Nikolina Visits the Book Nook

Nikolina had been visiting Nancy at the Book Nook in Wheatland, Wyoming, and has just arrived back at Nordic Needle with quite a selection of bookmarks. Nikolina said one of the highlights of her visit was helping to inventory over 5000 books!! However, the Book Nook is closing, but Nancy said that means more time for stitching! Here is a picture of Nikolina helping with a drawing at the Book Nook.

I asked Nikolina what she learned about reading when she was there. The first thing she told me was that reading increases your vocabulary. Coming from rural Norway, her English vocabulary is somewhat limited. She said that she learned a lot more words reading than she would have in general conversation. She particularly liked the children’s books with a lot of illustrations. I agreed and told her about the dictionary I was creating. I bought a wonderful English children’s illustrated dictionary for $1 at a garage sale. Now I am going through it writing in the Norwegian and Swedish words. It has really helped me associate pictures with words.

Reading also helped Nikolina with her journaling. Norwegian sentences have somewhat of a different sentence structure than English. Nikolina said that as she read she began to understand how to form sentences that made more sense to us.

One thing she told me was that reading saved energy. At first I thought she meant the energy it took to walk the dog or take an exercise class. She called me silly and said she meant electrical energy. Nikolina said it takes less electricity to run a lamp than it does all the electronic game stuff. Ryan added that she read somewhere that brain activity actually decreases while watching TV (brainwaves mimicking those during sleep), so that is another reason to pick up a good book. Interesting!

Lastly Nikolina said it is a great way to dream and travel without leaving home. She had always wanted to come to the United States, but she never figured she would get that chance. So she read a lot of books about the United States, our cities, and our traditions. She said that helped her feel more comfortable when she came to Nordic Needle. She was glad she knew about our Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations, which made them more enjoyable during her visits.

Nikolina has had some great adventures so far with her host families. I have asked her to share some of them in the next newsletter. We have to sit down and figure out her next stops. Unfortunately, she likes to linger at her host locations and she hasn’t been to as many places as I had hoped by now! Stay tuned!

Fun with Nikolina at the Watnemo Farm – Northern Minnesota

It seemed only fitting that Nikolina’s adventure should start with Roz. Here is her first adventure!

Nikolina spent the weekend at the Watnemo farm in northern Minnesota with Harold and Roz.

She kept busy with picking strawberries, riding on the 4-wheeler, rock climbing, and having a coffee party with Grandma Carol and her friend, Martha.

Nikolina got to celebrate the 4th of July by raising both the American and Norwegian flags.

Nikolina enjoyed relaxing a bit too and even helped Roz design and stitch a Hardanger project for the next Retreat!

She said she is ready to start her travels and looks forward to meeting people around the world and going on exciting adventures with them.

A few more invitations to visit arrived while she was on vacation with Roz. Nisse and her travel agents will put her itinerary together next week and contact the hosts to be sure the schedule works and she will begin her adventure. There is still time to get on Nisse’s schedule.

Send her an email at and be sure to put “Nisse” in the subject line.

Nordic Needle Nisse

Last newsletter we talked about the traveling Nordic Needle Nisse. She has arrived and her name is Nikolina. Here she is standing in front of some of our fabric. She has a spoon and bowl because it is important to feed your Nisse to keep her happy. Before she starts her travels she will also have a needle and stitching project, so that she will have the right tools for whatever her host/hostess wants her to do. She stands about 5.5" high. She’s getting excited about traveling around to visit Nordic Needle friends! If you would like to learn more about hosting Nisse, please please send an e-mail to her. Be sure to include "nisse" or "hosting" in the email subject! We’ll be figuring out the beginning of her travel itinerary soon! She’s ready to pack her bags and hit the road visiting our friends!

The Nordic Needle Nisse

We have so many friends around the world that we want to share them with you! So, we decided to create our own version of Flat Stanley called Nordic Needle Nisse. A Nisse is the Norwegian mythical creature who was responsible for watching over the farm and the family. Our Nisse would love to come visit you. All that we ask is that you take at least one photo of the Nordic Needle Nisse somewhere in your home town and with you in your stitching area or with one of your stitching projects (finished or in progress). Then email us the photos and a description. Then you would be responsible for mailing the Nisse on to the next location. We will let you see what Nordic Needle Nisse looks like soon! If you are interested in receiving more information on the Nordic Needle Nisse’s Stitching Adventure or hosting the Nisse, please send your contact information to this email.

If you are interested in receiving more information on the Nordic Needle Nisse’s Stitching Adventure or hosting the Nisse, please send your contact information to Nisse’s email.

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