National Geographic : 1940 Jan
ON DANISH BY-LANES they imparted the musty air of an antique shop. The Danish homes I saw were characterized by dark-red, dark green, or dark blue walls, every square foot of which was sepa rately decorated in its own right. These dust col lectors are kept as bright and spotless as the day they were put up. The Danish home has such an air of polished cleanli ness that one feels a reluctance to enter. In one corner of the knipler's living room, on a small table of its own, rests the knipling board, a circular padded affair with a felt covered wheel at one edge and two or three dozen thread bobs hanging over the side. My hostess MAKING LACE THE DA] beamed as she beA as se sk a Dane about the sat down to illus- type of lacework made by trate the mech- used instead of needles or anism, first twist ing and braiding, then tying, pinning, and knotting. So fast did her skilled fingers play among the thread bobs and pins that following them with the eye was all but impossible. EVERYTHING STOPS FOR COFFEE Silvery low chimes in the next room an nounced 3:30 o'clock. I had to rush the picture-taking because, of course, it was time for coffee, and that is one thing that can't wait. Sweet cakes and a kind of flaky roll were served with the strong coffee at the dining-room table. You can't be in Denmark long without Photograph by Willis Lindquist NISH WAY, SHE TENDS TO HER "KNIPLING" village of Tender and he will tell about knipling, a the women of southern Jutland. Thread bobs are hooks, from 30 to 230 for a single pattern. discovering that the Danes never feel quite satisfied with what they have done for you. There must always be something extra, some pleasant little surprise. Be fore you know it, they have won your heart and threaten to become bosom friends for life.* While I drained my second cup of coffee, the lady of the house looked through a chest of drawers, emerging every minute * See, in the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE, "Royal Copenhagen, Capital of a Farming King dom," by J. R. Hildebrand, February, 1932; and "Denmark and the Danes," by Maurice Francis Egan, August, 1922.