Wednesday, August 1, 2012

nuna


one day while looking through etsy i came across the shop of ragga eiriksdottir. she had the most lovely brightly colored wool, i somehow really needed. so different these pinks and blues were than than the neutral colors i love.  quickly i added one of each to my cart and then excitedly waited for the parcel to arrive from iceland! when the icelandic wool arrived i thought uh oh, what have i done? these pretty, candy colored wools are nice to look at but what ever will i make? it didn't matter, i thought, if they just sit here on my shelf looking so cheerful, that is good. two years went by and at times i would look at these little candy hued cakes and think, what will you be? and then one day they spoke. we want to be a shawl. really? okay then! happily knitting away on the twilight stole pattern from a fine fleece. will i be brave enough to wear it? nuna means now in icelandic, i think i will now   :)    ravelry notes here.


many many years ago i had a pen pal, actual letters! with a lovely woman in iceland. i don't remember if my fascination for the place occurred before or after our friendship began, but it's remained strong, i love it there and i've never been! some favorite icelandic links:

knitting iceland

ragga knits


the hand knitting association of iceland


the icelandic knitter


sigur ros
linking with ginny, happy yarn along!


64 comments:

  1. Lovely lovely colors!! I think they were destined to be a shawl. I hope you are having a great summer :)

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    1. i am karen, thank you! i hope you are too :)

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  2. What fab colours, they look gorgeous together.

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  3. Oh wow, beautiful! I adore bright crazy colours. :)

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  4. Love those bright colors! They are perfect for that pattern!

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  5. I've knit with some of Ragga's yarn as well. So lovely! It is by far my most favourite so far.

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  6. I love the colors of your nuna :) Looking forward to seeing your stole ext week :)

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  7. Gorgeous! That coral pink and blue are exactly the colours of my favourite of my daughters vests... when she was just 3 months old! I just re-discovered them today in yet another underbed vacuum pack!

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  8. I think you are right. The time is right for them and this project is perfect. Some days need a little bit of color.

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  9. Well if you wear your shawl in your house you will match the colors in your house perfectly :) It looks beautiful.

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    1. i would match my room! thank you andee :)

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  10. Sweet little knitting going on ♥ I adore those colours together...

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  11. Such pretty colours, I am sure you will wear and love your shawl. It brings a smile to my face.

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  12. Love those colors and the shawl is looking so pretty!

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  13. Those colors look great together. What a pretty shawl that yarn will be!

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  14. Love those colours!!! If you don't dare to wear the shawl, well, remember of me : I will!!!! ;oD
    xxxx Alessandra

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  15. I love those colors - it's going to be so pretty.

    I started work on my wonderful MT yarn - an easy breezy pattern that I am actually making up - I'll send you pics.
    drove down to CT today and there was a lovely yarn store on the way here (am working) so I had to get some new stuff....

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  16. Gorgeous! And so worth the wait. And a lovely story to go with the shawl. :)

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  17. such pretty colors!! The shawl will be perfect---for Alaska!!! (we had some friends who just recently returned and said it was unseasonably warm while they were there--and they were far past the Arctic circle!!! The heat wave definitely won't last!!!) Iceland is most definitely on my "bucket list"; hubby can't quite "get it"--but when I get him there, he'll see!!!!!

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  18. Love them! I will be back to check out the links on a day when I have more time. The shawl will be stunning!

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  19. Lori, thank you for the introduction to these yarns. The two that you chose have beautiful colors and I can see why you would consider them as little cakes.

    The knitting that you have begun is looking very lovely also. Isn't it remarkable that we could be knitting with wool from Iceland? It is just the sort of notion that makes me truly love what the web can do.

    xo

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  20. These are colors I wouldn't think to put together and I quite love them.

    I have heard that the Iceland government provides great incentives $$$wise to visit the country. Apparently , an inexpensive fab vacation :-)

    Love love
    kj

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    1. thank you kj! i've heard that too, can't wait to go someday, it looks incredible there.

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  21. Those colours are divine! It's a funny thing how some yarn takes its time to announce its next incarnation. Your yarn has chosen well ;-)

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  22. OOOh Lori, I will look at all of these links with a fervour.
    My one true continental LOVE .... is ICELAND.

    Do have a ques for you. Could you take your knitting needles in the plane
    overseas? Probably not. Sigh. Wondering what to do for 32 hours.;/
    I have a bone crochet needle... perhaps i could sneak that onboard.

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    1. me too, can't wait to go! yes! knitting needles can go on the plane. i've flown many times (domestic and international) since the new restrictions, circulars and dpn's are no problem. what's not allowed are scissors, even tiny ones. the folding travel ones are okay though. you can fly and knit!

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  23. Those colours surely belong together. A wonderful choice. :)

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  24. Wow, I think it is going to be lovely, great colours together.

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  25. thank you very much everyone for such nice comments! xxx

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  26. Lori, Those are YOUR colors!! I absolutely adore everything you make!! Need to remember to visit you more often. I will blame it on pregnancy brain hee hee. So beautiful just like you.

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  27. They are very good colours, you know!

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  28. So cheerful, and I love the tablecloth, too!

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  29. Lori, I don't think I could ever get enough of your knitting. And gosh darn it you REALLY are forcing me to knit a shawl, you know it?! Your home looks so bright and cheerful, ust the way I would love mine to be. <3 <3

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  30. The colours match the tablecloth so well. That will be a beautiful one to wear Lori.

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  31. That is bright! Maybe with a white dress? It will be interesting to see how it turns out. Loved your previous post too - much to digest.
    Emma
    PS: Do they have lizards in Iceland?

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    1. i am looking forward to finding out emma :)

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  32. Beautiful yarns, looks so gorgeous together :)

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  33. I love the pink and blue together, they look fantastic! It's going to be a gorgeous shawl and you shold wear it with pride :)

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  34. Hi Lori, the colors are like lovely sherbert. That yarn definitely looks like it is meant for knitting rather than crochet. I read comments above regarding travelling with crochet or knitting. I've always been able to take my hooks (although they did question them when we went to Nepal last summer) -- and a friend from Canada several years ago brought me back a Clover thread cutter. The blade is inside the disc -- can even wear it as a pendant on a necklace. Cuts perfectly and so easy to carry. Happy August! Tammy

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  35. Lori, your photos today made my heart skip a beat! I love that beautiful soft yarn, and those two colours together for a shawl....just perfect! The pattern looks so pretty, and you are really inspiring me to knit a shawl and to order some icelandic yarn too :)
    Wishing you a happy August!
    Helen x

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  36. Oh, how beautiful your post is today!! The colours are wonderful :o)

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  37. Gorgeous colours - I think you should definitely wear it!!

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  38. I have had two beautiful merino and silk blend lace weight skeins for at least two years, I just can't seem to find the right shawl pattern.lol
    I would love to visit Iceland too! Xo's

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  39. I'm not sure what is more beautiful, your photo or your lovely knitting! The colors of the wool is soft looking and perfect for summer.

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  40. Love the fun colors! Can't wait to see how it turns out. p.s. I always love the way you set up your pictures.

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  41. Hi Lori! I love those colours and that yarn looks so light! That is going to be a dream shawl! They would be lovely decoration, the wool, too! I go to visit your links! x Teje

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  42. Those colors would certainly be so cheery when winter sets in. I have tons of yarn I fell in love with and is waiting for projects--must go and talk to them:-D XOXO

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  43. Pretty pretty!! Two years? I think this will be a shawl worth the wait ;)

    xo
    Lo♥

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  44. Very pretty colours Lori, the yarn looks so light and fly away. It's going to make one beautiful shawl. I hope you get to visit iceland soon! I imagine Alaska is going to be pretty incredible too.

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  45. Those colors really are lovely! It's looking great! Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your comment.

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  46. I love these colors so much Lori, and it looks so soft, cozy and warm and for sure you will look great wearing it!
    I hope maybe someday I will receive a postcard from Iceland!!
    Have a wonderful weekend, dear Lori.

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  47. Those colors are gorgeous! And the pattern you are working is just lovely!

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  48. Lori,
    The shawl is so very lovely!!

    Love, Taryn

    P.S. Yesterday I started practicing with my drop spindle. I'm using some yarn in my stash, just so I can get the hang of it first. Then I'll start actually 'spinning.'

    I see your spindle you got at the thrift store- you can do it!! We'll learn together. :)

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  49. Oh it is gorgeous and I simply love that color combination. Wow!
    xo,
    Ang

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  50. Yes! Sort of like candy colors. Very Californian I would say. Enjoy your weekend, Lori.

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  51. I squealed when I saw you link up Sigur Ros.

    I love how vibrant your yarn is sweet Lori! Oh I can imagine how beautiful your shawl will be when done.

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  52. Fallegir litir, Lori! (meaning beautiful colors, Lori) I'm sure the shawl will be gorgeous. Thanks for stopping by my site the other day, I seem to have taken a very unplanned vacation from most things electronic, hence the absence! Hope you are doing well and that your summer has been good so far.

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  53. I love this project and the colors. Seriously happy knitting Lori. Thank you for the links, I am on my way to check them out.

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  54. You are my sunshine, my only sunshine

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  55. So juicy! It's going to be the perfect pick-me up this winter.

    My friend just got back from a trip to Iceland, and now I'm dying to go! It looks like a knitter's paradise (wouldn't one of those knitting tours be awesome?!?!)

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  56. I love that color combined together. Its so candy-like. Its vibrant and lets you feel happy all day.
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xoxo lori