Recently we have seen an influx of publications cashing in on the term of “hygge”. From cooking and baking to decorating the home, and now even in the knitting & crochet world, the band wagon is getting longer by the day. But why the sudden infatuation with a word that roughly translated means nothing more than “cosy”, “clyd” (in Welsh) or “Gemütlichkeit” (in German).
In essence, hygge means creating a nice, warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life. The warm glow of candlelight, spending time with friends and family, eating and drinking – preferably sitting around the table for hours on end discussing the big and small things in life.
Originally Norwegian, hygge meaning ‘well-being”, first appeared in the Danish language at the end of the 18th century and has been embraced by the Danes ever since. Winter seems the perfect time for a large helping of “Gemütlichkeit” in our lives as days are short and long dark evenings lend themselves to lots of cosy time spend in front of the fire.
To me it also means spending some relaxing time with beautiful yarn knitting simply for pleasure! No deadlines, very little time spent in front of the computer, but rather diving into my stash, picking up my needles and enjoying the peace and quiet, working my own thoughts into every stitch I make.
No matter if we call it “hygge”, “clyd” or “Gemütlichkeit”, we can all create our very own by making the ordinary special and meaningful. Everyday activities can become special simply by putting technology to one side and embracing simple practices such as lighting candles, purchasing flowers or brewing real tea in china cups.
I wonder what you first think of when hearing the word “hygge”?, whatever it is, embrace it and enjoy!