight.

Next stop was Bohuslän Museum, that hosts an exhibition of Bohus Stickning. I watched a DVD 'Stickspåret' which told the story about the fabulous knitting adventure which originated from the financial crisis in 1929.
I bought a kit from the museum, a scarf, in the pattern, Gröna Ängen = The Green Meadow. The young man in the shop wished me good luck.
And he looked as if he knew, which challenge Bohus Knitting is. The patterns look as if they were created by designers who do not knit themselves.
It reminds me of an anecdote about Beethoven who had created a piece of music for the violin. The musician sent it back with a note saying the music was impossible to play and the composer replied:' that it was not his problem'.

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