Posts Tagged ‘iceland’

Iceland was awesome. Now, not everything on the trip went as planned, or as good as I hoped. I think I went with overly optimistic expectations which were not fully realized but I saw, experienced, and did some amazing things that kind of balanced the whole adventure.

I took about a thousand pictures, which need to be sorted and uploaded. I also want to document my trip in detail before memories start fading but I need a little bit more motivation and time to sit down and do a proper job of it. I met some wonderful people, and made some friends that I hope I will be able to stay in touch with. I finished all the projects I wanted to take on my trip, but surprisingly I did not do much knitting on my knitting vacation. It might have been partially that I was all knitted out before my trip, partially that I don’t like to knit when it feels like an obligation/expectation, and partially that I was so busy doing other things that I frankly did not have much time or energy to knit at the end of the day. Aside from the swatches we knit during our classes the only piece I worked on was my Icelandic Ishbel, cast-on during my first flight and bound-off a couple days after returning home. It was mostly knit in iceland so… It will be the piece to remember my trip by.

The cookies they served on the plane were excellent. And I get nervous about flying so I always order orange juice. It’s just one of those things.

I am really happy with how it turned out in the end, even got Ysolda’s help with finding a mistake. The pattern is really easy but it requires attention to the lace pattern since every row is slightly different, so in knitting it while sleepy I found myself tinking a lot. It will get a lot of use as a scarf:

I did buy some wool in Iceland… 38 *cough* skeins to be exact. It was a knitting trip after all! Lopi yarn is really cheap there, and while a bit on the rough side it’s very durable and “sticky” making it ideal for steeking. The whole steeking deal makes me nervous but I will steek my lopi sweater, hopefully my hand wont shake too badly when I start cutting. So yeah, the yarn:

13 Lett lopi, 7 Einband lace weight lopi, 2 Alafoss lopi, 5 bulky lopi, 4 Novia Passion, 2 Nammi, 2 Aslan Trends Santa Fe, 2 Malbrigo silky merino, 1 Zauberball. Not a bad lot! The malbrigo and zauberball I can buy at home but these colors are a little rarer and I was on a mad yarn-buying frenzy. How could I have avoided it being surrounded by tons of yarn?

Oh, and I did finish the owl sweater, and wore it proudly for a good chunk of the trip. I even finished sewing on all 38 buttons the day before. I think I’m pretty good at sewing buttons now. Sorry about the crummy picture:

I’m not sure I want to start on my lopi sweater yet, I feel like I need more sweater practice. I started swatching for Safire this afternoon, hopefully I can put all the garment shaping that I learned into use.

Well, after all the lava-field walking, sheep-wrangling, thermal pools, erupting geysers, waterfalls, and adventures, getting back to real life has been tough.  Details and pictures coming soon!


Read Full Post »

It was absolute love at first sight, and I had to take them home with me.

A Fluevog store near(ish… still a mile’s walk but worth it) to my work just opened. I spotted it a few weeks ago when I went to a new haircutting place. They close at 6, I get off work at 6, so I had to settle with drooling through the window because they were closed every time I passed by. Well… yesterday when I went to purchase the buttons for my Owls during my lunch break I had the brilliant idea of stopping by Fluevog before heading back to work, to try on a pair of strappy shoes that I was particularly salivating over. Those shoes ended up being too pointy for my taste, but these made my heart skip a beat:

I sigh every time I look at them. Not only are they omgCUTE, but they are also omgCOMFORTABLE. Comfortable heels. WHAT? Really, more comfortable than some of my flat shoes. I love retro-y heels but I walk a lot and I hate uncomfortable shoes. I’m still amazed at how nice they feel to walk in. I’m still lusting over the Bond girl boots too. Been wanting Fluevog boots since I saw an amazing pair of my friend Michelle, but I just can’t buy shoes I can’t try on. But now I can!!! *happy dance*

Enough on shoes. By some sort of miracle, I was able to dodge the weekend work bullet today and got to stay home to finish projects, pack, and run errands. I finished a ton of projects today!!!! The owls are blocked and I sewed on most of the buttons, I finished the ever-dragging-on houndstooth scarf (when I get back I want to write up the pattern and post it), finished the neckwarmer and bought some cool buttons for it, and finished the thumbs on the mittens. Pictures posted soon! I also tried to do some packing, but somehow every time I tried I went into zombie mode I managed to move my clothes from one pile to another, and then back but I didn’t manage to actually pack anything. I’m stuck on “how many pairs of pants/skirts do I need vs. how many I want to take”. It’s a continuous battle in my brain. The travel jitters have really really hit me, I can’t sleep, and all can do is circle my suitcase moving clothes around. It looks like a closet barfed on my livingroom floor.

Ahhh! Its almost 4am, that means I have 24 hours until I need to be at the airport. *panic!*

Read Full Post »