soup and cinema at the Nordic Heritage Museum. This is what we did yesterday. Allt Flyter/The Swimsuit Issue was a Swedish film so we had a Swedish soup – it was delicious – a kale soup and a nice bread to go with it. The film was wonderfully done. Excellent acting, an unusual centerpiece for the story line – the formation of a men’s synchronized swim team. So that was the offering this month. Last month it was a Norwegian film, Elling. Next month is Denmark’s turn with the film Adams aebler/Adam’s Apples. And then in May it will be Iceland with Mavahlatur/The Seagull’s Laughter.
As we enjoyed our lunch I reflected on how yet again I didn’t think to wear something Scandinavian. Rather ironic since it is the colourful knitting and weaving tradition of the Nordic countries which is part of the big attraction for me. I did wear something handknit at least. Handknit but not by me. It was a vest knit with handspun naturally dyed yellow/green yarn. I’ve had that item a long time and wore it very often when I was working in Kenya. I bought it at the Spinner’s Web, just around the corner from the Norfolk Hotel. The Spinner’s Web stocked those balls of naturally dyed yarn with the Kenya Leo label. They also sold items knit with that yarn and I was a frequent admirer and purchaser. Thinking about all that, part of my association with the Kenya Leo label is that I knew one of the founders, if not the founder. She lived upcountry but she used to come to Nairobi for the Kennel Club Dog Shows. I always looked forward to the Shows – and also the chance to visit with Jean. That’s all long ago now.