Litla Prjonabudin in Reykjavik, Iceland

Hi there, I’m back with the rest of my yarn haul from Iceland. This time I’m going to share with you this lovely knitting shop that I discovered on my last trip to Iceland. I learned about this shop from my friend and designer Cat Bordhi. When Cat does knitting retreats in Iceland, she brings her retreat-ees to this shop and that to me was a gauge of quality.

The name, Littla Prjonabudin, means the Little Knitting Shop but it’s not so little in real life. It is located not far from the supermarket I shared with you in my last post. This is not in downtown Reykjavik so you do have to know it’s there or you will not find it. The shop is run by a very nice young lady who accepted me taking some pictures of the inside of her shop.

She has a wonderful selection of yarns and accessories. All the brands you see and hear about online like Quince and Co, Twig and Horn, Fringe Supply Co, Hiya Hiya, Regia sock yarns and a selection of scandinavian yarns and at least one indie dyer from Finland called Knitlob’s Lair. She also has a great selection of knitting magazines like PomPom, Amirisu etc.

The interior is a little vintage looking and she has sofas and chairs to sit down and knit a few stitches.

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The outside of the shop

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Here you can see some of the Quince and Co yarns

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pattern books

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A little knitting nook

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colorful sock yarns

 

Doesn’t this look inviting and tempting to you?

I could have made some serious damage there had I had the finances to! I wanted another Fringe supply co bag, A Twig and Horn tote bag, a couple of sweater quantities of Quince and Co yarns, 10 or so balls of Regia and Opal sock yarns and a few skeins of indie dyed yarns along with a lovely selection of knitting magazines and books! Yebb, I mostly wanted to buy EVERYTHING in there!

Not having unlimited cash for yarn I did have to limit myself and I purchased an issue of Amirisu, the one called Iceland and is mostly about knitting in Iceland and patterns inspired by Iceland. And then I purchased two skeins of Regia Pairfect sock yarn from the Arne and Carlos range.

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I think these will make for very nice pairs.

And of course I had to try this new to me indie dyer from Finland, Knitlob’s Lair.

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This is a 100 % superwash merino in fingering weight. I love the colors. I’m not sure what I’ll knit with this. Maybe a sockhead hat? Maybe a cowl? Maybe a pair of bedsocks? We’ll see.

So if you are ever in Iceland and want to visit a yarn shop, this would be a good candidate. She doesn’t have a web page really (it’s just a page with here address and FB details) but you can follow her and/or contact via her Fb page which by clicking here

This sums up my yarny adventures in Iceland for this time around.  More to come on my trip to Glasgow. I hope you have enjoyed learning about this little yarn shop in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Until next time I hope you have a wonderful weekend with lots of knitting time. See you soon 🙂

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 🙂

 

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:)