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Yarnstorm coming up…

Reykjavík Underground Yarnstormers are heading to their biggest yarnstorm yet. It’s going to be big and moving. Don’t miss it!

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Gavstrik – Nordic knitting symposium

Gavstrik – Nordic knitting symposium was held in the town of Borgarnes in West Iceland this week. I drove up there yesterday and gave a presentation about yarn graffiti for 100+ knitters. I really enjoyed it and I hope that I have inspired some knitters to yarnstorm.

Here I am, talking about my thesis in folklore: Yarn and the city: Craft in street art.

And of course I couldn’t leave a knitting conference where I talked about yarn graffiti without leaving a little demonstration…

For the first time in my yarnstorming career I was busted in action and photographed….

Borgarnes yarnstorm!

Borgarnes is a little town in the West part of Iceland. Near Borgarnes there is even a smaller town called Varmaland. Ok, it’s not a town, it’s probably not even a village. There are a few houses, a school and a sport center with a full size swimming pool. And in Iceland when we say a few houses, we really mean few. Like 15 to 20 houses.

I lived in this cute little place Varmaland for two years. It was there were I first yarnstormed. When I lived there I was invited to a knitting club of seven magnificent women and when I moved away I just couldn’t stop seeing them. So every three weeks or so we meet up, some of us do some crafting, others don’t and we chat and eat cake. Lots of cake!

Yesterday was one of those nights and I decided that Borgarnes really needed a little yarnstrom. So I gave it a little wooly touch, right on the main street.

The main street in Borgarnes, Borgarbraut.

 

Careful! Yarnstormer crossing.

 

Yarnstorming on the first day of summer!

Today is the first day of summer in Iceland. According to the old calendar we used in Iceland before we took up the Gregorian calendar the first day of summer is the first day of the month Harpa. It’s a public holiday and always on a Thursday someday between 19th. and 25th. of April.

Today I decided to celebrate summer my own way. Took my yarnstorming bag, the camera and the driver/photographer/husband and went for a drive. The weather was gorgeous so we drove to Grótta. Grótta has a cute lighthouse and the view over Snæfellsjökull glacier and Snæfellsnes peninsula was just magnificent. Snæfellsjökull is a volcano covered by a glacier. It’s the actual place where they entered the ground in Jules Verne’s story, A Journey to the Center of the Earth.

As soon as I saw a huge anchor I knew this was it.

I’m not sure if I’ve ever yarnstormed with such magnificent background!
Grótta lighthouse and Snæfellsjökull glacier.

 

Mount Esja is also pretty good in the background.
And notice the biker resting by the shore.
I didn’t see him until halfway into the stitching.


Attaching my tag.

 

Grótta Lighthouse, a yarnstormed anchor and Snæfellsjökull glacier.

 

Happy summer!

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!