Now that it’s September I feel like I have permission to start thinking about the cooler weather ahead and with descending temps always comes… MORE KNITTING!
Last winter I dyed a collection of yarns inspired by the Winter Light…that misunderstood phenomenon that often gets a bad rap, as people think of us in the North wasting away in the ever present darkness.
Winter’s Light on Glacier Ice
But it isn’t actually always dark, not here at least. Continue reading
I planted two Stargazer Lily plants in the garden back in mid-June and I was sure they would bloom while I was gone..but they waited!
Stargazers bloom on August 27th
Two flowers opened with the sun today. I am loving their vibrant colors.
Ready for more blooms
Since arriving home and unpacking my Icelandic goodies I am most excited about my new paper yarn from Finland. Continue reading
I’ve made it home and it’s bittersweet. It’s good to be home, I was ready to be done with driving my overpacked little car, getting lost, spending money for every little thing and being rather perpetually wet. And what a place to come home to, Cordova is just spectacular, it’s really hard to top the beauty of this place on a clear day. And surprisingly Alaska is quite a bit warmer than Iceland right now. I feel like I’ve been catapulted back to summer, or at least the tail end of summer in the north.
Colors in Old Harbor District in Rékjavik
But I was sad to leave Iceland. My heart is heavy with the feeling of separation.
Goðafoss: Waterfall of the Gods
Iceland is enchanting: the waterfalls, the moss covered lava, the steaming hot pots, the stories written in to the land and the lovely easy going people. I will miss the fulfilling chance encounters and long conversations over lingering cups of coffee. I will miss the ubiquitous creativity. Continue reading
Ashley Lamb’s Birds silhouetted against the sunset
I decided to stay one more night, at a spot I never intended to stay in the first place.
I’m tucked in a room at the Women’s School in Blönduós, a mid-century boarding school that taught handcrafts to women in the winter of their 18th year. I don’t know the full history but I do know it is a very sweet space. It houses an artist in residence program with a focus on textiles, Ashley Lamb, who created the birds pictured above, is one of the artists working out of this space.
I was lucky enough to be offered a spot for the night and after waking up exhausted, I thought maybe I’d stay just one more night. Trading some uncovered ground for some rest and coziness, a tough decision but a good one I think.
I still got out plenty today, though maybe not covering as many kilometers as yesterday but discovering some special spots and falling ever more in love with Iceland.
Let me share with you some of the loveliness of today. Continue reading
No blog post tonight…
Waves Breaking in Blönduós
I’m knitting instead!
Knitting with Icelandic Wool, hand-dyed with lichen
I’ll catch you up tomorrow!
Sunset over Borgarnes
Well except this, this happened last night on my way to the campground.
But all of this, it happened today.
Hraunfossar before 8am
I made it out of Reykjavik and turned North. The sun came out, for the first time since I arrived. I can start to see some of the landscape and so far, so good.
It’s been a wooly day.
Blue wool. Continue reading