Monday, April 7, 2014

Yarn shopping in Iceland.

I´m not finished with my Camomille, but still I have bought yarn for the next 2 projects.  I have never made a guide on where to buy yarn when in Iceland (or should I say Reykjavik and surrounding area), so here are a few tips.  Organized by Location:


Yarn for my next project, bought with money my inlaws gave me for my birthday, intended in a cardigan for me, but very tempting to make cardigans for both of my girls. 

If you are in need of Abuelita, Madelinetosh, Cascade, Randalína (I tink it is Evilla/Kauni from Estonia or something similar).  Handprjó , is in my beautiful hometown of Hafnarfjörður, only 10km from Reykjavík city center. The crazy thing about this store is that it also sells showers (yeas you read right, shower/yarn store, it used to be part yarn mostly showers but now it has turned around, yarn is taking over the store and the showers are in the back)  If you visit Hafnarfjörður I would Recommend to go to one of the Swimming pools there (Suðurbæjarlaug (outdoor) or Ásvallalaug (indoor) and then take a stroll in the town center with your newly bought yarn and get some Ice cream, and/or to Súffisstin (coffe shop), or a bakery where you could relax eat something delicious and knit with the new yarn.  Hellisgerði is one of my favourite places for a picnic, my grandmother used to live right across from it so I spent countless hours there playing as a kid.

Another store in Hafnarfjörður (well should I say supermarket corner) is Rokka. I know as a knitter you should support yarn stores and not big supermarket chains,  but this store is not like any other supermarkets. This store is not a chain, it is a family owned and they only one this one store. They have a big selection of Istex (Icelandic wool), all colors available and they have a big selection of Sandnes .They also carry a more modest selection of other yarn brands ; Navia, Hjertegarn, Rauma, Lotus Yarn.


picture stolen from Litla prjónabúðin´s facebook page

If you are looking for something fresh, Litla Prjónabúðin is your place (if a yarn store could be a hipster this would be one). They sell Pom Pom magasin, several danish and organic yarns .  The owner is active on Facebook, and you can browse for pictures of the yarn that the store carries, which includes GeilskDieforyarnStrikkebogen, Shibui baby alpaccaAskeladen, BC-garn, Juno, Istex

Crazy Zauerball bought at Storkurinn - intended for socks for my girls, very tempting to make a pair for me instead.
If you need Debbie Bliss, Noro, Zauerball, Schoppel Wolle, Brooklyn tweed, Istex.  Storkurinn is your place, right in Reykjavik city center on Laugavegur. They have a big selection and are worth the stop.

Erla, carries drops, and has a big selection of needlework. Love the traditional Icelandic needlework kits.  Facebook page link 

Picture "borrowed" from Amma mús facebook page.
Amma mús (grandma mouse) carries Isager,Rauma, yarns, and if you are into needlework this is your place to be. They aren´t exactly hip at this store, but they do carry lovely yarns. The store can be found in two places both on Laugavegur (city center) and Ármúli.  I however haven´t been in the store in the city center so maybe that store is more current?

Garnbúðin Gauja, this is my mother-in laws favourite store.  They sell lang yarns, Filcolana, Katia, Rasmilla, Istex

Handprjónasambandið.  Icelandic wool and handknitted Icelandic wool sweaters.

National museum of Iceland,  is not a yarn store, but they do have a lovely gift shop that sells some yarn kits with tradional icelandic patterns. You don´t have to go into the museum to enjoy the coffee shop and the gift shop.  


Rósa Amma (grandma Rósa), is a store that I have never been to it is rather new. I will maybe go this summer, when whether is nice and I need a long walk.  But in my defence I´ve been running several times past this store (not like I can stop by all sweaty in my running clothes, and asking my running buddies to wait while I go yarn petting). This store carries Mayflower, yarn for knitting machines, unspun finish yarn (color changing yarn)

Föndra, carries drops and phildar. I however never seem to find the colors I want there, but they also sell fabric and other craft things.  This store is very close to my home, only 5 min walk, so I often drop there by, but rarely buy anything. 

Hannyrðaverslunin Mólý, didn´t find a website or active facebook page and I really can´t remember all the yarns they sell, but I think it is Navia, Sandnes and Istex. 

* I may not have listed all the yarns the stores sell, I only listed what I found interesting.  The opening hours below might also be subjected to change so please check before you make a trip on the facebook pages of the stores.  This post is also long enough , so I will just have to make another post at one point for tips for yarn worthy stops in another parts of the country. 


Álafoss Factory store.  Any serious yarn loving tourist would make the trip out there. Beautiful surroundings, rich history, coffe shop, and last but not least the full range of Istex yarns, and also a big selection of already knitted souvenirs.


  • Handprjón: Reykjavíkurvegur 64, 220 Hafnarfjörður.  Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11-18, Sat 11-14 (only open on saturdays during winter). 
  • Rokka, Fjarðarkaup: Hólshraun 1, 220 Hafnarfjörður. Openining hours: Mon-Wed 09-18, Thur 09-18:30, Fri 09-19:00. Sat 10-16.
  • Storkurinn:  Kjörgarði, Laugavegur 59, 2 floor, 101 Reykjavík.  Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11-18, Sat 12-16.
  • Litla Prjónabúðin: Hátún 6a, 105 Reykjavík.  Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11-18, Sat 11-14.
  • Amma mús: Ármúli 18, 108 Reykjavík  and Laugavegur.  Opening hours Ármúli: Mon-Fri 09-18:00, Sat 11-15. Laugavegur: Mon-Fri 11-17, Sat 11-17, Sun 12-17.
  • Garnbúðin Gauja, Mjódd (a bus change station). Þönglabakki 4, 109 Reykjavík.  Didn´t find opening hours on the web page, but it is probably similar to the other yarn stores listed here.
  • Rósa Amma, Nýbýlavegur 14, 200 Kópavogur. Opening hours; Mon - Fri 10-18, Sat 12-15.
  • Föndra: Dalvegur 18, 201 Kópavogur.
  • Hannyrðaverslunin Mólý, Nýbýlavegur 30, 200 Kópavogur.
  • Erla Hannyrðaverslun: Snorrabraut 38, 101 Reykjavík. Opening hours; Mon-Fri 11-18, Sat 11-14.

* I did not list addresses for stores that already have an english version of the webpages, and are known turist stops (Handprjónasambandið and Álafoss). 

Friday, March 28, 2014

Dress to Impress

My sister in law asked my for ideas on a pattern for a dress for her 8 year old girl.  Here are some of the ideas I gave her, we however have very different taste so I´m not sure she will knit any of them. But these are patterns that I could see myself knit, or at least some version of them.

Goldfishbowl dress: 


Deer Dress

Rose  - this might be my next project after I finish Camomille, I just love this simple dress

Friday, March 21, 2014


I tried my hand at this pattern again, and used fewer stitches, a lot fewer 108 stitches.  But should have made it rather 96 stitches, since it grew alot with wear.  Yarn from my winter sweater ( Sandnes Silk Mohair, and Einband from Istex)

I´m still working on my Camomille shawl, I don´t have much time to knit so it grows slowly but I can´t wait for it to be finished so I can start wearing it. 

Monday, March 17, 2014

Hoping for Spring

Winter is still here, but my knitting is going towards spring.

I´ve started on Camomille shawl, which I have been planning to knit for several years. Finally started and can´t wait to finish it.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Winter is here

First thing made for me this year (well second if you count the beanie I made and haven´t shown you).  I finally finished it yesterday, but the weather was not really in the same birthday mood as I was, so these pictures will have to do.

There is no pattern, just a simple raglan sweater, made from Mohair silk from Sandnes, and Einband.  These two make a lovely combination. 

apart from the weather I got some really nice birthday presents, like the Sjónabók (700 pages of  patterns and ornamets from Iceland, these charts are from the 17th, 18th and the 19th century).

And I also got another pattern book, this one is from Faroe Islands, and a bit different than the Icelandic book, more graphic and simple patterns, but some are similar, but the Faroe island patterns are more simple.

I love both my new books, and I already have a lot of ideas, but this 24 hours a day thing is not working in my favor right now.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

My knitting corner

After seeing Meretes knitting corner, and her knitting mess, I was relieved to see that there are others that are slowly taking over the living room with yarn and other knitting things.

I´m usually very organized person and like to keep my home minimalistic, but it is hard to keep organized when the yarn cant stop behaving like rabbits and multiplying exponentially.  One of the turkish blue boxes is intended to keep current projects that I´m working on (when I´m not knitting), the other box is intended to keep all my needles and things like measuring tape and etc.  The red bucket is intended as a yarn storage.  In reality as you can see I have two bags with UFOs, I have knitting patterns in paper versions that need to be organized, I have some yarn laying around in the closet.  And the white chest on the left, is not intended for my yarn, but houses a lot of leftovers and other things that are to be used in the near future (well or never).  My number one accessory is however my wool blanket (the one with the horses), I seldom knit without it. 

Below is a picture of my current project, that you can also see a bit further progressed on the sofa., Something for me finally on the needles:) Mixture of silk mohair and Einband, it is so soft, I can´t stop petting it. 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Three shades of purple

I have knitted 3 pair of pants in my lifetime, and they all look the same 

Exhibit A - pants that I just finished

Exhibit B - First pair

Exhibit C - second pair

In my defense, this time around the color was chosen by the recipient, my idea was gray, hers were brown, or this purple. I tried to get my way but was unsuccessful, she´s the most determined person I know.  Her determination are one of the things that I love the most about her and also the thing that is most difficult to deal with in a 3 year old.  Technically they are also not all purple, the pair for my younger daughter is pale pink.

The pants were knitted on 4mm needles with Smart yarn, bigger needles than recommended combined with my loose knitting resulted in a bit longer pants than intended. I knew that they would grow, just not how much.  But since I knew that they would grow I made a long ribbing at the bottom, that would keep them up, and it worked perfectly, they are big but not that big that she can´t wear them.  

They are big hit, and will probably be in use for a long time, just like the first version of this pattern. Which have been in use for the last 2 years.

Needles: 3mm and 4mm
yarn: Smart
Pattern: garnstudio

The modifications that I made this time around are, they are made because my daughter is slim and I´m using another yarn than the pattern is written for.
  • cast on: 6-9 months size (96 stitches), 
  • Made 3x3 ribbing at the beginning
  • work the pattern until you get to the increases, then increase total of 12 times and end up with 120 stitches 
  • made no decreases until the last round before I started the 3x3 ribbing at the bottom
  • made the leg and the ribbing longer than the pattern states (around 45 cm that grew to 50 cm 

I think I will have to make another pair at somepoint in gray for my younger daughter who has no say in what colors she wears. She is though still wearing these pants, but they will be to small for next winter.