My current work in progress:

1. Woodfords, designed by Elizabeth Doherty, knit from Madelinetosh Merino Light in the "paper" colorway on U.S. size 3, 5, and 7 needles.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

Saint Lucia Day

lucia Saint Lucia Day

Today, December 13, is Saint Lucia Day. Lucia, an Italian saint, was an early Christian martyr. You can read about her here. Her saint day is celebrated in Sweden. You can read about the celebration here.

One of the traditions for Saint Lucia Day in Sweden (and for Swedes living in other countries) is to have a Lucia pageant. The young girl who portrays Lucia is dressed in a white gown with a red sash and wears a crown of lighted candles on her head. She is accompanied by other young girls dressed in white and little boys (star boys), each carrying a lighted candle. Lucia carries a tray of saffron rolls. They have a procession, during which they sing the traditional Lucia song:

Natten går tunga fjät
runt gård och stuva.
Kring jord, som sol’n förlät,
skuggorna ruva.
Då i vårt mörka hus
stiga med tända ljus
Sankta Lucia, Sankta Lucia.
Då i vårt mörka hus
stiga med tända ljus
Sankta Lucia, Sankta Lucia.

Natten är stor och stum.
Nu hörs det svingar
i alla tysta rum
sus som av vingar.
Se på vår tröskel står
vitklädd, med ljus i hår
Sankta Lucia, Sankta Lucia.
Se på vår tröskel står
vitklädd, med ljus i hår
Sankta Lucia, Sankta Lucia.

“Mörkret skall flykta snart
ur jordens dalar.”
Så hon ett underbart
ord till oss talar.
Dagen skall åter ny
stiga ur rosig sky.
Sankta Lucia, Sankta Lucia.
Dagen skall åter ny
stiga ur rosig sky.
Sankta Lucia, Sankta Lucia.

You’re probably wondering why I’m telling you all this.

When I was a tiny tot (three years old) our church decided to have a Lucia pageant. I was chosen to be Lucia, most likely because I was a little blonde angel and my mother knew how to make the Lucia bread. Probably more of the latter than the former. Right before the pageant they stuffed me into the long white gown (recycled from my fairy princess costume for Halloween) and tied a red sash around my waist. I was handed the tray of Lucia rolls. The other children in my Sunday school class were dressed in white and given candles to hold. An evergreen wreath with candles was jammed down on my head. Okay, so far so good. Then one of the women stepped up with a box of matches.

My mother said, “Be careful! Don’t set her hair on fire!”

The rest of the pageant is a blur. I’m told I marched down the center aisle of the church in abject terror, wearing my crown of lit candles. Somewhere there’s an old photo of me standing at the front of my Sunday school class, holding the tray of Lucia bread, lit candles on my head, and an expression of primal fear frozen on my face.

Ah, childhood memories!

(Tales of Holiday Horror?)

In case you’re wondering, this is not what my family’s Christmas dinner scene looks like (link found by the ever-helpful Theresa – thanks!).

Happy Saint Lucia Day everyone!

And you get a bonus for reading through all that and getting to this point. Could it be?

Yes!

More Old Knitted Crap!

This is another one that’s already on my website, but the photo is a small and not very clear one. Pre-digital camera! I had a request for a better photo of this yesterday.

wavecardi Saint Lucia Day

This is the Alice Starmore design “Wave Cardigan” from her Fair Isle Knitting book. This is possibly the first fair isle I ever did. I think it is. I opted not to put the pockets in it because I’m not fond of pockets.

I used Harrisville shetland and think I did a pretty good job of matching up colors, eh?

Here’s a close-up:

wavecardi1 Saint Lucia Day

Geane, this one’s for you!

Fulmar . . .

Yep, finished the first sleeve except for the shoulder strap. I’ll do that this weekend. I started the second sleeve and am on the cuff. Izzy supervised:

izzy dec12 Saint Lucia Day

Holiday Contest

Don’t forget, your contest entries are due by 3:00pm EST today. If you haven’t entered but want to, do so now! We’ll be drawing a winner tonight.

Is it just me?

Am I the only woman in the world who thinks the ads with the Joe Boxer guy are just plain creepy?

Happy weekend everyone!

Comments

  1. Creepy? I actually thought they were cute, but then, I don’t think too much about it. If I do, I have to remember it’s an underwear ad.

    Hmm. Mind you, if Rob started dancing around the Christmas tree dressed up in a little present like that, I might be calling whatever is the number for 911 over here…

  2. Happy St.Lucia Day,Wendy! Talk about childhood trauma! How are you around candles now? Good gosh, I know the lyrics are Swedish,but I read them with Garrison Keillor’s Norwegian “singing” style going through my head! Uff Da! Lovely old-crap sweater today! I’ve told you before, but I’ll tell you again that you are the best when it comes to colors!

  3. Oh,and yes, I think that ad is creepy–that’s the perfect word for it!

  4. Surprisingly, I’m fine around candles. I just run screaming at the sight of saffron bread.

  5. Thank you, L-B — I’m glad I’m not alone. I think my main problem with it is the way he holds his hands like dog paws when they sit up and beg.

  6. That makes it pawsitively creepy then!

  7. GROAN!!!!! :-P

  8. Wendy: Happy Saint Lucia Day to you! I’m going to my Scandinavian Club’s Santa Lucia dinner tomorrow night. Actually, I think we’re skipping dinner and going straight to the cookies.

    Ah, it’s good to be Scandinavian. (even with the open flames near the hair, and all that)

  9. about the Joe Boxer dancing guy: the first time I saw that ad, I said to myself “he is WAY too happy about that underwear.”

    maybe not quite ‘creepy’, but a little weird nonetheless.

  10. For Theresa, the translation of the song:

    Nightly, go heavy hearts
    Round farm and steading
    On earth, where sun departs,
    shadows are spreading.
    Then on our darkest night,
    Comes with her shining light
    Sankta Lucia! Sankta Lucia!
    Then on our darkest night,
    Comes with her shining light
    Sankta Lucia, Sankta Lucia.

    Night-darkling, huge and still.
    Hark, something’s stirring!
    In all our silent rooms,
    Wingbeats are whisp’ring!
    Stands on our threshold there,
    White clad, lights in her hair,
    Sankta Lucia! Sankta Lucia!
    Stands on our threshold there,
    White clad, lights in her hair,
    Sankta Lucia! Sankta Lucia!

    “Darkness shall fly away
    Through earthly portals!”
    She brings such wonderful
    words to us mortals!
    “Daylight, again renewed,
    will rise, all rosy-hued!”
    Sankta Lucia! Sankta Lucia!
    “Daylight, again renewed,
    will rise, all rosy-hued!”
    Sankta Lucia! Sankta Lucia!

  11. Izzy makes one unhappy looking reindeer. I’m sure I’d react the same way.

  12. I guess I would too. Not very sensitive of me, huh? Maybe I’ll spare her the antlers this year.

  13. Geane Helfrich says:

    Thanks for the Wave pics, Wendy! It’s a beauty! You substituted colors on your first Fair Isle?? Wow. What daring do! :) Have a great weekend! G

  14. Geane Helfrich says:

    I meant, substituted yarns…the colors look fabulous! G

  15. I LOVE that Joe Boxer guy! He is hillarious!

  16. Izzy looks like one unhappy kitty with those antlers on. lol

  17. A quote from my 3 1/2 yo–”Hey! Kitties don’t need antlers! The reindeer are just going to come to the house and take away those antlers!” So let Izzy know–help is on the way :)

  18. A quote from my 3 1/2 yo–”Hey! Kitties don’t need antlers! The reindeer are just going to come to the house and take away those antlers!” So let Izzy know–help is on the way :)

  19. Izzy says thank you! :-)

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  1. fluffa! says:

    I love learning about traditions.

    If you haven’t seen it already, please stop by Wendy’s Knitting and take a look at her post on Sta.