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


Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

Looks like a fun trip! My sister knits those sweaters and a friend knit one for me, but I never heard of reversing sides for even wear of elbows! Interesting. Cheers!

Ramona said...

thanks for sharing your purchases and finds. Santa is just adorable! And the sheep and people are so cleverly made. How fun.

Joyful Quilter said...

Thanks for sharing your photos, looks like you had a wonderful trip. Makes me want to go to Iceland.

Dar said...

After seeing your pictures and reading what you got, I want to go to Iceland. What an interesting trip. I love the idea about reversing the sweater for even wear. And those newspaper bags was just too clever. Thanks much for sharing. The yarn you brought home is beautiful. I love turquoise anything.