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Reykjavík Underground Yarnstormers

I had never yarnstormed in a group before but last Tuesday night I did. There is a group of sneaky stitchers called Reykjavík Underground Yarnstormers and I’m one of them. We went out on the town and dressed some of Reykjavík’s statues.

The statue I chose was very personal for me. It’s outside the maternity ward at the National Hospital and called Mother and child. There was just something so right about being 6+ months pregnant, dressing up a statue of a child in the famous Baby Surprise Jacket by Elizabeth Zimmermann outside the place you’re going to give birth this summer.

The statue is called Mother and child and was made by Tove Ólafsson in 1979.
Tove was born in 1909.

Outside the maternity ward at the National Hospital in Reykjavík.

The Baby Surprise Jacket by Elizabeth Zimmermann
is a perfect match for the little baby.


Check out the Reykjavík Underground Yarnstormers page for more photos from the group’s first yarnstorm. Oh, and be sure to stay tuned, there are more coming…

Udderly beautiful!

It was a still, beautiful April morning, a great day for a yarnstorm!

Skagafjörður, where I am from, is known for its horses and good singers. There is a statue of a horse in my hometown, Sauðárkrókur. I thought it might need a little… wooly touch.

The statue is located in the middle of the town.


There are not really many people around at 6am.


My (not so afraid of heights) extra set of hands taking care of things.


Udder needs to be fastened!

Udderly beautiful!


Proud  udder owner!

Sauðárkrókur

For the biggest part of my childhood I grew up in Sauðárkrókur, a small town in north Iceland. When going there for a little holiday I wanted to show my graditude to the town that raised me (doesn’t it say that it takes a village to raise a child?) and leave a little wooly goodness.

Being six months pregnant makes yarnstorming a little challenging…

The beautiful islands out on the fjord Skagafjörður, Málmey on the left and Þórðarhöfði cape
(not really an island unless there is high tide) on the right. The third one, Drangey,
sometimes called the Queen of Skagafjörður, is missing in action.

Adding the tag…

Ta da! 

Sheep bump yarnstorm!

For some people, the location of yarn graffiti is everything. When I saw this “ristahlið” (yes, that’s Icelandic and I have no idea what it’s called in English so from now on, this is a sheep bump, courtesy of my husband) I knew it was a place for a yarnstorm.

So I yarnstormed!

Making the world prettier, one sheep bump at a time ;)

Probably not the best working conditions for a pregnant woman with hip pain
but when you feel the need to yarnstorm there is no stopping you…

Don’t mind me, I’m just… eh… stitchin’

And we’re done!

All done!


 

Pathological yarnstorming ;)

I wanted to yarnstorm but I didn’t know where. So I told my husband we were going for a drive. We ended up at Keldur – Institute for Experimental Pathology, University of Iceland. And I made it a little furrier. And warmer.

Starting the stitching…

Almost there… thank Odinn for the mitts!

Putting my tag on.
Thank you Anne for this great design and thanks Sarah for the help!

Ta-da! A little yarnstorm to make the world a little warmer :)

Yarn and the city: Craft in street art

I’m graduating with my BA degree in folklore from the University of Iceland this February. It was clear to me from the beginning that my thesis would have something to do with yarn and after a little thought on the matter I decided to write about yarn graffiti. The thesis is called, in English, Yarn and the city: Craft in street art. It is written in Icelandic but don’t worry, there will be an article about it one day, in English.

To celebrate, I yarnstormed outside the National and University Library of Iceland, where my thesis is kept.

The National and University Library of Iceland stores all of our literary goodies. And my thesis ;)

Good mitts are crucial when yarnstorming in Iceland in February…

If you look closely (or not so closely) you can see Hallgrímskirkja (the big church downtown Reykjavík)…

All done!


Knitty Attitude was here!

A breast Yarnstorm!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month so I decided to do a boobie yarnbomb. Today is also Big Breast Yarnbomb day so it fitted perfectly!

Everything ready for a yarnstorm

One boobie…

Krabbameinsfélagið is The Icelandic Cancer Society. I thought it would make the people
that work there happy to see yarnbreasts when they come in on Monday.

The wind and rain did not help at all…

It takes loads of concentration to stitch boobies

A boobie and a sign

All done!