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3 posts categorized "Jul 2011"

November 21, 2011

Knitted by Nanas: the Danish fashion knitters

KAFFESLABBERAS // MADS AND ERNA (SUBTITLED) from Kaffeslabberas on Vimeo.

We're in love with Kaffeslabberaserne in Denmark. Meet the group of Grannies who knit for Danish designers Henrik Vibskov and Mads Norgaard. Watch the video and fall in love with the grannies and hand knitted socks, jumpers and everything inbetween. If you want to know more about the knitting by these Nanas, you can read this very good article right here

November 11, 2011

St Lucia celebrations at Scandi Kitchen 2011


13th December every year is the celebration of St Lucia (or St Lucy) – a festival widely celebrated across Scandinavia.  Girls dress in white robes and carry candles in a long procession and sing the hymn about Lucia.

The candles symbolise the fire that refused to take St. Lucia's life when she was sentenced to be burned.   Traditionally a Catholic festival, it is thought that this tradition survived in Scandinavia because it is celebrated during the very dark days of winter.  Some people believe that back in the day when us Scandies celebrated Yule (or Jol) at Winter Solstice, it was both a season of giving, kindness and celebration - but also a season of fear of dark forces – the scariest night of all at that time was called the Night of Lussi – Lussinatta.  Some believe that the festival of light is from this time to fend off the evil forces.

 Across Scandinavia, people celebrate St Lucia with singing traditional songs – and bearing candles.  We appreciate that it is hard to attend Lucia events outside Scandinavia, so we put on several mini Lucias every year for those of you who fancy a Lucia-fix before Christmas – or perhaps is just curious to know what it is all about.
Cecilia is a professional jazz singer and she together with five of her singer-friends make up the Scandi Kitchen Lucia Train.  They will sing songs such as Jul Jul, Staffan, Sa mork ar morgondagen,A child is born and more.

The shop will close during each event.  All the lights will be switched off and we will enjoy the singing and the candle light.  Tickets cost £5 each and all the cash goes directly to the singers.  Each Lucia event lasts about 30 minutes.  Please note that there is a strict limit of 40 tickets per session as we simply do not have any extra space.  

There will be no tickets sold on the door on the day.  Children under 8 go free, but please, pretty please, advise us in the notes if you will be bringing younger children because we need to make sure we have space allocated for them.  Please also note that Lucia sessions start promptly on time and the doors will close at start time.

You can buy your tickets from the online shop here - make sure that you choose "collect from store" on checkout or else you will be charged postage.  Your order confirmation is your ticket, just bring it along on the day.

These are the sessions:
Saturday 10th December   8:45, 9:30, 18:30, 20:00
Sunday 11th December 8:45, 9:45, 16:30, 17:30
Tuesday 13th December 18:00, 19:30



Pimp My Gingerbread House 2011

It's the excuse you have been waiting for:  we want to see you build the coolest Gingerbread House.

All you have to do is get your hands on one of these, put it together and then decorate it the most inventive way possible.  You can pimp it, you can add twinkling lights, you can add fairy dust, you can paint it black and call it HogWarts...A new home for Polly Pocket or a Gingerbread Crack Den.  Whatever floats your boat.  

Our Anna is currently building a My Little Pony Gingerbread House and Bronte is making a Gingerbread Nightclub.  Many more are in progress...

We have two competitions:

Kids under 14            

1st Prize is big box filled with sweets and treats from Scandi Kitchen

Grown Ups:           

A big Christmas Hamper full of goodies as well as free lunch for two and your photo up on the wall at Scandi Kitchen all of January.

How to enter:       

Using the same base model from ANNAS, build your house.  Then take a photo of your house and mail it to iloveherring@scandikitchen.co.uk, along with your name, address and contact telephone number (and also do tell us which competition you are  entering).

Last date for submission of photos:  15th December.


The rules:

One entry per person.  All entries must use the same kit - that was we all have a fair starting point.   There are no entry too extravagant or silly although if it offends, we can't really include it.  No alternative prizes, all other usual competition rules apply.  Winner will be chosen by a panel of super qualified judges.  By entering this copetiton you give us the right to mention your name and display your photo at the cafe and on our website.

The Gingerbread Crackhouse we found online deserves a mention:




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