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December 17th, 2010

Christmas Countdown - Askasleikir

I've been piecing my quilt together today. I just can't explain the feeling it is to see it all come together, a project that is all mine all the designs and the layout. It's the first really  big thing I make I've made just small quilted wall hangings before. I'm hoping to finish it this weekend, the deadline I gave myself was last Sunday :P but life kind of got in my way with dad ending up back in the hospital for a few days last week. My new deadline is have it finished by Christmas witch we celebrate on the 24th instead of the 25th that most other nations do.
I almost have the top finished now but my sewing room table is to small to quilt something this big so I 'll have to move my sewing machine to the living room to finish it.

So on to today's Yuletide lad

Askasleikir - Bowl Licker

Bowl Licker, the sixth one,
was shockingly ill bred.
From underneath the bedsteads
he stuck his ugly head.

And when the bowls were left
to be licked by dog or cat,
he snatched them for himself
- he was sure good at that!


a little explanation for the block. His name in Icelandic is AskaSleikir or Aska licker. askur is not a normal bowl but a wooden bowl with a lid attached that was used before normal bowls or plates came to Iceland mostly for porridge or similar and they where put on the floor for the animals to eat (clean) the scraps from when you had had your fill (every one in the household had there own with their special carvings on it).
they look like this

another fun fact in those times the cows were kept in the kitchen to keep the house warm and in the winter the sheep slept in a room beneath (or in ) the bedrooms :)

see ya tomorrow with more fun and strange Icelandic folk
Liljabs