I have always wanted to meet Ms. Lee Esselström who is a creator of the strömsötröjan sweater for a long time.
When I finished the strömsö sweater and I found many photos of the Finnish women wearing the sweaters, I felt a certain solidarity and sisterhood.
I had felt lonely because of the Covid pandemic and the situation in Ukraine.
Wearing the same sweater, I became friends with them.
I also knitted one for my mother, whom I could see only through Zoom.
And I finally got to meet her at a knitting workshop during the Finnish-Swedish Week organized by the Finnish Institute in Japan.
It was an unforgettable experience!