Laura Ricketts Designs

"She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands..."

Laura Ricketts Designs is a personal and business website for Laura Ricketts, hand-knitwear designer, author, teacher, crafter, mother and wife.

An Adventure, cont'd

While in Minneapolis viewing the beautiful holdings at the American Swedish Institute...

reindeer skin pouch decorated with beads

reindeer skin pouch decorated with beads

Sámi gákti

Sámi gákti

woven bands on bells

woven bands on bells

knitted socks and mittens

knitted socks and mittens

birch bark bag

birch bark bag

...we did other fun Sámi things, like visit North America's first Sámi themed coffee house.  The Lavvu Coffee House is owned and operated by Chris Pesklo, a Minnesota native of Sámi ancestry, whose other jobs are lavvu builder and former Social Studies teacher.  His Lavvu website can be found at http://www.lavvu.com/index.html.  Lavvu are the tipi-like tents Sámi traditionally made and travel with.

North America's only Sámi inspired coffee house Dinkytown, MN

North America's only Sámi inspired coffee house

Dinkytown, MN

lavvu coffee

lavvu coffee

knitting in the lavvu

knitting in the lavvu

working on a Sámi mitten in the coffee house 

working on a Sámi mitten in the coffee house 

We also visited Ikea for the first time.  Wow.  It's like furniture Disneyland!  We purchased a few things, and I briefly considered moving there.  

Tomorrow:  my first trip to Decorah, Iowa, and the motherland of all museums: The Vesterheim!