Hi there how are you ? I hope your week has been enjoyable and most of all I hope you are safe. My mind and heart are with those who live in the areas touched by the hurricanes in this moment.
As for myself I’m cozy and doing good here in Normandy. I have a ton of knitting on my needles and many that need to be worked on seriously due to deadlines. I still have one cardigan and 3 socks on my needles for test knitting! Yes, I admit, I’m a bit crazy!
I’m of course also participating in the big kals of the moment, What the Fade
Which is turning out to be a lot of fun. I’m enjoying all the brioche knitting.
And The Road to Rhinebeck
This was clue one, clue two just came out and I look forward to continuing on this. This time I’m using my own DK yarn. And if you are wondering about my bee project keeper it’s from Sugartots on Etsy.
Now I’m not going to talk about my own knitting today. As the title of this post indicates I want to share with you information and lots of pictures of the first ever Yarn Crawl in Iceland and I’m sure (or should I say, I hope) you will enjoy seeing and reading about that.
I have a cousin in Iceland that is a Knitter with a capital K and she told me about this event that took place last Saturday the 2nd of September. I would have loved to be part of this and spend a day with fellow knitters enjoying yarn fondling and endless inspiration not to mention yarn buying!
Unfortunately I was not able to go to Iceland but my cousin who was attending accepted to take pictures for me and tell me all about the event. Well she did way more than that. She took a gazillion pictures and she even purchased yarns and other goodies for me that I have now received!
So many of you will be familiar with the concept of a yarn crawl but if you are not let me explain. A yarn crawl is a day where a number of yarn shops work together and offer discounts, promote new yarns/books etc, There are designers that come and promote their designs, yarn dyers that do trunk shows etc. Basically a dream day for any knitter.
This was the first time ever this event was organised in Iceland and they are hoping this will be an annual event from here on out. Six yarn shops participated in the event and participants got a postcard that they could get stamped at each shop to participate in a prize drawing at the end of the day.
Each shop had something nice to eat and drink, designers came and presented their books and designs, indie dyers attended with their yarns and some stores had talks given by designers on different knitting or yarn related topics.
Many of these designers are unknown to me and yet they are not only Icelandic like I am but talented and have beautiful designs. So I will definitely need to go check them out on Ravelry. The two indie dyers have gorgeous yarns and sell on Etsy so maybe you would like to get some of their yarns to try for yourself.
The rest of this post is going to be pictures as I think those best describe the feel of the event and I will comment below some on different things. Enjoy!
I loved seeing how the shops had loads of knitwear on display. I think that’s a great idea for people to see how the different yarns knit up as well as touch and maybe even try on different designs before deciding whether or not they should cast on. I really love the rainbow lace shawl in the last picture.
Walls of yarns! Just looking at these makes my fingers itch!
Yummy refreshments to keep up stamina and strength while yarn shopping:)
Designers selling their patterns
This lady is called Audur Bjort and she is a pattern designer and you can see some of her work here and she also is a sewist and the needle cozy pictured here alone is a present from my cousin that she bought from Audur Bjort. It’s very nicely done and I love the fabric.
This little slide show, shows you Icelandic wool and traditional patterns. The wool is hand dyed using natural dye stuff and the company is called Thingborgir.
And now it’s time for the indie dyers. There were two doing trunk shows on this day.
The first dyer is Fra Heradi or in English From the Shire and she is on Etsy. The last picture showing two beautiful MCN skeins is of the yarns my cousin gifted me! Amazing!
The second indie dyer is called Vivid Wool and I believe she too is on Etsy
Her yarn looks very nice too.
The colorful crochet blanket pictured here, I believe is a design by design team called The Harbour Project. They run a knitting and crochet blog in English and sell their patterns on Ravelry.
I think I can safely say that the first ever yarn crawl in Reykjavik, Iceland was a success. I loved following from afar via my cousin. The goodies she gifted me are gorgeous and I can’t wait to use them for something amazing.
That’s all for today. Have a wonderful weekend and happy knitting:)