Sylvía and Théa are working hard on a lion and a cat project. They are both from the book Á prjónunum after Unnur Breiðfjörð. It was thought as educationnal material, since knitting is taught in school in Iceland. It is intelligently done with a progressive approach and fun-to-do projects for every level, gathered here and there by Unnur. The cat and the lion are projects from the very first course, simply made from a square in garter stitch.
I´ve always imagined this book would make a perfect gift for who want to learn how to knit AND to learn Icelandic. I´ve already offered it to a couple of French friends, one married to an Icelandic man, the other working at the French embassy in Iceland.
It´s high summer here, but look what I found in the TV magasine: I´m not sure whether it´s an advertisement for insulation or home insurance (yes, my German is that bad...) but the knitted house on display sure does look nice!
It reminds me of the houses displayed in a book I recently bought, The Knitted Farmyard by Jan Messent (editor) and Hannelore Wernhard. Originally published in German back in the 1980s, it figures a knitted rug, forming the base of a beautifully detailed village containing knitted houses, people, animals and various flora and fauna, all patterns made popular by the work of Jan Messent. She´s been doing much more of this stuff, including a knitted fantasy story and a Christmas story. See all of her books here. The girls and I have a LOT of inspired projects for next winter...
Maman Mouche found a husband! Apparently there was a big wedding but I was not invited...
Papa Mouche, just like Maman Mouche, is crocheted with Álafoss Lopi from Ístex, main wool producer in Iceland. The cap is knitted on small needles and sewn on the head. The body is stuffed with wool and yarn leftovers: a good way to get rid of those!
But what it really needed was a sister...
Craig and Gerard, the owners of the terrific I Knit London yarn shop (the only of the kind that also has a bar licence!) invited me to present and sign my knitting book, Rósaleppaprjón í nýju ljósi, at the I knit Day 2008. The english version is called Icelandic knitting using Rose Patterns and will be released by Search Press at the end of the summer. Here´s what the new cover looks like:
More about her in this book project of mine I already mentionned...
On our way to Mount Hekla for another skying trip, we had a jeep mishap (...), so I used the opportunity to sew some labels on some narrow scarves with roses and on the Hammer rose cardigan, all of them from my book, Icelandic Color Knitting. And I´m still wearing my Icelandic sweater, also from my book, of course.