Monday, September 26, 2016

Harpa and Falls

Harpa: This is the impressive concert and convention center (multi-purpose) building within view of our hotel room window.  Yes, it looks wet... Every day it was wet, and WINDY.  Did I mention the wind yet?  It was, and I wore all my layers for the first 4 days of the trip.  Normal clothing with tights, vest, Icelandic bulky sweater*, wool scarf, hat, mitts, wool socks, and real shoes*.  (*=things from closet I didn't know I had until I started to pack.)
Looking at these pictures, I see only blah grays, but below, this was taken in early evening, and you might detect that some of the glass façade is lit.  In fact, it was a colorful light show, which entertained us every night--all night as our personal Northern Lights.  It was beautiful!
Then our days seeing the country were dynamic...rushing water, giant rocky rifts,
And did I mention the wind?
Oh, yeah...the layers, plus raincoat...and my friend from FLORIDA!!! (And we smiled!)



Saturday, September 24, 2016

Wool shop (1)

Our bleary first day in Iceland found us wandering the main street in Reykjavik and into a cooperative wool shop... A tiny "meet yourself coming and going/stacked high wares" wool shop!
It was mostly finished products with a good selection of locally produced yarns, and buttons.  I went back on our last day and picked up some yarn that was twisted with a ply of Thai silk... (I always panic on the last day of anything...)

Below the hotel lobby, and an evening meal with a harbor view.
Women's cooperative.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Knitting produce

An outlet for hand knitters, was our second stop.  Main Street, Reykavik.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Tour in the wind


Yep, the land for wool-wear! And wind proof clothing!  That's why we are smiling.
Our tour of "The Golden Circle", and Gold Falls...

A pretty day, but the WIND!
(Earlier: I dress, run out the door of the hotel to search for the cache across the street.  Located the area, standing on the edge of a break wall, buffeted by gale force winds, chilling my rain coat, and me.  I turn around and run back to the hotel, up to the room. "Pattie! Get the hats!"  And I peel off my light weight Landsend cardigan and replace it with solid Lopapeysa Icelandic cardigan.  A good choice!)
Following the trail where the tectonic plates move and government began in Iceland.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

First morning

A new season... Fall/Winter rain.


A bleary group of sleep deprived tourists stumble out of the bus...

Reykjavik!
Breakfaat.

Sunday morning...
Breakfast.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Land of the sun

Above, a last minute project, thinking I NEED something 
  1. Portable 
  2. Knitting 
  3. Warm
  4. To wear with a skirt
  5. Knitting
Started leg warmers on August 31. 

The day before departure, I start to soak in the sun...
Colorado sun 

And New Mexico sun!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Last minute

The final week before leaving again, needed to finish my towel, so I purchased 1/4" double fold biased tape to use as a hanger.  I discovered that my sewing machine wouldn't sew through it... so I abandoned it for plain single white tape...  I was disappointed because I loved the color, but after tearing out my hair I gave up.  

And then, I decided that I HAD to have stockings for my knitting tour.  I LOVE the pattern, but...
I got to the first heel and thought, "OMG!  When will I ever wear these?  I think leg warmers are a better project"... so I finished off the first one, and intend to finish the second one on my travel day to Iceland.
Pattern:
Yarn: color - Frog S Back
Lace / 2 ply
50% Merino, 50% Silk
798 yards / 100 grams

Hoodless hoodie:
Pattern:

Yarn:  Needles US 10!
by Idena
Bulky / 12 ply
68% Acrylic, 32% Wool
82 yards / 50 grams

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