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  • Oh boy, made me cry. Ferocious love, what a great description. Lay off Kay about the quilting-I’m enjoying it! Keep up the travelogue, loving that too.

  • I just took a look at the photo and then a second look at the blog – it took a while for it all to compute to see that place here! Greetings! And yes, I do know where they are :).

  • So glad you told us upfront that you all had a successful trip. I would have hated fearing that the flu would cancel your plans.
    Fiskars building– would that be Stockholm?
    I used to babysit one of those white-headed babies. Now he’s tall, dark-blond and handsome like his parents. Still has the big blue eyes, too.

  • Aww, the story of rescuing your boy from camp is so sweet! When I think of Fiskars HQ, I think of Helsinki. I don’t even know if that’s right, but it’s what I think.

  • Glad to hear that David recovered in time for the family trip. The copper crab will bring back many memories for you over the coming years!
    Your hasty-retrieval-of-kid-at-camp tale reminds me of my hasty retrieval from camp (twice) of my then 9-yr.-old daughter. Camp Week 1: Beloved grandfather dies suddenly and unexpectedly, and I drive 150 miles to break the news to my daughter and bring her (and all of her belongings) back home.
    Camp Week 2: Drive daughter (and all of her belongings) back to camp so that she can at least have some time left of the camping experience. Two days later: Get a phone call from the Camp Director who is at an emergency room with my daughter in a small town closest to the camp. Daughter has fallen off a high platform, and arm is being x-rayed to see if it is broken. ER physician will call back with the results. Results: Arm not broken, just badly sprained and must be kept in a sling–no swimming, no horseback riding, no fun-at-camp activities. I drive back to the camp to once again retrieve bruised daughter (who is quite proud of the pink and white stripe sling she chose at the ER). Ah, the joys of parenthood!
    On another note, would that photo, perhaps, have been taken in Helsinki?
    Mary G. in Texas (who thinks that Texas is wider than Kentucky, but I have never driven the width of Kentucky with a fever-ridden, hacking 13-yr.-old, so I might be wrong.)

  • Nice to hear you are back. Perhaps you can pull Kay back from the dark side. I worried that you were just sitting rocking on your porch cranking those tweed squares and perhaps enjoying some bourbon. Glad to see you were out and about, germs and all.

  • Can’t wait to hear the rest!
    Christina from Copenhagen

  • Can’t wait to hear the rest!
    Christina from Copenhagen

  • I’ve always wanted to see Helsinki.

  • Definitely want details of that cruise–haven’t spent any time in Scandinavia, but did once date a Finn (and they look Scandinavian, even if they aren’t!) Glad Clif came through okay and you didn’t come down with the plague.

  • I thought it looked familiar, you are on Mannerheimintie in Helsinki!

  • Thank you! Thank you, Kay has been puttin big ideas in my head, quilty, sewy, fabricy ideas. I thought I was invincible against the quilting, until the tablecloth…the images, they won’t go away!
    Congratulations! That was quite a mission accomplished, I am glad the rest of you avoided the flu, had a successful trip and you lived to tell the tale with great humor. I’ve been in that stay or go situation, very stressful.
    p.s. the crab for you made me cry a little too

  • ok. i cried when i read about the Crab.

  • Glad everyone is well, and am looking forward to hearing more about your trip!
    What’s with the red circles on the photo?
    I agree about the purell. A cheapo brand once caused me to pull my car over in a rest area to see if my radiator coolant was leaking. I had to wash my hands repeatedly with the industrial-strength highway restroom soap just to replace one disgusting odor with another. Phew.

  • uhh, what camp was he at? My daughter is at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, near Muskegon, MI. Is that where he was? Is there some kind of flu outbreak there?!?

  • I saw that photo and went ‘well, that looks familiar’, which would be because I was there just last week. Helsinki, Mannerheimintie. πŸ˜€ Hope you enjoyed the yarn shops – at least two less than half a mile from that spot, I think.

  • I was already a fan. But a knitting blog that quotes The Clash?
    Now I am a SUPER FAN.

  • I was in Helsinki, but never saw Fiskars. πŸ™
    I can’t believe that you were in Scandinavia and didn’t stop by to say “Hello!”. We could have had fika (the Swedish tradition of coffee and sandwiches or cakes and cookies).

  • I know you’re not at the Fiskars headquarters here in Madison, WI, so you must be in Finland!! Enjoy your trip.

  • The thing I love about You People is that even when you veer from knitting (and please know I love all good textiles as much as the next person), your blog is just so darn well-written and intelligent. A hoot, but a smart, dare I say, literary, hoot!

  • Just be glad he didn’t come down with the flu ON the cruise. I was just in the baltic on a cruise and missed Estonia due to medical isolation after a nasty bout of food poisoning. I am happy he recovered and can’t wait to hear about your trip. I saw the FisKar headquarters in Helsinki too. Did you go to St Petersburg?

  • Just be glad he didn’t come down with the flu ON the cruise. I was just in the baltic on a cruise and missed Estonia due to medical isolation after a nasty bout of food poisoning. I am happy he recovered and can’t wait to hear about your trip. I saw the FisKar headquarters in Helsinki too. Did you go to St Petersburg?

  • Helsinki. Anywhere near Stockmann department store? I don’t remember…

  • there you are good to see you
    kay has this really long tablecloth
    you may have to fisker it
    i like travel stories something
    to read before bed time and
    lots of pictures in case
    i lose my glasses stay well

  • Ah, the peril of not reading blogs promptly. Many others beat me to it. Mannerheimintie, Helsinki. I was an AFS exchange student to Finland and lived in the Helsinki suburbs from June 1960-Jan 1961.

  • Just got back from 2 weeks in Sweden and Finland~such beautiful places! Enjoy!

  • Muskegon doesn’t exactly qualify as Northern Michigan does it? Anyway, Michigan was glad to have you, and would like you back again under nicer circumstances.

  • I know not of fiskars as tools pertaining to quilting, but I am the owner of several fiskars axes, hatchets and the like.
    With them, I can chop wood like grandma who did it every day of her life. She would be so proud of me.

  • I am so glad your son is feeling better!
    I wish we were in Scandinavia with you! While in Denmark, would you please stop by and say hello to my cousins and aunts and uncles? We hope to go next summer. How did you handle the flight?

  • Welcome home Ann,
    I don’t know much about the secret to feeling young (tell me, tell me), but I sure would like to see (if it can be managed) a picture of that sweet little copper crab: pincers open/pincers closed.
    The width of Kentucky not withstanding, you sure have been having some adventures!
    LoveDiane
    P.S.–TELL me you were standing just across from Fiskars, and you did not enter even one fabric shop nearby (knitting in tow, of course). Yeah. Right. :):):)

  • I have to agree with Mary G, Texas is wider than KY as is Oklahoma on I-40! I have done them all. Glad you didn’t get the flu and had a good trip! πŸ™‚

  • Welcome back Ann. What a description of your trip and retrieval of your boy! So glad you all were able to make the trip and … we must have just crossed paths. I was back in the old homeland (Denmark) and just came back a week ago. Just curious – did you visit Marianne Isager’s yarn store in Copenhagen? The cutest little store you ever saw near Kongen’s Have (The King’s Garden). If not, go on http://www.isagerknit.com/1-35-topmenu-1.html and put it on your list for your next trip there (I’m assuming that you’d want to go back there, right???)

  • I think you were on the same cruise with my boss. The money all makes sense.

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