I am fascinated by the Danish tradition of hygge (pronounced hoo-gah). There is no direct English translation for this word so the definition and understanding must be gathered from description, but basically hygge is a Danish word used to describe their sense of hospitality and community.
I love the writing of Rebecca Parker Payne, and her article on hygge first introduced me to the concept.
I’ve continued to learn more about hygge by way of the simple and elegant photographs of Louisa Thomsen Brits, and I am eagerly awaiting the release of her new book on the subject: The Book of Hygge: The Danish Art of Contentment, Comfort, and Connection, due out in February 2017.
I spent some time in a lovely yarn store today, thinking about trying to learn to knit. Again. I’ve already tried twice without much luck. And all I could think about was how the lovely knitted scarves seemed a fitting example of the hygge way of life.
There is an enriching and integral nature that wellcrafted things bring to our lives, and a power of enchantment that resides in a handcrafted object. When we use a simple, handmade item, there is an interplay that takes place between the object and our own emotions and state of mind. We encounter the possibility of simplicity in ourselves in what we hold in our hands. And we touch the life of the maker. –Louisa Thomsen Brits