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Creative Designs for the Knitting Enthusiast
There once was a French lawyer, an Icelandic architect and an Icelandic psychologist, who all ended up selling their goods in the same store. “How could that be?” you might ask. The answer has nothing to do with law, architecture or psychology. Instead, it’s all about creativity and color.
For the knitting enthusiast, there is a unique store on the east side of Reykjavík, at Grensásvegur 46, called Amma mús, handavinnuhús, www.facebook.com/Amma-Mús-153874881289713/ translated Grandma Mouse, knitting and sewing house. Colorful yarn fills the store, as well as yarn for embroidery. Along with those, you can purchase recipes for knitting the most beautiful clothing of local design. For those interested in continental stitching, there is a wide selection of kits for pillows, some of which are designed locally.
What’s particularly interesting about this place is that the wool offered is of unique quality. There is the Love Story new wool, made by designer Hélène Magnússon, who moved to Iceland from France in 1995, having worked there as an attorney. She later studied textiles and fashion design in Iceland. Her designs have caught worldwide attention for their new twist on an old, Icelandic tradition. You can choose from numerous bright colors of either one or two-ply Icelandic lambswool. This wool is so fine that a shawl knit from it can easily be pulled through a wedding band. http://icelandicknitter.com/en/about-us/
Another specialty offered at the store is Einrúm www.facebook.com/Einrum-446212225457864/yarn made by Kristín Brynja, who also is an architect. The yarn is a unique blend of Icelandic wool and Thai silk. This blend makes for an airy, soft yarn, combining the warmth of the wool and the softness of the silk. Along with the Einrúm yarn, you can purchase knitting recipes, made by Kristín Brynja and two others.
Amma Mús also carries design recipes for Icelandic wool sweaters from Móakot, www.facebook.com/maggadesign.moakot/info/?tab=page_info
many of them made for one-ply wool instead of the thicker lopi variety. The designer, Margrét Halldórsdóttir, is also a psychologist. The patterns are traditional, using few colors at a time. The sweater designs each have their own name, drawing from Icelandic names of women and men. Using one-ply wool makes the sweaters much lighter than the traditional lopi sweaters. The one-ply is finer and lighter to work with, but requires finer knitting pins and, thus, it takes longer to complete a sweater than it would with coarser wool.
Finally, there are kits for continental stitching, featuring designs of Icelandic birds by the award-winning Philippe Ricart, www.gjafahugmyndir.is/index.php?option=com_hotproperty&view=property&id=467&print=1&tmpl=component a craftsman, originally from France, who has long since made Iceland his home. The kits can be used to make either pillows or wall decorations.
Amma Mús offers a selection of brightly colored products from people with equally colorful backgrounds.