I am home! I sort of knew I would like Iceland, but I was not prepared to be totally blown away. Due to my annoying health issues, we did not quite accomplish everything we’d set out to, but we met some lovely people, learned much more about Icelandic wool and textiles, and gained a taste of a truly incredible landscape and culture that makes me immediately want to return. I think I might have to do just that. I’m processing my photographs and will show you more very soon!

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  1. I was in Iceland in December. Such a magical place! Everyone wore hand knitted item. Felt among people who understood me. Lol.


  2. I loved the book ‘Burial Rites’ by Hannah Kent, with the Icelandic culture in the 19th’s as background. Maybe you can travel back for a few hours with the book?


  3. These photos look completely amazing, I am really looking forward to hearing more about your travels. I am sad to hear that you did not have the full WAZZPOWERZ to do everything on your itinerary – HOW FRUSTRATING! – but it looks like you gleaned some inspiring experiences out of the travels in spite of the setbacks. Your photos – as ever – are epic and atmospheric. I have never been to Iceland, but was incredibly struck by a description of it as “young and explosive” that Björk provided in a 1990s TV documentary about Homogenic. That album really explores the specific textures and tectonics of the Icelandic landscape, and I feel the same sense of drama and grit in the glimpses you provide here. Hurrah for new inspirations from Iceland for your amazing knitting practice!


  4. Iceland really is THE most amazing place. wonderful scenery, fascinating people, great food and wool and knitwear everywhere. i’d go back in a heartbeat too!


  5. I’m so glad you liked Iceland! I loved it so much myself that it makes me happy when other people liked it too. The landscape is like nothing else I’ve encountered (the closest is parts of south New Zealand, odd to say – something about the wildness and how remote it is). The lopi and knitting is fantastic – it feels like a part of everyday life, not something put on for tourists to see. Did you see copies of Sjónabók (Ornaments and Patterns found in Iceland)? This is a book full of old knitting, weaving and embroidery patterns, and it is crazy-good, full of such richness. I hope you saw the illuminated manuscripts too, it’s amazing to thing that such a small population living on the edge of survival for so long has invested so much in its literature so far back into its history. Oh, I could go on for ages…


  6. Welcome back Kate! I’m so pleased to hear you and Mel had a great time. I’m sorry to hear that you weren’t able to do everything you set out to, but I see you’re already making plans to return.
    The photos are beautiful and I can’t wait to see what else you’re going to share about your time in Iceland.


  7. Oh my goodness, how breathtaking. The photo with the knitted sweater/wrap? looks like a Helene Magnusson pattern, I know she does tours sometimes, did you do one of hers? I am sorry to hear you didn’t get to do all that you wished, I guess it just means you’ll have to keep going back until you check everything off your list (of course the question is wether that is possible in one lifetime)!


  8. Love the photos! A perfect way to start my Monday was a nice little trip to Iceland . . . oh wind I can relate to wind let me tell you as I live on the Bering Sea in a village that is named after wind.


  9. Promise, last comment. I too, was so blown away by Iceland. I thought they were messing with us, like some of the scenery just couldn’t be real. The snow on the mountain top you see? Well that would be a glacier the size of Luxembourg. Loved Vik and the little houses for the hidden people around that area. But that wind…wow. Perhaps we will have a small drink to toast Iceland tonight after work. We brought back Brenevin…aka: Black Death:)


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