I read an interesting article on the BBC website the other day. I confess that I might have been attracted to the piece in the first place by the photo of fairisle socks, even though they’re clearly not hand-knitted:-
The article explains that people from Denmark have a concept called hygge. It’s pronounced ‘hoo-ga’, just in case your Danish is getting shamefully rusty these days. (I know, you’ve been super-busy: you’ve had no time to brush up on Scandinavian languages.) Hygge roughly translates as ‘cosiness’, and is used to describe a home environment full of warm comfort, low lighting, and contented companionship. And it’s probably one of the reasons why Denmark is one of the happiest nations on earth. Danes emphasise hygge in a big way, wise people that they are. I’ve loved spending time in other Scandinavian countries (Norway and Finland, especially) but have never visited Denmark: this article just made me want to over-winter there.
Now I’m pretty certain that my nightly (unless I’m off out or we’ve got visitors) winter ritual of log fire + wine + creature comforts such as hand-knitted socks + KNITTING counts as hygge:-
That said, it’s quite a solitary pleasure, as I enjoy the quiet and the Stoic Spouse is busy elsewhere. I’m not sure whether you’re allowed to enjoy hygge on your own? I hope so. The near-silence is blissful. Just the quiet click-click of my needles and an occasional crackle from the fire. Oh, and the frequent “Mummeeeeeeee” from upstairs, as somebody decides that now really is the moment they want to ask me what the internet is, or request their fourth cup of water.
Oh, and I tell you whose home is rich in hygge: Selma at EclecticHomeAndLife. OK, she’s Norwegian not Danish, but that’s still Scandinavian. Her beautiful home is all about the hygge, even more so than she conveys in her blog.
Those Danes, though. I think they’re on to something.
For all my fellow northern-hemisphere-dwellers, as the days shorten and winter approaches, I hope you all manage to find elements of hygge in your lives. Maybe knitters and crocheters are predisposed to value these comforts.
(Meanwhile, now that the Stylecraft Blog Tour is almost over, I’m back on the big crochet house project and writing up the crochet house bag pattern. Almost there…)
Until next time, my friends. Happy knitting/hooking.