Kammebornia Podcast 8/2019 Advent

Kammebornia Podcast 8/2019 Advent


November turns into December and the Advent time is here During holiday season, people are more traditional than otherwise, traditions become important I think this is because through the traditions, all of us here and now, get connected with all the people that were here before us, and all the people coming after us. We also anchor ourselves in the reality. It is about letting things be important, to give things weight Through the traditions we can show that we are here and we are important and we take things seriously I love traditions that we create together and carry with us because we want to Some traditions can be like a burden and even give us anxiety. Those traditions are not good! Let’s drop them and create new ones! I think you know if your traditions are good for you or not. If they are good, they will feel joyful and you will long for them. You will look forward to them with great expectations. If you do not like your traditions, maybe you can turn them into something else, that you will like? I think we need some kind of traditions They become a frame around the painting that is our life In Sweden, we light a new candle every Sunday during Advent. We also hang up stars in our windows Many think we have done this during a very long time, but in this context, these are new traditions, that started about 100 years ago. At the end of the 19th Century, 7 new candles were lit every Advent Sunday, in a Christmas tree in Stockholm. 7 candles, one for each day in the week That tree is said to be the first Advent candle stick The Advent calendars and the stars are traditions brought to us from Germany Earlier, the were not so many festivities during Advent, it was a much more peaceful time, waiting for Christmas Maybe it is the secularization that has made the Advent time more hectic and stressful and also festive as Christmas no longer always is about what it was about from the beginning? To me, the Advent time is much about anticipation and preparations for Christmas I like to clean the house, decorate and light candles. Do some baking. Then, when Christmas is here, I want to celebrate for a long time. I do not understand why so many people are tired of Christmas at New Year’s Eve that they want to throw all the Christmas decorations away and take the star down, even before the Three Wise Men have arrived I want to have Christmas for a long time and often, I feel like a UFO in this world It is like a carousel that is spinning faster and faster and it can be hard not to loose the grip and fall off I do not even want to go up on the carousel all the time, it can be better to stay on the ground than to go for the ride and get speed blinded or even fall off I like slowly and calmly, having coffee by the fire and light a candle Hello! A warm welcome to episode 8/2019 of the Kammebornia podcast. Advent is here and I want to light the first candle together with you When my children were small, it was really important who got to light the first candle We lit the candles every day but it was most important to light the first candle, the first time It was not always easy to be a parent and see to that everyone felt seen and that all was fair At the same time, I think it is so nice that something so “simple” as lighting a candle, can be so important to a child So I did my best to make them all satisfied I want everyone to be included, and now I am including you in this ceremony I really love this candle stick, with Staffan the stable boy It is said that Staffan (important in Swedish Christmas traditions, songs etc) is the same as St Stephen/St Stefan St Stephen was the stable boy of Herod He discovered the Betlehem star, knew that a king was born and told Herod about it Herod was angry and he killed Stephen and then, as most of us know, he did more reallybad things St Stephen was stoned, they threw stones at him until he died Herod was afraid of the new king as he wanted to be the only king Here Stephen is carrying the star and he comes with the horses We have many traditional songs about St Stephen in Sweden Here he is leading the way with light in the darkness I usually bake my first gingerbread cookies for the first Sunday during Advent I have not managed to do that this year and it is all right too, we can only do our best But I could not wait to bake the saffron buns, as I have a husband who loves them Dennis often says that the best thing about Gotland is that you can eat saffron buns all year around here We use more saffron here on Gotland than on the mainland Saffron is golden yellow, it both tasted good and looks good In Sweden we bake our saffron buns in December, mostly around the Sankta Lucia festivities( December 13) We make them in traditional forms I have made different ones here that I want to show you This is the one I mostly make, it is called julgalt (Christmas Boar) They are all called lussebullar (lusse buns, lusse is short for Lucia) This is called Prästens hår (the hair of the priest) I guess it is supposed to look like the curly wigs prominent men used to wear This one is called the baby, it is supposed to look like a wrapped up baby Bread have often been used symbolic and this form could be used as a fertility symbol This is julkorset, the Christmas cross, also called julvagnen, the Christmas wagon Most of the forms are very old spiral forms used all the way back during the Bronze age Old traditions are weaving into new ones I usually make “ordinary” or extraordinary buns, filled with extra butter and almond paste They are especially yummy! I wish I could treat you to some saffron buns, lusse buns! There are different stories that explain the name lusse buns or lusse bread Lusse is short for Lucia and I believe in the explanation that says it means Lucia bread, Lusse bread There is another story that says that people used to put saffron in the bread to make it light, golden and shiny to scare away the darkness and the devil, Lucifer So the golden light of the saffron would scare away Lucifer and Lusse could mean Lucifer But I believe in Lusse as Lucia and Lusse bread is Lucia bread But I find it interesting and fascinating with all the old stories To know about the past anchors us in the present Thanksgiving has recently been celebrated in the US I love the thing about being thankful, grateful for what we have got To be satisfied in today’s society is kind of a rebellious act, it is a resistance movement We are supposed to not be satisfied or grateful, because we are supposed to shop more and consume more So if we are satisfied and do not wish for more all the time, it becomes a revolutionary act It is like we are supposed to be in a hurry all the time too and I often wonder why? What is the hurry? Are we on our way from something or to something? From ourselves perhaps? What is the hurry all about? I reflect upon this during Advent time Many people talk about that Christmas is being celebrated too early and so on I want everyone to do as they feel is the best way for them. I love all the preparations for Christmas. But the celebration, the festivities start with Christmas. Advent is for me more about anticipation and preparation. Something worth celebrating, if you ask me, is thankfulness. So, if you want to celebrate before Christmas, celebrate thankfulness! We do not have the Thanksgiving tradition in Sweden in the same way as in other places There is a Thanksgiving date in our calendars earlier during the autumn but most people do not even know about it. It is kind of ironic that we know more about the US Thanksgiving traditions than of our own and even more about the Friday after Thanksgiving, that is all about the opposite, the Christmas shopping I try to focus more on thankfulness and to cherish all the things I have got And of course it is nice and fun with new things sometimes! When buying new stuff, it is lovely to enjoy it and not feel bad about it. It is easier if I have reflected upon what I need and how much. I will show you some things that I am consuming, that I can’t stop shopping… Mostly it is old stuff, it is also more sustainable than new stuff As you can see, I can relate to the thing when it gets maybe too much I have for example, very many potholders, you might wonder if I need so many potholders… These are all bought second hand and they are crocheted by hand I buy one here and one there, in different thrift shops I find them fantastic and beautiful and if you ask me… I will say that I need them all I use them in different ways, for decoration and cosiness in the kitchen for example I also use them as props in pictures, as I am a photographer I also feel like I have to rescue them. I am not sure from what, but it is how it feels There is so much old textile handicraft that is disappearing So this is a treasure of mine I cherish my collection and I like to show it to you This is my favourite one for Christmas I know a woman who also collects old potholders and she dress old arm chairs in the potholders, so she sews them onto the chairs by hand The arm chairs look fantastic, like if Pippi Longstocking would own them I have also seen other ways of recycling them I guess I am not the only one on the look out for these pieces of art They are usually very cheep I keep mine in a cupboard and I use them as I said, as decoration and props Another way to be grateful, is to cherish and take care of the things we have got Like for example mending and darning This is my small basket for darning stuff I keep it close, in my studio so that I can use it whenever I need to, when a pair of socks needs darning Dennis wears his socks out in no time and it is a problem to me if he does not tell me when the hole still is small It is harder if you wait to long and the hole has grown I like the feeling of darning socks I find it interesting that we wear out knitted garments so differently Why does a yarn pill on a garment on one person but not on another one? And why is a pair of socks durable on one person were as another one wears them out in no time? Do we walk in different ways or why is this? For several years, I have made different experiments to make socks more durable Ihave tried sockyarn with nylon, another way, if you want to use wool only, is to make sure the yarn is tightly spun, as for example Rauma gammelserien An old traditional trick, is to use your hair, and hold it together with your yarn as you knit I have done this, because I wanted to try and I also found it romantic to knit in my hair in Dennis’ socks I have also tried using an extra strong thread to go with the yarn I have tried to use a tighter gauge, with smaller needles Iguess I have used most of the tricks I have heard of, and still his socks does not last more than a couple of weeks I find this a bit bothering, so I do not knit him as many socks as I used to do Do you have another good trick? Even if I am talking about darning socks, there are limits… I do not want to darn his socks every week and I can use my socks for years before they break I really wonder why this is such a big difference and it is interesting, besides bothering Please tell me how to make socks more durable! This is my preparations for Christmas, Iwant a new cardigan for Christmas I showed you the beginning of this cardigan in the last episode and it is kind of ginger bread colours I am finished with the body, except for the ribbing, this will be kind of cropped, to go with dresses The pattern is from Kofteboken 2 (a norwegian book with traditional cardigans) I am so excited about the arrival of the new book Kofteboken 3 I run to the mailbox like a child every day, waiting for the book, or I ask Dennis if he has been to the mailbox So, while waiting, I am knitting on this cardigan from the earlier book it is called Frökengårdskofte and I have now started on a sleeve so it is growing This is a nice season to knit Christmas gifts, I do not think I will have the time this year though, we’ll see… My cardigan is brown, like ginger bread cookies, as I have been told. I actually did not plan that. Maybe this sounds strange, but I just wanted a new cardigan for Christmas but also to be worn all other days Choosing a brown colour is easy to me. I am also wearing another brown cardigan today. This is called Juni by Linnea Öhman, Clara Linnea I will write down the link here below in the show notes It is made in one ply Gotland yarn from Solkusten, I use it a lot and like it very much I love to use brown as a base colour I have talked about this before. I started a hashtag maybe 2 years ago thatI called #mybrownautumn I was wondering why brown was so hard to find, on t-shirts and leggings and so on There is black everywhere but brown can be hard to find I have used black before but I do not like it anymore Maybe it is about age. My hair has turned light, when it altered colour from dark brown/red to grey/silver my skin altered at the same time, I guess this is what happens I think the skin alters with the hair and with age, it gets more…I do not know the word in English – brittle? When talking about this, people often get uncomfortable and tell me that I am not old. But it is a fact and not a problem to me, that I am older today than I was yesterday, we can not stop time so, I do not want to discuss whether or not I am old, I want to discuss what happens when we get older Because we do get older. And both hair and skin change. And the fact is that black looks hard with aging, if I am allowed to use that word, skin Brown is so much softer and warmer and kinder But it has been hard to find brown clothes The funny thing is that I have seen so much more brown clothes this autumn Maybe I started a new trend with my hashtag two years ago? Or it is just fashion changing, but I am glad to be able to find some brown clothes I guess I am not the only one who does not like to dress in black So, now I will continue to knit on my brown cardigan and you can come with us outside in the pre winter landscape Thank you for watching! We will soon be back with a new episode. The most beautiful Advent poem is written by Margareta Melin I am trying to translate what it is about: We light our candles, one by one, a burning prayer for truth and justice The first candle is to shine deep inside me, keep my heart and warm my mind A warm and heartfelt thank you to all of you, supporting the Kammebornia podcast! You make it possible for us to keep on going! Thank you to all our generous patrons! If you are curious about what it means to be a patron, you can find more information on patreon.com/Kammebornia We also have sponsors that we want to thank and warmly recommend! YlloTyll is a lovely yarn store in Uppsala but it can also be found on yllotyll.com Ullcentrum is located on Öland and they carry Swedish wool yarn in lots of lovely colours! You can find them at ullcentrum.com Yarnesty, Anna Friberg, is a knit wear designer as well as tech editor You can find her patterns on ravelry and more information on knitway.se

28 thoughts on “Kammebornia Podcast 8/2019 Advent

  1. любуюсь Вашими с'емками!!
    очень красиво все у Вас, начиная от природы, заканчивая прекрасным рукоделием!
    восторгаюсь Вашим вкусом!!
    так тепло и уютно у Вас!!

  2. Vakkert,stemningsfullt,reflektert og klokt.Gleder meg hver gang til ny episode. Til ordene,bildene og musikken.Takk❤

  3. Hei Sofia. Så koselig å drikke litt te og strikke sammen med deg mens min egen video for 2.søndag i advent lastes opp på YouTube 🙂 Jeg samler også på gamle grytekluter. Jeg har de fleste på hytta og bruker noen av dem som kappe over kjøkkenvinduet. Vinduet vender ut mot skogen så vi trenger ikke gardin, men en fargerik kappe med gamle heklede grytekluter synes jeg er så koselig.
    Lussekatter baker jeg også, alltid til Luciadagen. Jeg skal bake på onsdag, da har jeg fri, og så kommer jeg til å snakke om våre Luciatradisjoner neste søndag.
    Kos deg med advent.

  4. I believe there is a way to make subtitles on clear background which would make for seeing the whole picture. I love your beautiful videos in this beautiful place. Can you tell me what kind of sheep are shown at beginning of video. That must be beautiful wool for spinning.

  5. Your podcast is always lovely. I too mend knitted socks and especially children’s clothing. My grandchildren bring their jeans to me to be mended mostly by sewing machine but when the legs are too narrow for the machine I stitch by hand. My 5 year old grandson was sitting next to a woman with holes in her jeans, which are in fashion. He said to her, “ My grandma can fix those for you”. We both laughed.

  6. Thank you, Sofia and Dennis for a calming and restful visit. I love hearing about your traditions. I'm eager to learn about my Swedish heritage and watching your podcast is the perfect way. Linda

  7. Hmm. must go bake something. I am a big fan of brown. Always have been. I love you new sweater and the Juni one. Thanks for a warm cozy visit.

  8. I wonder how you would like to hand knit brown leggings for winter. I see many tutorials for sweaters and cardigans but not leggings. I don't think they are too difficult. The home made option may be the answer to you problem of finding Brown clothes.

  9. The Jumper that you are knitting is really lovely Sophia. It will look so well on you, Thankyou for showing your potholder collection. They are really lovely in themselves; but when put all together, they are like jewelled tiles! I like the sense that you are talking about ageing. I too am ageing. I get what you are saying.

  10. Beautiful, as usual. I was a dedicated wearer of black, but now in my mid fifties I'm knitting and making clothes in soft greys. I think I might try browns too, I have not worn brown much as it was the colour of my awful school uniform! That was a long time ago now though, maybe it is time to try brown as an old woman 🙂

  11. What could be nicer als beginning the second Advent in your company?! Thank you for sharing these beautiful and comforting traditions. I live in North Germany and I have never heard about the Advent buns nor about Sankt Stephen. Your gingerbread cardigan is stunning and I can not wait to see the photos when it is finished. About the socks, I feel a little sorry for you having no success with the solutions for their durability. It can be that the problem is the shoes, perhaps the junction point between sole (?) and the shaft is too hard, you could try something like these lamb wool pieces, I do not know the name, but here they are used to isolate the shoes from inside. Have a great week and time. Peace and health for you all!

  12. I love the Advent season and the meaning of waiting for the arrival of the Messiah! Then it is the Christmas season, starting Christmas Day! I am so happy for the reminders to slow down, be calm, enjoy the season with both peace and celebration. We have a beautiful hymn that we sing here and I think of it when watching your gentle, heart touching podcast. The history behind the hymn is very tragic but the words speak to the faith of its writer. The name of the hymn is “ It Is Well With My Soul”.

  13. Känner precis som du att allt ska gå så fort när man själv vill ta det lugnt med ett handarbete , ljus och en kopp te. Trevlig advent till dig och Dennis.

  14. Jeg tenker det er en kombinasjon av å gå på ulike måter, hvordan man belaster beinene, men også sko. Om man bruker sko som er for trange noen steder, eller for store. Men også om sokkene er strikket stramt eller løst, er litt for store eller små.

  15. Loved seeing the crochet potholders. Well done to " save " them. Brown, for me, is associated with the 70s. Everything was brown, gold & orange then !

  16. Sophia, my thoughts rhyme with yours, thank you for this podcast. On embracing our maturing, you may enjoy Parker Palmer's On the Brink of Everything. He is a Wisconsinite like Meg Swanson and myself. I have attended Courage retreats based on his ideas with similar souls to ours where he has spoken. I think you can find him with live music by Carrie Newhouse here on YouTube. Some of his early books may be translated into Swedish, but he thinks and writes in midwestern English.

  17. Dear Pia and Dennis, I've just come across your channel. It's so beautiful!! It speaks about everything that is true and important, its so beautifully crafted and artistic without being contrived. It's so refreshing to come across something so honest. The footage (I particularly like nourishing your soul) is a feast to watch. I thank you for the time and effort you put into all you do…..I just wish I could knit!!! 😀 I can crochet though so maybe there is hope!!. Anyway, if anyone is going to inspire me its you! Many, many thanks. Sarah x

  18. My maternal grandparents were from Italy and they celebrated until January 6th little Christmas(Feast of the Wise men who brought gifts to the Christ child ). It was a gathering of the family to celebrate, eat and give small gifts.

  19. Sofia, I too have a husband who is hard on socks and shoes as well as one of my daughters. I add a strand of kid silk mohair from the heel flap on all the way to end of toes. I find this adds warmth strength and durability.

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