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26 September 2009 @ 06:45 pm
My craft nerd friends: Vad sjutton är dessa barn gör?  
Okay, I didn't grow up Swedish, but I am trying to study the language. This video from a kid's show, "Pysselskogen," which is a word meaning "wood crafts," according to my translator software. However, "pyssel" is a verb meaning "to busy oneself," often applied to kids (like coloring, playing dress-up, and so on), and "skogan" means "the forest," so maybe this means "Forest of Crafts," which seems more likely.

Anyway...

Sometimes they have normal crafts, like making face paint to look like a badger or using a comb/bucket-thing to gather lingonberries. Sometimes they have crafts which totally confound me, like making small drawskin bags out of fish skin or collecting poop and hairballs and making tic-tac-toe games out of them. Today brought me one such show.

http://svtplay.se/v/1697521/pysselskogen/del_3_av_16

Now, it would seem... that they are using hot water, soap, colored animal hair (?), and rocks to make... furry rock balls. I am not sure what the point of this is, except I guess to make furry rock balls to toss at one another at the end of the show. Maybe if I spoke better Swedish, I'd understand what the woman was telling these kids to do, or what the ... hair... was. I am guessing that somehow using soap and hot water on this hair made the rocks covered with felt. But I am not sure.

What do you think?
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In case you thought I was kidding about tic-tac-poop http://svtplay.se/v/1697521/pysselskogen/del_1_av_16
 
 
 
exec_insomniac on September 28th, 2009 01:47 am (UTC)
Why don't you come to Swedish school with me?--Svenskaskolan.
punkwalruspunkwalrus on September 28th, 2009 12:36 pm (UTC)
I was seriously planning on it. Sadly, my wife has been unemployed since June and I didn't have the money. I was seriously bummed! Like really depressed about it.
Bureinatobureinato on September 28th, 2009 03:54 am (UTC)
That's dyed but un-spun wool fleece. She is making felted wool balls. I've seen it in English on US websites. Now, I have no idea why folks want to make decorative balls instead of slippers or something. Eons ago I took a felting class & made xmas stockings. It was fun.
Bureinatobureinato on September 28th, 2009 03:56 am (UTC)
And I really like the kids packs, they look like they are made from woven wood slats.
Bureinatobureinato on September 28th, 2009 03:59 am (UTC)
ok, I got way too interested & googled it, this person, who put bells in the middle as cat toys. That's a good use of scrap wool.

http://www.stringpage.com/felt/felt.html