Vanessa brought my national costume back from Norway. I was given it when I was 14 years old for my confirmation. Now, in Norway, confirmation is a tradition for most 14 year olds. I was definitely not a Christian when I was confirmed and I knew I wasn't but I was never actually asked if I wanted to be confirmed or not. It was just assumed that everyone would be confirmed and in my year at school of about 120ish pupils there were only 3 or 4 who weren't confirmed. Having become a born-again Christian a few years ago I think this kind of confirmation system they have in Norway is wrong. Teh church we attend now don't do confirmations or baby baptism but encourage you to be baptised as an adult or teenager when you have given your life to God and Simon and I were both baptised a few years ago.
The traditional gift for confirmations is a national costume and I had one from Voss, which is a small village on the west coast near Bergen where my maternal grandfather came from. You should have some sort of connection to the place where your national costume comes from. In the old days people would have a costume from their village or area but these days a lot of people choose one they like. Since I left Norway I've not word my national costume, my sister wore it a few times in her 20s before she had her own from Telemark (another area in Norway where my paternal grandmother came from). My Mum has one from Gudbrandsdalen where her Mum came from. My Mum has been storing my national costume but Vanessa has been asking if she could have it. She tried it on this morning but she's missing the blouse and apron that goes with it. It should have a white cotton blouse with lace detail and a white cotton lace apron but the blouse has gone yellow so my Mum is trying to getit fixed for me. She should also be wearing some jewellery that goes with it.
I'm in the middle of listing some more yarns on the website. The rest of the Bambino Sock Yarn, Super Merino Sock Yarn and Glorious Sock Yarn has gone up and I'm currently working my way through the brand new Silky Merino sock yarn, a gorgeous 50/50 merino/silk blend. It's stunning and I've got my eye on one or two of the skeins myself. After this it's only the Organic Merino, Organic Cotton and Angel (merino/tencel) sock yarns to go and I'm all up to date. Don't forget there is a 15% discount until end of August (see hte sidebar for details).