Saturday, December 28, 2013

Embracing the dark

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Wintertime is dark in the north.  Everything everywhere has a moody gray mantle.  I fight back sometimes, and knit things that are yellow, but mostly we just light candles and sort of embrace these twilight-y days and try not to see them as gloomy.  I turn to the experts, and become a devotee of all things hygge.  Actually, just saying “hygge” out loud makes me smile.  It’s the little things.  Check this out, you’ll wish you were snowed in. 

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There has been a great lot of snow.  Sometimes, big heaps of it suddenly crash down and slide off our metal roof, a mini avalanche, which sounds like something scary is trying to break in, and which makes everybody sit up all wide-eyed and say whatwasthat?  The dog jumps up and barks crazily at the noise, and I say shush, it’s okay.  Heart still pounding. 

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I sew nighties out of flannel.  Flannel is a balm.  Flannel nighties are a talisman against the cold and dark.  It is what I can do. 

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16 comments:

  1. Hygge my favorite word:)
    We have very boring weather here in Denmark, no snow, wet, rather warm weather, no sun. And as we are in the north there really is rather a lot of hours with no light.
    But that is where candles, tea, music, a good movie, good food, some baking and some knitting comes in to picture:)

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  2. Here in England it is very wet and stormy. I would love to see a little snow, but I have to say there is plenty of warm snuggly time with my crochet on my lap. the bigger the crochet gets the warmer I get. Happy New Year to you and long may we all continue crafting x

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  3. I love the winter, so I am completely a hygge person. :-)

    Sounds very cozy at your house. Enjoy!

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  4. I lost a boyfriend to Denmark once......he just couldn't resist the charms, the ridiculously good looks, the accent and the legs up to her armpits of my Danish pen-friend when she came to visit and off they went into the sunset together across the North Sea, never to be seen or heard of again. C'est la vie. I love that new thing you're knitting.....what is it?

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  5. I love this. Just love it. And hygge. I am inspired just reading this today and it's -35 Celsius right now so I need some hygge!

    - J

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  6. Hygge sounds wonderful, just right for this dark chilly time of year. I love the flannel nightie. Utter perfection.

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  7. I think it would be so festive and cozy to be snowed in. Here it is too warm and too sunny. I'd like a little Winter please.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  8. We call that 'gezellig' in Dutch, but only the Dutch can pronounce it... Hygge seems quite appropriate!

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  9. I could use a little hygge. It's 65 degrees and we are going to BBQ tonight for dinner. It's just wrong. I want a fire and hot cocoa, a snowy dusting, some rain, fog, anything.
    Your knitting looks lovely, as do your pictures. Maybe you could change your blog name to Hygge Things : )

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  10. We are majoring in stagnant air and fog according to the weather folk. I have not seen Mt. Hood in days. But I am enjoying hygge times with lots of candles burning and the electric fire on in my fireplace. Some friends showed me how to knit Continental style on Friday, and I am hoping my eyes and hands can master the technique this time so that I can knit more and faster...like Kristen....ahhh xx

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  11. А в Москве совсем нет снега. Ужас. Как я вам завидую! С Рождеством!

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  12. Lovely post! I am looking forward to some hygge-ish things this coming month. Thank you for sharing such a lovely concept and encouraging post. Just thinking about hygge makes me look forward to snowy days!

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  13. Thanks! Now I have a word to describe the moments when I am sitting in my chair by the fireplace with the candles flickering on the mantle and my crochet in my lap and snow gently falling outside... :)

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  14. I have to say that I am glad that I am not snowed in, we are not set up for it over here in England! Hope that you enjoy your snuggling time though! xx

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  15. So very different from our Summer sunshine! Stay warm!!

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  16. Just stumbled upon your gorgeous blog....so glad. xxx

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