Wednesday, July 2, 2008

A visit to Sweden

Yesterday we took the ferry to Sweden from Sandefjord. The ferry itself was similar to the Interislander except that it was full of duty free shops, and the Norwegians all climbed on board with shopping trolleys, that by the end of the 2 1/2 hour trip were chockabloc full of stuff...alcohol mainly!
We spent the day here in Stromstad

Stromstad is a cute little coastal town that reminded me of Picton. Lots of very nice boats moored up to the wharves that Ian liked.

There was a small market on the waterfront and there we found this lady selling her knitted and crocheted goods.This coat took her twelve months to knit, and it tells the story of the Swedes leaving Sweden for America and arriving in Minnesota. She had it for sale for 25000 krona which Melissa said is about six thousand dollars.

Her work was amazing and I rather lusted after the coat, especially right there and then, because there was a cold wind blowing as we headed back to the ferry.


Stephen said...

Interesting...and some great photos!
If you ever see genuine Nordic knives for sale, it would be great to see a photo of them. They evidently make some beautiful stuff.

World Knitting Day...I'm surprised you aren't president of the committee that organizes this. I can't think of a better qualified person.

Have fun....
Stephen MacCoote.

Kimberley said...

That is indeed an extraordinary coat. Imagine if you washed it wrong or spilt coffee on it! Your travels look fantastic, and so nice to be seeing it all with A and K. All my best to you and Melissa, Kimberley x