Saturday, January 24, 2015

Fire and Ice

Neon Monkey sock
 The colours of my current sock are those of a birchwood campfire on a crisp winter's day.
Lone Wolf magazine
My literary landscape is Iceland.
Beautiful Wreck by Larissa Brown.  I won the e-book in a giveaway on the Fiberista Files podcast.  It tool me until yesterday to start reading and now I am transfixed.
Arthur Rackham - Undine
This is not my sort of book - and yet it really is! 
I entered the giveaway in the hope of winning Larissa's knitting patterns:  Shieldmaiden Knits
And I did... but it is the novel which has captivated me.  Now I want to knit all the things.  To fully immerse myself. 
To breathe in Old Norse as if its habitat was deep within the smell of the wool.

Arctic Fire Tea and Bjork
 It feels as if everything has come together in one groundswell of influences.

Caesious Curl - yarn from Highland Handmades
I picked up my Curl, and I realised that it was all part of the same moment.
The yarn was dyed by Heather of Highland Handmades who hosts the Fiberista Files.

So this weekend I am curled up with my Icelandic knitting (Kex is a hostel in Reykjavik - you knew that, right?), drinking my Arctic Fire tea, and daydreaming about Viking princesses.
Join me?


beate grigutsch said...

this winter i´m totally in norwegia - so your nordic post touched my heart :-)

Larissa said...

*It feels as if everything has come together in one groundswell of influences.*

Yes! I have felt this way in my head for the last 2 years or more. Everything I do is coming from these same places and things I've learned and seen.

Thank you so much for mentioning my book. I am thrilled that you're enjoying it.

Anna said...

I was lucky enough to read the book before it was published and I adored it, the writing was just so lovely, I couldn't put it down so I'm impressed you're getting knitting done whilst reading it! Love the colours!

Linda C said...

loved NAMES FOR THE SEA which you encourage me to read a couple of years ago. I wanted ti go to Iceland.

Now you talk about Finland and I want to read that book.

I remember when I was a child and first read the Norse Myths. Later, when I read an autobiography of C.S. Lewis and how reading the Norse myths changed his life, I felt a link of kinship. I realize more and more that my Scandinavian heritage is becoming more evident. When I was younger, I was more aware of the Scots link, plus the small bit of Indian.

Love all the shawls and socks. Thanks for all the book worlds you open.