My time spent in Iceland last year holds a special place in my heart. So many good memories of such a beautiful country, warm people and happy sheep!
I keep meaning to write more blog posts about my trip…they ARE coming…but as I’ve said before, it’s so hard to capture the experience in pictures and words.
Recently though, I completed a shawl from a yarn kit I bought while I was in Reykjavik. It was a yarn kit created by Gudrun Bjarnadottir, the owner of Hespa. Gudrun takes Einband, a single ply Icelandic wool yarn, and dyes it naturally, mainly with native Icelandic plants.
Perhaps letting her speak for herself is a better idea:
“I teach Botany at the Agricultural University of Iceland at Hvanneyri. I spend all my spare time collecting plants and coloring yarn. I also make my own yarn from the Icelandic wool. Plants, knitting and nature are my favorite things and I am so lucky to be able to combine them all in my work and life.” (Etsy Owner Description)
At the end of our Hiking with the Elves tour, we had a workshop run by Gudrun. She explained her process and discussed the various plants and lichens used to create the various colours of yarn. Continue reading “Hyrna, an Icelandic Shawl, & Continental Knitting”