The Skokloster castle weekend

So, this past weekend I attended another Christmas fair with my yarns. This time it was the Skokloster castle Christmas fair, which I have to say is by far the coziest, prettiest and most well organized fair this far. The tables, table cloths and lights were up and ready when you arrived, the tables were thoroughly and very visibly marked, and each table had all the contact information you needed if you should need to get a hold of someone fast to solve anything. It was a treat to come there as a vendor, and just being able to start setting up within 10 minutes of arriving.

Skokloster castle is also a special place for me, as the author Hedvig Charlotta Nordenflycht, whom I wrote my bachelor thesis on (well, on one of her works, to be specific) is buried at the cemetery adjacent to the castle, and because the castle itself was built mid-17th century and I have done a lot of research on the 18th century, which is a period of time when the castle was very much in use. Also, Nordenflycht lived and worked in the 18th century, and lived in the area at that time. So, for all those reasons, Skokloster castle and the adjacent cemetary holds a special place in my heart.

Skokloster castle
Skokloster castle
The tombstone of Hedvig Charlotta Nordenflycht.

The weather this past weekend was not very inviting, and I was very happy to be at Skokloster castle, because it is a castle built in a square, with an open middle, where you can see the sky above. On the bottom floor, it is like a corridor surrounding this opening, with several archway openings out towards this open-air centre of the castle. This meant it was cold, but you still had shelter from the cold rain that we had this weekend.

My spot this weekend.

The open centre of the castle.

Not only was it very well organized, but they also had a Santa that was absolutely amazing. He stopped by me to talk for a few minutes, and he was not “in character” so to speak, he WAS Santa for reals. You should have heard him talking to the children – it was absolutely amazing to listen to him. He spoke to them in a manner that made you believe in magic, I’ll tell you that. And he did not exaggurate and was never “too much”, he was just so genuine I pretty much walked away from the experience having my belief in Santa Claus restored. <3

The most amazing Santa ever.

It was a good weekend in so many ways. I was invited to join an association that are selling handicrafts at the Stone house store at the castle, and I met this really awesome blacksmith, to whom I suggested we’d do a collaboration at some point, and he was totally up for that. I also bought the coolest candle holder ever from him, that I will show you in a later blog post. I just fell for it the second I saw it, and knew it had to come home with me.

There you have it, a short recap of a really nice weekend. Today is Monday, and I will be having a more quiet and restful day today. There is admin stuff to do, I have a meeting this afternoon, I will be wrapping some Christmas presents, and I will be frantically knitting on the last of my Christmas knits. I’m dyeing to be able to show you guys the things I’m making, and it is a bit frustrating to not being able to show you the Christmas stuff. Also, I am in the mood for designing new things, and can’t wait to get started on that.

Oh, btw – I got my November Knitcrate on Friday! And there was yarn with Stellina in it! Is it just me, or do you guys get that Stellina-craving when you’re apporaching Christmas too? I don’t know why, but I’m a sucker for everything sparkly this time of year. 😀

My November Knitcrate!
The very gorgeous Stellina yarn, that is way more sparkly than the picture implies. It is the Uru.Yarn Sugared Worsted, in the colorway ‘Wolves’. Not sure what to make yet, but there was a very pretty hat pattern included in the box… 🙂

Now, I need to get back to my Christmas knit now, but I’ll be back before you know it! Have an awesome week, make amazing stuff! 🙂

 

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