My trip to Iceland and the haul there

Hi again and thank you for coming back. So as you may know, I went to Iceland for a few days this month and as always, wherever I go I have to buy yarn! And so of course this time was no exception.

Knitting is big in Iceland and the knitting culture is somewhat different from the one in Europe and the US I think. A lot of Icelandic knitters only knit using the Icelandic lopi and so mostly knit the traditional lopi sweaters as well as mittens, socks and hats using the lopi yarn.

There is a lot of Scandinavian yarn on offer, more than one sees in Europe and probably the US too. I also feel that the patterns are different, the style more Scandinavian somehow. Yarn can be found in most supermarkets. Of course depending on the size of the shop the  yarn department will be big or not and their selection of yarns differ. On this trip I went to Hagkaup which is a chain of supermarkets and I went to the one in Skeifan (as a reference if you are going to Iceland) as they have a nice selection of yarns. They have of course all the Icelandic lopi and einband yarns and then they have a selection of Danish and Norwegian yarns. The biggest brands probably Drops, Sandnes and Dale yarns.

At Hagkaup I purchased a selection (4) of Alpaca and silk yarn from Sandnes Garn. Those are 50 gr balls, 200 meters of 70% baby alpaca and 30% mulberry silk. It is super soft to the touch and has a slight halo to it. I’m thinking I’ll knit a shawl with this. I chose a sort of gradient so I think it will look great in either a shawl or a cowl.

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Don’t these look super nice? I also purchased 2 more balls in a similar blend from Sandnes that I’m including in a swap I’m doing soon.

Here are some pictures from the yarn department at this particular supermarket.

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A selection of Icelandic pattern magazines

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yarns

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The Icelandic yarns

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more yarns

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Icelandic knitting books

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more yarns

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these are the alpaca and silk blends among others from Sandnes

 

Lots of yarns to fall for here 🙂

That’s all for now. In my next post I’ll share another yarn shop in Iceland and my haul there 🙂

 

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More from my trip to Iceland

Hi there, how are you today? I hope your weekend has been fun and filled with lots of quality knitting time.

As promised here is the rest of my yarn haul from my trip to Iceland this January. So like I said in my latest post, I first went to this grocery shop and bought lots of yarn and beautiful fur pompoms for future hats. Then after that we went to this yarn shop, a true LYS, called Handprjon. They also have a website which is www.handprjon.is

I had heard of this shop and I had been on their website but I really wanted to go there in person and I was not disappointed. It felt like the dream yarn shop: big, with lots of yarns and accessories. They have big brands like Regia, Cascade, Madeleinetosh, Manos del Urugay, Abuelita, Hedgehog Fibres and also lesser known brands like Zen Garden.

Here are some pictures from the shop

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A wall of yarn

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See how big this shop is?

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Here you see Regia, Madeleinetosh, Hedgehog and Zen Garden

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This is just brilliant! They were selling a pattern booklet to knit the Iceland mitts and hat

Does this not make you want to go and spend some time in their shop? The last picture, of the Iceland mittens and hat, I thought it was such a  brilliant pattern. I really love how they look.

The lady working the shop was very nice and we spent some time chatting about knitting, yarn and patterns. That was so nice. And of course I could not leave empty handed. I only bought two yarns but boy were they GORGEOUS yarns.

 

Beautiful don’t you think? I’m a lot into variegated and speckled yarns at the moment. And I think I have never knit with either of these brands so I’m very excited. I have a little doubt about Hedgehog, I may have tried that before but I’m not sure so I’m guessing I haven’t or I would remember. Both of these will become socks some time.

That’s it for today. Have a lovely Sunday and a wonderful new week. I look forward to being back and chatting with you:)

My trip to Iceland and the yarn I brought home with me

Hi there, thank you for stopping by today. I hope you are doing good and that so far your week is shaping up to be a good one.

As promised I’m going to share with you my little trip to Iceland. If you have been following me here for a while you may know that even though I live in Normandy, France, I’m actually Icelandic and all my family lives there except for my brother who lives in California.

I don’t go home enough. I used to go to Iceland 3-4 times a year but as the children have gotten older I find myself going less as I’m bound by school and school vacations. This January it was actually a whole year since my last trip home. That was way too long and so I’m hoping I’ll be able to go at least two more times this year. Seeing family and friends is important and even just being in Iceland, you know just the air, the scenery, the language, the people, the culture. It’s all so reassuring and familiar. It really feels good even though I now do consider France to be my home as I’ve been living here for 18 years!

Anyway, I had a lovely time with my family and got to see everyone even if I only stopped for 6 days. Of course I had to go yarn shopping! As one does when on vacation right?

So the last day in Iceland I went with my mother, who is also a knitter by the way, to a small town called Hafnafjordur. There we first went to this grocery store and if you follow knitters that go to Iceland, you may know that most grocery stores carry yarns. And this particular one has not just a section of yarn, it’s more like a yarn shop inside the grocery store.

I had never been there so it was fun to see and browse. They have a lot of scandinavian yarns in addition to the Icelandic lopi. And they also had a great selection of books, knitting needles and accessories of all kinds. and I did buy some yarn there and some fur pom poms that will make great hats.

Here are some pictures I took to show you

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This yarn is made of wool and nettles.

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Lots of knitting and crochet books

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gorgeous sweaters

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I found this pattern to be fun

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Love this sweatedr

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this is a beautiful child size cardigan

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more sweaters and I took this picture to show you the grocery shop right next to the yarn

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They had lots of store samples

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See the yarn in the racks? This is a new Icelandic yarn

 

So here is what I purchased from them

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Fur pompoms: The two grey are rabbit and the big one at the top is fox

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I had to try the wool and nettles yarn

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This was a cheap merino yarn from China I bought for a future fair isle project

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This is the new Icelandic yarn I had never seen: Einrum and this is a blend of Lopi and Thai silk

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And this is a self patterning sock yarn I wanted to try

 

That was a nice haul don’t you think? Later that day I went to another yarn shop but I think I’ll share that with you in a separate post as this is a lot for one day;

So thank you for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed seeing this yarn/grocery shop and the yarns I purchased. More to come soon 🙂

Iceland and works in progress

Hi there, how are you today? Fine I hope. I’m doing ok. I was going to post more last week but somehow time just disappeared into thin air! Hopefully I’ll have a little bit more time this week to do everything I need and want to do.

So like you know, I went home to Iceland for New Years. It had been a long time since I last went to Iceland so it was more than time to return. I spent a week just relaxing and meeting up with family and friends. We didn’t do anything special, no excursions or things like that. I know I probably should organise my visits better and do some sightseeing as my kids have yet to see a lot of Iceland but somehow, when I return, I just want to spend time with my family and friends. I don’t feel like doing the tourist thing so inevitably I end up just staying up late, sleeping in, visiting family and friends and eating a lot of delicious food and cakes and sweets.

This time the weather was quite nice and we did get some snow which was nice. My kids love snow, especially during Christmas and New Years. And even though I’m not much of a snow fan; I do admit that white ground really makes all the difference during the holidays.

Here are some pictures taken around where my parents live. Seeing the mountains while being “in the city” is just so nice. Don’t these pictures just scream zen? I really love the view and the landscape and the snow and the bright blue skies.

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Now one of the highlights of our visit was of course New Years Eve which is celebrated with the family in Iceland. Every year Icelanders spend a huge amount of money on fireworks and the show is amazing each time as everyone lights up the sky and I thought I’d share with you a short video I took this last New Years for you to see. You have to turn the volume on to fully “get the picture” 🙂

And now on to knitting. I finished a pair of socks, a pair that I began on Dec 31st as part of my #KnitFromStash2016 KAL. I really like how they turned out. I did find that the pattern sized small so in stead of having a pair of socks for myself they ended up being for my daughter. I think maybe it was because of the stitch pattern which was a sort of twisted stitch ribbing or maybe it was because I didn’t do a swatch! Either way, I just amended the pattern when I saw that the leg was not going to be big enough for myself and I didn’t want to rip back and start over. The yarn I used was Lornas Laces Shepherd Sock

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My progress on the Love of Spiders shawl is going slowly but surely

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Like I said last time, I was not going to cast on any new projects until I had actually finished my numerous wips but…..I’m not a very serious knitter and easily get distracted. Which means that of course I was unable to avoid casting on. So what happened is that I cast on 2 socks AND I decided to join a sock MKAL beginning this Friday, January 15th.

The MKAL can be found here. This will be a color work sock so I dyed my own yarn. I decided not to use the colours suggested by the designer but made up my own palette.

www.knittinginfrance.com There will also be some  white, undyed yarn. I’m looking forward to this sock kal, it’s the first time I join a mystery sock kal. Are you by any chance joining too?

And then there is the sock I’m knitting for my oldest. She came into my room a few days ago and picked up one of my hand dyed skeins and commented on how much she liked the color. So of course I had to cast on for a pair of socks for her! I’m using 2 colours, one for cuff, heel and toes and another for the main part of the sock. The contrast color I call Midnight because it is a sort of blue/black and sparkly color and the main color is one I dyed before Christmas and called ” Another Kind of  Christmas”.

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I really like how this is working up. I look forward to having the pair all done.

Now for the second sock I cast on, here’s a sneak peak but I’ll tell you more about that next time.

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Until next time, take care and enjoy your crafting:)