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From Brassband who is Patricia from Dedham MA
I have enjoyed finding books and travel information about Iceland and looking at Icelandic patterns for knits. So happy you had a wonderful trip without problems. I am reading a book now, Windows of Brimnes by Biill Holm, who is a wonderful American Icelandic man who died in 2009. Holm was a frequent guest on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie “Home Companion” radio show, and some of his poems were included in Keillor’s “Writer’s Almanac.” He was a fanatic about Iceland and so interesting.
My question is did you travel to his Icelandic home in Hofsos? He has permanent home in Minnesoda as well. Another question, do the sheep and cattle look different in Iceland, behavior or physical characteristics? Is the wool different in any way?
The Windows of Brimnes: An American in Iceland by Bill Holm
I know next to nothing about cattle--reminded me somewhat of Highland Cows of Scotland. The milk cows at the farm hotel looked like Jerseys. There are small Icelandic horses.
Raised for meat. Sheep industry accounts for 1/3 of Icelandic economy.One of oldest and purest breeds in the world, descended from Norwegian sheep brought to Iceland around 900 AD. No sheep have been imported into Iceland so they can keep the breed pure. May look quite different within the breed.
- Wool is dual coat. ƥel is the softer undercoat.
- Tog is the long coarse outer coat. Tog is a true wool not guard hair.
- Ƥ is called thorn.
- Icelandic Sheep were brought to North America in 1985 (Canada) and all Icelandic sheep in North America come from these.
- Sheep are hardy and can withstand cold. Graze in harsh conditions.
- Without the Icelandic sheep, Icelanders probably would not have survived over the centuries.
- Rams is an Icelandic film on Netflix.
Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook by Deborah Robson and Carol Ekarius
From Tessa from Edmonton, Alberta CA
I listen to a lot of true crime podcasts, so yours is a needed break in between to lighten things up!
I can’t help but message you about this - you mention a couple of times in the early podcasts that you’ve used circular needles to knit flat. The way it was worded, it sounded as though you were using two sets of circular needles with stoppers on the end to knit back and forth on to each needle - is this really how you do it? I use circular needles for flats fairly regularly, but I knit back and forth on the same circular needle and it seems very intuitive and easy to keep my work on. Surely this is what you meant? Using two full corded needles sounds so cumbersome, I can’t even imagine. I used this method on the baby Norwegian sweater I did, I should have done it in the round but I’m a new knitter and didn’t yet feel confident in altering the pattern. Anyway, I used a 80cm circular to knit back and forth and it didn’t seem too horrible. Forgive me if I completely misunderstood you and this comment is super obvious.
You have the idea, Tessa. You can use one circular needle to knit flat or you can use two circular needles with stoppers. The reason for the latter is that you might have a lot of stitches on the needle which can be difficult to push along the cord.
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What got the ball rolling in Iceland…I fell in love with Angie’s gloves.
Lucy Gloves by Dawn Catanzaro
- My first pair! For so many years I’ve been put off by the idea of knitting gloves…all those fingers!
- Very comfortable with dpn’s and magic loop but I would say that for gloves, dpn’s definitely my choice.
- I was thinking I should not wear them that much so they don’t wear out but the fingers would be so easy to replace compared to mittens.
- Knit them in 4 days!
More gloves In the Pipeline: Free pattern is Knotty Gloves by Julia Mueller
Do you have any favorite glove patterns?
From DC Alaneknits
I’ve made only 2 flat bears. I didn’t like the sewing. You could try in the round next time. With your experience, it would be a simple leap. You can make it top down or bottom up.
I’d encourage everyone to try a bear. The need is great! She has sent 135,000 and I think she said she needs 19million!
Have a great week, haste ye back and hold your knitting close.