Hi there, how are you?
I am writing this on a Friday afternoon just at the end of my work week and outside it is raining and gloomy. I’m so happy to be done with work for the week. Unfortunately weekends never last long enough. There is always so much to do and time just flies by.
I wish all weekends were 3 day weekends, that way we could use two days for all the weekly chores like shopping, cleaning, washing, homework etc and still have one entire day to just relax and knit! What a dream that would be!
But there is not much you or I can do about that so we make do!
This weekend will be busy as always and on top of the usual chores there will be some Christmas shopping. I really do not much enjoy Christmas shopping as the shops are all crowded and busy and I end up being tired and annoyed so I often do as much online gift shopping as I can on top of whatever gifts I make myself.
But I will have to do a little bit of actual shopping:)
But I am still planning of making sure I get a few hours Saturday and again Sunday to just relax and knit. I do have two test knits that need some serious working on on top of last minute gift knitting I suddenly decided had to be done!
But the idea behind posting today was not to just rant but to actually share with you my latest yarn haul from Iceland as well as introduce you to the yarn shop I chose so if/when you go to Iceland, you know where to go.
So I went to Iceland for a little while in November for personal and professional reasons. I of course could not refrain from a minimum of yarn shopping and I was able to visit 2 shops and I ended up buying way more yarn that I had planned on.
The first yarn shop I went to is in a village called Hafnarfjordur which is close to Reykjavik. This is not really a yarn shop as such but rather a gift shop where they sell all sorts of indie created items such as hand made gift cards, candles, leather bags and a little bit of yarn.
I will tell you more about that shop later. Today I want to tell you about the second shop I visited as that is where most of the “damage” was done.
As the title of this blog says, the shop is called Amma Mùs which in English means Granny Mouse. This shop is in Reykjavik in a rather central location with plenty of parking space.
I have been there once before but never got around to blogging about my visit.
This is a rather big shop that sells lots of yarns of course as well as knitting needles and crochet hooks, haberdashery , books and embroidery kits.
I feel like this shop specialises in nordic yarns, that is they have a very good selection of yarns from Denmark and Norway mostly. And as I’m slowly being drawn more towards more rustic yarns this is a big attraction for me.
I arrived on a Saturday afternoon shortly before closing so I was not able to spend as much time there as I would have liked but then that is maybe just as well.
This shop has a Facebook page and they organise knitting cafes and hopefully I will one day be able to participate in one of those.
So as you can see from the pictures, there is plenty for any knitter to indulge themselves.
But what did I buy???
First let me show you the nice reusable tote bag they gave me to hold all my skeins of yarn! That was a nice gesture and much appreciated.
Have you ever seen these? I had not. I went to the shop’s FB page before going and I saw a post with these and of course had to get a set. So these mini flexible needles are to be used either as cable needles or to hold stitches say for a thumb if you are knitting mittens or underarm stitches if you are knitting a garment. I thought this was just brilliant. I haven’t used them yet but I will be sure to let you know what I think once I do.
Rauma Finull Garn. If you like Norwegian patterns and follow Ellie of Skeindeer knits on YouTube, you will be familiar with this yarn brand. So I have heard Ellie say a lot of good things about this yarn and her garments and mittens all look so lovely so I had to try for myself.
I only bought 2 skeins thinking I will knit a couple of pairs of mittens and if I like it as much as Ellie, I might buy a sweater’s quantity next time.
The shop has a small selection of yarns from the Fibre Company in the UK. I have also heard a lot about this yarn but never had a skein myself. I decided to pick up one skein of the fingering weight Cumbria. I have not decided what I will knit with this but possibly a cowl or use it in a shawl.
And then there was Isager! As I said before, this shop has a lot of Isager yarn and the yarn is beautiful! There are a number of different bases and this time I went all out on one single base called Isager Spinni Tweed.
This is a very fine almost lace weight yarn, single ply and with a somewhat rustic feel.
I bought these 3 thinking I would knit either a shawl or a cardigan. Each skein has a lot of yardage so maybe this would be enough for a 3/4 sleeved cardi. I just fell for the muted colours.
Now this is for a shawl. Before going to the shop, I had been on Ravelry and Ankestrick had just released a new amazing shawl pattern that I purchased and so I absolutely wanted to get some yarn for that shawl. The pattern does not call for this particular yarn but I’m sure it will be gorgeous anyway. The pattern is called Long Shadows and you can see it on Ravelry here
So not bad for one visit right?
Anyway if you are going to Iceland any time soon I really recommend you check out Amma Mus in Reykjavik for inspiration and quality yarns.
This is all for today folks. I wish you a relaxing weekend with plenty of knitting time (I hope). Next time I will show you some of my knitting progress and tell you about my new sock pattern buying obsession! I’m buying all the Christmas Sock patterns!
Take care for now:)