The sun rose at 1111 and set at 1318. The length of the day was 2 hours and 7 minutes.
On our daily walk we keep seeing the same flock of reindeer, there are 11 altogether and one of them has a bell under the chin - I love to hear the sound. Tina is used to them and just looks at what they are up to, but Ruusu would LOVE to chase them a bit. She will go as far as her leash will allow and usually when she makes the dash through the snow, she will set the flock on foot and she just loves this powerful feeling. Other than reindeer we very seldom see anything else but cars driving by.
(All the pictures here are from the book: Rahwaan puku Folk Costume. An Overview of the Folk Costume Collection of the National Museum of Finland. Ildikó Lehtinen, Pirkko Sihvo. Museovirasto, Helsinki 2005. These are pictures of everyday clothing, not pictures of national costumes, but national costumes are based on these folk costumes.)
I never really cared for national costumes when I was young and I did not think that I would love to have one, although I have always known that special skills are needed for the making. Then I got the loom and started to pay attention to the woollen skirts and their striping and thought that I would need to learn to weave those fabrics. Since then I have studied more and more the clever construction of the various vests and jackets. I am not sure where I would wear a national costume as a whole, but I would love to wear various parts as every day clothing. And most of all, I would love to have the skills to be able to make one.
In some of the costumes the pants (or knickerbockers) men are wearing can be made with leather, I tried to find a translation to this type of soft leather, we call it "säämiskä" and I believe it is Sämich in German and Chamois in French. I could not find a dress for Kangasniemi, but Jyväskylä is fairly close and their dress looks like this.
I just love these fabrics in these two pictures.
For the whole day I have been thinking that it is Monday, and that there are many days left... and then I looked at the date and started counting, if today is 20th it cannot be Monday... Oh my, Wednesday tomorrow already!!
Wool with you,