5.01.2010

NeverNotKnitting Podcast : Episode 35 : Knitting Iceland



Episode 35




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*Dont forget to enter this episode's drawing giveaway!*

Congratulations to Olof the winner of last episodes "Color By Kristin Drawing"!








112 comments:

Karen aka Lindse said...

Very interesting podcast! I have sent a link to your blog for an icelandic girl I know, who lives in Denmark and loves to knit :) I think she will find it very interesting!
I love the purple haze colorway :)

Jessica said...

What a great interview! It must be a knitter's heaven to live in Iceland :0)!! Wish I could go on one of those knitting tours!! I love the purple haze colorway! (jpeled on ravelry)

Sheri said...

I thought this interview was so intersting. Thank you for doing it. I hope I win Nammi in Yup it's Yellow.

Sheri from Ky

morewithles said...

This was FASCINATING. I wish I was adventurous enough to travel to Iceland to knit in the wilderness with Ysolda! :)

Stacy said...

I really enjoyed the interview and learning more about Iceland and the history of knitting there. All of the colors are beautiful, but my favorite is purple haze.
Stacy in NC

Virtuella said...

Hi, interesting podcast.

I love the purple haze colorway!

Karen in Maine said...

Thank you to you and Ragga for the interview. And her Yup, it's Yellow is stunning.

Jenn said...

I loved getting to hear more about Iceland and their knitting! I love the purple haze colorway.
And I'm looking forward to hearing about your moving with your yarn stash.

penelope10 said...

I really like the Purple Haze! Very interesting podcast!

Jen said...

A giveaway? YES!!!

Donita Porter said...

OOh so Blue I'll be if I don't win this one!
dgporterhouse@cox.net

alligator said...

Hi, great podcast!

My favorite color of the Nummi is the blue!

Handcrafted Accents said...

This was a wonderful interview! I am inspired to learn more. My favorite color is purple haze.

Ólöf said...

Hahahah. Thank you for this giveaway. I think it´s funny that I won this during this episode because I am Icelandic and learned to knit with Icelandic lopi. Oh and if I can enter this give away I love the color Oooh so blue. But I don´t want to be greedy.

Erin said...

What a great episode! I lived in Iceland with my family from 2004 - 2006. We miss is oh so much! It is a wonderful place to raise children. I learned to knit while living there from a wonderful Danish friend, so knitting and Iceland go hand in hand for me. I am in the Iceland group on Ravelry. I have too much lopi to count - all bought at the Alafoss factory store in Mosfellsbaer (10 minutes from the captial city). Love Nammi in oh so blue; have had the traditional icelandic three cornered shawl for girls and the girl's Runa cardigan both by Ragga in my que for a while - think I'll need to cast on for that shawl - perfect for cool New Hampshire summers. Thanks again for a great podcast - really loved your theme this episode :-)

joyceetta said...

Alana....thanks for this episode. Very interesting. I'd love to go to Iceland! Purple Haze is my favorite of the colors shown.

JodyH said...

Thanks for such an interesting interview. I love how the Internet allows us to be so much more connected! My favorite color of Nummi is the Oooh so blue!

CabbageSalad said...

Love the color "Red on the Fence" with the Icelandic Ragga etsy site. The Podcast was very interesting...I enjoyed hearing about the lopi, the knitting education, and tours!!!

Jennifer said...

This episode really takes me back ... my very first sweater was in Lopi, over 20 years ago! I made it for my father, and he wore it constantly. And, amazingly, he STILL wears it. : )

Nammi is aptly named -- the colors look delicious! I love them all, but am especially taken with Red on the Fence. The variation is so very pretty.

Thanks, Alana, for another fascinating podcast! (shadystroll on ravelry)

lisa said...

What an interesting interview. Thanks. I really love the Purple Haze.

Acipenser said...

I visited Iceland 6 years ago, but found only one yarn shop. So I'm thrilled to hear that there are more and a lovely new company. I'll have to go back soon ;-) I love the blue colourway.
I'm Acipenser on Ravelry

indytricoter said...

I am with you! I would LOVE to go on one of those knitting tours! Iceland Knitting tour is being added to the never ending list of places I'd like to travel. And as with all knitting/fiber related travel ideas... it is being added towards the top! ;) Great Show as always! This is my favorite podcast... and I listen to a lot of them!

Oh... and I like the OOh so Blue colorway!

Me said...

Your podcasts are always so fun and interesting.

dragonharrower said...

I adore the My goodness green! All the colors are gorgeous though. :)

One of these days I'm going to have to see if I can do one of the knitting tours. The culture sounds incredible!

דנה said...

i would love to visit Iceland.
and winning the give away of course.

Jen said...

I am a fan of Red on the Fence. The trip to knit a sweater with Ysolda sounds AMAZING!

maryann said...

Love your interview.
Favorite color is Purple Haze.
Mary Ann Pastene

The 3 "JT's" said...

I really enjoyed this interview. Would love to go on the tour one day! Sounds like so much fun! I too love the purple haze colorway :) Jenny (jrt35 on Ravelry)

Fran said...

I loved this episode and "meeting" Raga. If I'm lucky enough to win, I'd love the Oooh so blue! As soon as I finished listening I went to the web site and looked at the knitting tours and now I want to go to Iceland so much I can't stop thinking about it. Thanks for the great podcast.

Fernie (on Ravelry)

woolandchocolate said...

Awesome interview! I love learning about other cultures and enjoyed Raggas accent a lot. Would love to go on one of those tours! That would be so awesome!
My favorite color is Purple Haze.

Emily said...

Wow... I so want to go on one of Raga's knitting tours. Sounds heavenly.. I adore her lime green colorway, the purple haze is a close second.

Debbie said...

Alana,

Always look for your newest podcast. I have always been interested in the Icelantic knits. I like the purple haze colorway

k2ntrish said...

It was fascinating to learn about the Icelandic knitting culture - so different from America.
I love the ooh so blue Nammi color.

alpacababe said...

I love your podcast! I look forward to each one. I had a hard time choosing but I think its oh so blue.

Year 2 said...

I was thinking knitting has a deeply embedded place in Scottish culture too, similar to Iceland. I am a Scottish/Australian and I know so many Scottish knitter - my dad and my brother can knit.
I would love Purple Haze!
Jude

StaceyKnitsIt said...

My Goodness Green if my favorite colorway.

The Litter Box House said...

I am dying to go to Iceland! I even went so far as to check flight costs. Maybe I'll be able to save enough to go in 2012 when I turn 40... Either that or go in to a chunk of debt to go sooner!

That purple haze is beautiful...

Selkie on Ravelry

savannagal said...

The pinky red colorway on Raga's Etsy store is very cheery and reminds me of spring tulips. But I really like the soft pastel-ish green colorway on her Knitting Iceland website. All the colors are quite lovely. Thanks for a terrific and very interesting podcast. I look forward to following Raga's blog to learn more about her and Iceland.

Jen said...

I want to go on one of those tours now!! Sound so cool! Very interesting interview! I love the Purple Haze Nammi
jendada on Ravelry

Kigeliakitten said...

The tours sound cool. All the colors are pretty, I really like Oooh so blue.

Rachel said...

I think it would be really neat to learn this knitting technique! I would love to see on the "Red on the Fence" yarn knitted up.

Ana said...

Great podcast! I love the Purple Haze...and wish Ragga well in the business...
Ana

Bronwyn said...

Great interview! I agree with the other posters that Iceland must be a wonderful place to live. To go everywhere and be able to talk about knitting (and to knit without being looked at oddly) is so much different than the US where people don't even know the difference between knit and crochet.

I love the purple haze. And what a perfect name since the yarn has that nice fluffy halo. :) I also love the name of Red on the Fence and that it's an indecisive red. Very witty.

JuliaB said...

I would love to win Nammi in Purple haze. I think visiting Ireland would be wonderful.

LB070 said...

I would love to go on all of those tours! Knitting with Ooh So Blue would be some solace.

AnneLena said...

Great podcast and interview. Thanks so much for keeping them coming :-)

sass4821 said...

I love the information on Icelandic Knitting. I have always wanted to go to Iceland. The tours sound wonderful. The Purple Haze colorway is my favorite.

knitterlydesigns said...

I love learning about different cultures, and how knitting plays a part of it. 'OOOh so blue' or 'Purple Haze' are my favorites, but any of her colors are beautiful. THey are so bright and cheery.

Angie S.-Aurora, CO

Becky said...

"Ooh So Blue" is my favorite colorway! Thanks to your podcast, I want to learn more about Iceland and Icelandic knitting. And, of course, I want to visit Iceland someday.

Helga Olsen said...

Hi, interesting podcast

I love the OOh so Blue

Sally said...

Thanks for a delightful podcast and for such a special drawing...if my name is chosen I would love the purple haze colorway.

Moknita said...

Interesting and informative podcast. Would love to take a tour. I love the purple haze.

Whisp3rd said...

Usually I'm not one for interviews but this was great! Thanks so much Ragga for the interview! It was thoroughly interesting.
I'd would so love to go on those tours, especially with Jared Flood.

Ragga has such amazing colors but Ooooh so blue and Purple Haze are gorgeous!

Julianne said...

Really loved the interview! Wish I had the money to go to Iceland!! I really like the Nammi in purple haze. Fingers crossed!!

Kathy Rasmussen said...

Enjoyed the interview and I want to go to Iceland too! Love Ragga's yarns--pinky red is my favorite!

stephanie said...

I loved the interview! I'm dreaming of wild tour...

I love the purple haze color yarn! (pastvast on ravelry)

Francie O said...

Now I want to try knitting with some true Icelandic yarn. My favorite colorway is the Oooh so blue.

Francie

katerina said...

ohh I want to go on an icelandic tour *sigh* or cruise or trip...

Yarn wise - the purple haze is so very pretty or mygodness green yummy!!!

lovely to look at and thanks for the podcast :)

Toja said...

I loved learning about Icelandic knitting traditions. And I'd love to experiment with Icelandic wool! I'm into the Ooh So Blue.
Toja

Kristin said...

I love the Oh so Blue!! Gorgeous :)

Kelly-ann said...

All of those colors are stunning...as of today, I think I like the Purple Haze best!

Bonnie said...

I enjoyed the podcast and the information about knitting in Iceland. We will be in Iceland in August but only for a few days. I do hope to visit a few shops. I love Ragga's purple haze colorway and her patterns.
(bfgoodstitch on ravelry)

Camille said...

What a great episode! I loved the interview, and now have an irrestible urge to visit Iceland. I'm not usually drawn to purple, but that purple haze colorway is so beautiful!

Rizny said...

Hi Alana! I've been listening to the episodes of your podcast for a few weeks - I work at home, online, and have found that listening to podcasts makes it SO much easier to focus and makes my work go much faster. So thanks for putting up this great podcast!

About this episode... Very interesting interview! I've never been to Iceland, but my mom has, and she brought back a beautiful sweater which I inherited. At any rate, I'd love to be entered in the drawing. :)

drMolly, the BeanQueen said...

I loved this podcast - makes one wish to be in Iceland right now! I would love the natural elements, too. My favorite color was purple haze.
docM

Jennifer said...

I want to go to Iceland. Those tours look amazing!

deedalee said...

I would have never thought that Iceland would be a place that I would like to visit! I'm usually more of a beach person. But after hearing this interview, I would love to go there.

Tryste said...

Hi there!

Thanks so much to both of you for this episode - it was extremely interesting, and I'm so excited now about Knitting Iceland!! I'm going to try my absolute best to get on one of the outdoorsy tours :-) Thanks for expanding my awareness, and best of luck to Ragga and Helene in their new business venture.

Swung by the Etsy shop, and pinky-red colorway caught my fancy. :-)

Robin V said...

Fascinating interview!
Hard to pick a favorite color, though... I'm leaning towards "yup, it's yellow."

PJM said...

Great podcast - I so want to go to Iceland now! I love the yup it's yellow colorway, makes me smile :)

laurieP said...

I want to go on that tour too. What fabulous fun that would be!! I wonder if my timeshare has anything in Iceland? hmmm?

Alaska Denise said...

Purple Haze....

Helen said...

Another brilliant interview thank you. I would love to go on an Icelandic knitting tour - maybe next summer. I love Pinky Red.

Melissa said...

Very interesting info on Icelandic knitting and I think I will have to do some more research! Loving all the Nammi colors, but I think Oooh so blue is calling my name louder.

Melina said...

Very interesing interview. I like the purple haze colorway.

Ruby said...

I loved the podcast about Icelandic knitting and really enjoyed hearing Ragga. I love the mygoodness green yarn. Just a bright yarn for a bright day.

Thanks for such interesting podcasts each and every issue.

Ruby

tru said...

Loved the interview, very educational and interesting. All of her wools are so pretty they just glow. I am partial to the Purple Haze though!

Heather said...

Really interesting podcast. I'm a sucker for blues so I'd have to pick oooh so blue.

Andrea said...

Great interview! I'm really interested in how Iceland has such a rich knitting history. That's awesome.

My favorite color is the Ooh so Blue!

Helene said...

The podcast was wonderful - your interview with Ragga was so interesting.
I love the pinky pink colorway.

Lauren said...

As always love the podcast and your interviews are great! This time I finally listened in time to actually enter, woo hoo!!! My fav color is oh so blue. Thanks Alana!

Rowlesgirl said...

Loved the podcast. I love learning about knitting in other countries. I also checked out the website and it seems to have some great stuff on it. I would love to win the video and the yarn in the purple haze colorway!

Steven said...

Great show! I've fallen in love with ooh so blue.

Marisa said...

Ooh So Blue is so pretty. Thanks a mil for your podcast, I can tell you put a lot of effort into it.

Elly said...

I really liked this podcast. It's very interesting how most people knit there, unlike here, where most people look at me weird if I'm knitting. I'd love to be in an environment where everyone is interested in eachother's knits and encourages one another. Maybe I need to move to Iceland soon :)

I love the colorway: Pinky Red.

Thanks for this great giveaway :)

~Eliana~

cindymen said...

I learned so much listeing to this podcase. Iceland sounds amazing. I love the Oooh so blue colorway (although it was hard to choose).

***Megz*** said...

Great podcasts! Perfect for listening too while working on my current projects. Thanks!

I love Mygoodness green colorway!

K said...

I learned a lot from your podcast. I love to learn knitting history of different countries. I also love the Purple Haze yarn.

Sara said...

Wow, this makes me want to go on one of those knitting tours in island! I think I will go crunch some numbers....

ps. I also love the purple haze!

JoanBlondina on Rav

Eileen said...

It's hard to pick a favorite color! I'm going to go with Oooh So Blue (the green is a close second!). Thanks for a chance to win!

Eileen (WiscKnitter on Ravelry)

Sydney said...

Great podcast! I love the purple haze. :)

jjphotoFTW said...

I'm such a sucker for I'm soo Blue, although I don't know how anyone could be down wearing that color! And those tours Ragga spoke about sound so amazing! Ah, to live in Iceland...

(jjphotoftw on Rav)

MJ said...

Great interview! How fun to be in a place where knitting is not uncommon! Love the purple haze colorway.

Beth said...

I really enjoyed your interview with Ragga. I knew very little about Iceland, and now I want to learn more!

The Nammi yarn is gorgeous, the Purple Haze colorway is my favorite.

Quyen said...

Thanks so much for bringing more culture to us. I loved learning about Iceland and its knitting tradition.

If I win, I would like the My goodness green.

MiniMuppet said...

My family and I have been thinking about a trip to Iceland for vacation...now, I know just one more reason to go...Maybe I'll get to go wearing my Pinky Red Nammi socks, mitts, whatever! I'm Minimuppet on Ravelry...

terip said...

i loved the interview, i have knit an icelandic sweater before, but i am sure the dvd would be awesome for information on traditional techniques. i can't wait for it to come out in english. the tours sound amazing.........i love the nammi.......the colors are so fun. i love the purple haze teri

Wendy said...

I'm pretty sure I want to move to Iceland now...or at least have a very long vacation there! Great podcast and interview!

Wendy said...

This is the first of your podcasts I listened to and I loved it! It makes me want to visit Iceland for sure. The tours sound awesome--maybe some day I can participate in one! All of the Nammi colorways are gorgeous but I think my favorite is the Oooh so Blue followed closely by Purple Haze!

Nina said...

Great interview. So nice to learn more about this country and its knitting culture. I love the purple haze colourway. (knitterlynina on rav)

Tinna said...

great interview! i´m a new listener, and will have to check out your other podcasts and website now! i´m from iceland and i learned some new stuff also! for me knitting the cardigans as a whole and then cutting them up is the normal way to do it - so i now finally understand why alot of foreign cardigan recipies have you knitting back and forth, which is such a nuance to me! for me knitting in a circle is so much faster, and once you´ve cut it once, it´s not so scary anymore :)
i love the ooh so blue nammi yarn.
best regards,
Tinna (tthth@hi.is)

Alexis W said...

This interview put Iceland on my "Like to visit" list - now I just have to convince my husband that it's a great summer vacation trip! The "oooh so blue" shade is lovely!

Made by Hand on Planet Earth said...

Hello! I love the Ooh So Blue colorway. But My Goodness Green is a close second. I usually choose greens over blues (I'm sure you can relate!), but there is something so snow-coney, icy, cool about that blue, it just blows me away!

Thanks!

bethanie said...

Purple Haze! For numerous reasons: Purple is great AND my little one loves purple too! Can't beat that!

KatieB said...

Ooh so blue Nammi: perfect for a Pisces girl (like me!) to knit with while out on her kayak on the lakes nearby! I can just see working on a cowl while floating under a lovely summer sky...

Nancy said...

Loved, loved, loved the interview with Ragga...I'm with you...moving to Iceland sounds lovely.... my color? Purple Haze.

Kingston said...

I just found your podcast and really enjoyed the interview with Ragga. My daughter is going to Iceland in June. Maybe she can bring me back some authentic Iceland wool! Your theme song is so funny I laughed out loud the first time I heard it. You can count me among your regular listeners from now on.
Kingston on Ravelry
I like the pinky-red colorway.

pinkarwensocks said...

Hi thanks for the interview. This ep was really interesting. :)

Jan said...

What more can be said than BEAUTIFUL!!!!
janlyn on Ravelry

Lisa Haas said...

Just found myself a new podcast to knit to :)
Great episode, loved hearing about the knitting tours. My favorite is the pinky red colorway.

Denise/CT said...

Loved the podcast interview. My son was in Iceland last year. I'd wish I'd asked him to bring back even more yarn. Knitting Icelands' yarns are beautiful...I love the Pinky/Red

Natalie Servant said...

Thanks for the interesting interview, which sent me to Knitting Iceland - which included an interview with local-to-me designer Anna Dalvi. Small world!