Holiday Trip for My Wish List

I was recently reading Piecework magazine and particularly enjoyed an article about the Sami people of Sweden. I will die a happy knitter if I am able to travel to the winter market one day and see the reindeer caravan up close and personal. The Jokkmokk Winter Market looks like every crafter’s dream with a winter wonderland surrounding it. Then there is the reindeer caravan itself, led by people wearing their traditional hand-knitted outerwear. Their traditional clothing is so bright and colorful, and perfect against the backdrop of white snow.

The author of the Piecework article mentioned there is not alot of information and material about this out there, but I had fun browsing what I found, and I hope you will too! The market is not open until February, but I had fun reading about it and browsing the photos while in the midst of my Christmas preparations.

Wild Fibers

There is a good reason besides the obvious why those of us who work in the yarn industry take great pride in our work. If you craft with natural fibers, there is no faking the process. You can’t mass-produce animals or fleece. It is one of those few processes left in the world that is still heavily tied to tradition and custom – in the best possible way. I have always enjoyed reading Piecework, which does an excellent job of researching and presenting traditional techniques. But I just found this magazine, which I am adding to my Christmas wish list. Aside from the fact I can now live vicariously through these world travellers, I think it’s wonderful to get firsthand knowledge of where the animals are raised, as well as the culture, traditions, and lifestyle of the people who raise them.