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  1. Hi Diane,
    I really enjoyed your write up and pictures about Iceland. I had no idea that the quilt star symbol meant fiber up ahead. I would be all over that since I enjoy crocheting and knitting. I bet the fiber is incredible there. Looks like your visit has been amazing.

  2. Thank you, Dianne, for this article on Iceland. It sounds like you are having a wonderful time there. Looking forward to seeing what you knit from your purchases!

  3. Diane, thank you for your great reporting from Iceland. I love your photo of the wall of beautiful yarns. It sounds like a great trip. I think I speak for everyone. We wish we were there enjoying it all with you!

    Iceland has one Nobel Laureate, Haldor Laxness for writing Independent People (1955). It’s an incredible read, showing how hard living and surviving is/was in the stark, harsh country of Iceland. I highly recommend the book to everyone. As a side note, you can visit Mr. Laxness’ home just outside of Reykjavik. It is well worth the trip.

    Enjoy your travels, Diane.
    ~Nancy K

  4. Love the way you shared this story. The road sign is intriguing. Fiber art in a different forum. Amazing to see the variety in the stores. Love that desire to create. I am learning to knit as well.

  5. Thank you so much for taking us along with you! It’s like a day trip out of the country. I hope to go there one day. It is one of my daughter’s favorite places.

  6. Your trip sounds positively wonderful. I look forward to seeing what you knit with the yarn you purchased in Iceland.

  7. Great story Dianne. I have been to Iceland twice and love the country and the people. I’m proud to say I have “more than one” gorgeous Icelandic sweater. I really enjoyed photographing the amazing scenery, especially the waterfalls. Iceland is truly “the land of fire and ice”.

    1. I am also now a proud owner of just one sweater! I can’t wait for it to get cold in Beaverton. It worked well here in Iceland.

  8. Dianne, thank you for all the information. Glad you are having a wonderful time. Marilyn H

  9. Iceland has been on my ‘go to’ list and after reading your article, it just moved up the list. When traveling, I stop at yarn shop and fabric/quilting shops. Twenty years ago, yarn shops were all over the UK but sadly on a trip a couple years ago, many were closed. I learned that most of the UK wool was being used industrially (like felted roof insultation!) instead of spinning yarn for knitters. A few small quilting shops that popped up in the twenty years. In the EU, I was able to find both yarn and quilting shops that seems focused on serving locals. I have knitted with the Iceland yarn and my husband has an hooded outdoor sweater from undyed Iceland yarn. My hands were softened while I knitted it from the lanolin and yes, it repels water well. He wore it to a wet UoO football game and stayed dry and warm. I love the traffic sign for Iceland’s craft shops – imagine if we had such a sign in the US!

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