My trip to Finland was a wonderful visit with an old friend, meeting her family and experiencing the Finnish culture. A sidetrip to Sweden was a fantastic cruise on the Baltic Sea, and thoughts of my ancestors while seeing just a small portion of the land they came from. I find it truly inspiring to be immersed into another culture - a whole other world of language, food, and the many small things I take for granted. I never thought I'd be watching the "Biggest Loser" with Finnish subtitles! Or carrying around conversion charts in my pockets to figure out temperature and money. And, I don't really love using military time on a regular basis. I do, however, love a good sauna and a dip in the lake :)
Tatting tools were no problem on my flights - I had a small embroidery scissors, my Aero shuttles, and my hookpen in my carry-on, and had no raised eyebrows. I thought I'd get more tatting done during the flights, but my eyes got tired fairly quickly. I did get one bookmark completely done - one of my favorite bookmarks to make - from Jane in South Africa, with Lady Shuttlemaker's beautiful "Helm's Deep" HDT:
and got a start on this one - Flower Meadow - in Lizbeth Tropical Punch.
And here are a couple more photos from my trip:
A pretty crocheted way to cover bike spokes - as seen in a
Swedish museum representative of the 1700-1800's.
Greetings from Stockholm!
My friend and I saying goodbye at the airport in 1978.
And my friend and I saying goodbye at the airport once more in 2012.
Aaawwww - it was so much fun to catch up!