Friday, July 29, 2016

off the needles someone else's

There were sheep everywhere along the highway.  Some were even inside the fence.  There were sheep as black as coal, grey sheep, brown sheep in several shades,  lots of white sheep and some were two toned in black and white or brown and white.
 This is the sweater I bought in Iceland.  The yarns are all the natural colors of the sheep. It is so cozy warm and lightweight.  Icelandic sheep are special, the under wool is soft and warm and the outer fleece fibers are strong and water repellant and have a little sheen to them. The yoke is the same in the front as the back so you are supposed to alternate wearing it so the elbows wear evenly.
I bought some yarn for mittens and don't really have a plan for the einband, its lace yarn, the tag was on the sweater and I hope it is the name of the woman who knit my sweater.  I love it! The lady in the shop told me there were 6 or 8 women who knit the sweaters for the shop, she was one of them and two other knitters were also in the shop when I was.  I bought buttons for a sweater for hubby, he likes the reindeer antler buttons best. I also bought buttons made from rams horns and a couple little sheep for my miniature shelf or to mix in with the Christmas creche. 
 And I always look for a Santa.

These were the bags from the locally hand made shops.  Newspaper.......the one with the chickens is a sheet of paper folded and machine sewn then holes were punched for yarn ties.  The other is folded and glued just like a brown paper lunch bag with yarn handles.  What a great way to recycle! 

 These wooden figures were in the hotel, they made me smile.

This yarn waterfall was at the airport in Keflavik.   Maybe next week I'll have some knitting to show.  --Ann-- Linking to Judy's OTN

Thursday, July 28, 2016

More rocks in Iceland

 I like the rocks that have water flowing over them and sometimes a crazy person
 He did it more than once!

 another waterfall on the same river.

 More flowers growing on the rocks

another body of water falling over more rocks
 The space between where the North American plate and the European plate are seperating by 2 cm per year.  The space between is 7 kilometers.

 The dark strip in the middle is the European rift.
 North American rift is a rock wall
 Balancing rock on the North American wall

Man made rocks.
and a few flowers at the botanical garden

I would have liked to spend a lot more time walking on the rocks looking at the flowers.  --Ann--

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Rocks in Iceland

Iceland is made of rocks, big rocks and little rocks, rough rocks and smooth rocks. Miles and miles of lava flow rocks, they seem to go on forever, eventually moss grows on the rocks then other plants take root in the moss.

There are basalt columns like the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland all over Iceland.  The five and six sided columns have been jiggled, shook and cracked by earthquakes so they are scattered every which direction, then they have been bent and moved by glaciers and volcanic flow, they have become home for birds who don't show them much respect. 

Seaweed grows on the rocks and the seals lay on the rocks.
 A glacier carving a valley out of the rock.  U shaped valleys are made by glaciers, V shaped valleys are made by running water  Iceland has lots of valleys and gullies.
 icebergs from the glacier and the rocks left behind by the receding glacier.

 Black lava pebble beach.   More tomorrow --Ann--