Puzzled by Iceland

Puzzled by Iceland is an Icelandic jigsaw puzzle company that was founded in 2010. It is made up of two blue-eyed, blond-haired moms, Þóra Eggertsdóttir and Guðrún Heimisdóttir. They were two friends on maternity leave who wanted to do something fun and make a living out of it.

The result, the beautiful puzzles by Puzzled by Iceland, 48 and 500 piece puzzles with stunning photos of Icelandic nature, landmarks and animals. Inside each box is a larger picture of the puzzle as well as fun facts about the picture.

Click here to shop or on the caption of each picture below to learn more about each puzzle.

Puzzled by Iceland – Take a piece of Iceland with your for some peace of mind

Hjertegarn Knitting and Crochet Yarn

Hjertegarn Danskt Garn

We offer a great selection of yarn from the well-known company Hjertegarn in Denmark – great addition to our selection of the Icelandic knitting wool yarn. Please browse through the different types of knitting / crochet yarn below.

NATUR ULD

Natur Uld from Hjertegarn

100% wool – Beautiful and soft chunky yarn from Hjertegarn Denmark.

100 g (approx 3.53 oz) = ca. 100 m (approx 109 yd.) Gauge: 12-14 m = ca. 10 cm using size nr. 6-7 mm.

Handwash only.

VITAL SUPERWASH

vital superwash from Hjertegarn

100% pure new wool. Medium-thick yarn suitable for many things.

50 g (1.7 oz) approx. 115 m (125.8 yd). Gauge: 10cm: 22m x 28p using size 3½ – 4 mm.

Can be washed on wool-program 30-40 degrees.

CIAO TRUNTE

ciao trunte from Hjertegarn

100% merino wool superwash.  Wonderful and soft yarn – Perfect for baby clothes.

50 g (1.7 oz) approx. 180 m (196.9 yd). Gauge: 10cm: 30m x 42p using size 2½ mm.

Can be washed on wool-program 30-40 degrees.

COTTON NR. 8

Cotton no. 8 from Hjertegarn

100% cotton- Anti pilling cotton yarn.

50 g (1.7 oz) approx. 165 m (188.5 yd). Gauge: 10cm: 26m x 32p using size 3-3½ mm or US 2½ – 4.

Can be washed on 60 degrees Celcius. 

SOCK 4

sock 4 from Hjertegarn

75% wool superwash

25% nylon. 50 g (1.7 oz) approx. 210 m (229.6 yd). 28 m = ca. 10 cm. Needles pins no. 2.5 – 3.

Can be washed on 30-40 degrees Celcius on wool programs.

PLAY IT

Play-it from Hjertegarn

50% mohair, 50% acryl.

50 g (1.7 oz) approx. 165 m (188.5 yd). Gauge: 10cm: 16m x 24p using size 5 mm needles/pins

Handwash only.

THULE

thule from hjertegarn

45% wool, 55% acryl

100 g (3.5 oz) approx. 110 m (120.3 yd). Gauge: 10cm: 13m x 18p using size 7-8 mm needles/pins.

Small Eruption North of Vatnajokull Glacier

Key points at this time: 

  • No immediate threat to people or populated areas
  • Airspace and all airports, international and domestic, are open.
  • No volcanic ash has been detected with radar systems
  • There are no signs of flooding

Volcanic Activity

An eruption has started North of Vatnajökull Glacier. No volcanic ash has been detected with the radar system at the moment. The wind conditions in the area are wind blowing toward NW at 12 m/s at 5 km altitude. Seismic eruption tremor is low indicating effusive eruption without significant explosive activity.

At this time there are no signs of immediate danger or flooding in the area, and nothing to indicate that this will affect flight traffic.

The aviation warning area has been reduced to 5.000 foot altitude. All Icelandic airports in Iceland are open. The Icelandic Transport Authority has issued a restricted area three nautical miles around the volcano and up to 5000 ft. over the ground.

Precautionary measures

Because of this The Police authorities have decided to close and evacuate the area North of Vatnajökull. This decision is a safety measure. The eruption is in an uninhabited area, but there are hiking trails in the area. No civilians are considered to be in any danger at this time.

The Icelandic Met Office has raised the aviation color-code to red over the eruption site, in accordance with procedure. The National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police, has decided to raise the Civil Protection phase to emergency phase, due to the eruption. This is also in accordance to procedure.

All roads leading into the area are closed as they have been since the seismic activity began in Bardarbunga on the 19th of August. Anyone travelling in the area or planning travels in/close to the area is referred to Safetravel.is.

Follow updates on Iceland.is for further developments.

Neon Wool Sweater – Free Knitting Pattern

NEW! Free Knitting pattern for a Neon Icelandic Wool Sweater.

NEW! Ístex has just recently published a brand new knitting pattern for a beautiful Icelandic Wool Sweater – the Neon Wool Sweater. This knitting pattern is designed by Þórunn Vilmarsdóttir for Ístex.

You can download the free pattern by clicking on the picture above or use the following link:
http://www.alafoss.is/neon-wool-sweater-free-pattern.html

You can of course customize the sweater and pick your own colors as you wish – The pattern calls for 4 balls of Alafoss Lopi yarn for the main color and 3 balls of Alafoss Lopi yarn for the pattern color.
View all colors: http://www.alafoss.is/knitting-yarn/alafoss-lopi.html

Shop Neon Alafoss Yarn - Fast worldwide shipping

-Stay warm this winter with this easy knitting pattern for an Icelandic wool sweater-

Would you use the neon colors? Or would you pick more traditional yarn colors? Feel free to share the pattern with your friends and keep us posted of your knitting progress :)

DIY Knitted Holiday Gifts

It’s that time of the year again! To start thinking about the Holiday gift knitting projects. The Holiday season is approaching faster than you realize and before you know, it will already be December.

The best thing about knitting the gifts for friends and family is not only that these DIY Knitted Holiday Gifts will save you money, the personal touch will also make them much more meaningful to your loved ones.

Will you be giving a personal hand-knitted Christmas gift this year? Have you already started? Half-way there? Done? Haven’t started yet?

If you need some ideas, please feel free to browse through a great selection of pattern books and knitting kits or even a list of free knitting patterns on our website.

And of course, if you need more 100% Icelandic Lopi yarn – you can order it through our website and we offer fast world-wide shipping.

We look forward to hearing back from you what you have in mind for this Holiday season :)

Alafoss

More Knitting Jokes

Do you feel like “other people” … your non-knitting friends :) … do not completely understand you? We sometimes we feel that way too… that’s why we find these jokes hilarious!

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What do you think?

For more jokes, check out our @alafossiceland on Pinterest

Handmade Icelandic Volcano Soap

Have you checked out our handmade Icelandic soaps that are 100% natural with no preservatives or chemicals? They are handmade in small batches; hand-stirred, poured, hand-cut and labeled and cured for four weeks before sold.

Plus they have REAL Volcano ash from the volcanic eruption from Eyjafjallajökull in 2010 and the other has pure glacier water from a glacier (Snæfellsjökull) located in the west part of Iceland.

Volcano Soap

The Volcano Soap Bar is made with real volcano ash from Eyjafjallajokull, Iceland. The ash gives the soap a mild scrubby effect. This soap will gently remove dead skin cells, leaving your skin fresh, soft and nourished. All natural ingredients. This soap has a mild scent of spices. For all skin types. Ingredients: Olive oil, water, coconut oil, Shea-butter, lye, apricot oil, cocoa butter and volcano ash. Weight approx. 80gr (3oz.)

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Glacier Soap

The Glacier Soap bar is made with pure Glacial water from Snæfellsjökull. With Shea-butter the skin will be smooth and nourished. Good for all skin types. This soap has a mild scent of the fresh mountain air. Ingredients: Coconut oil, Olive oil, water, Shea-butter, lye, apricot oil, cocoa butter. Weight approx. 80gr (3oz.)

Glacier Soap Bar

Birch Soap

The Birch Soap bar is a soap for sensitive skin made with Betula (Birch) oil. Mild scrub effect. Only all natural ingredients are used and no preservatives or chemicals added. Ingredients: Coconut oil, Olive oil, Macadamia-nut oil, Sweet Almond oil, Hemp-seed oil, Birch oil, Shea-butter, Dried Birch leafs, Essential Oils: Sweet Birch oil. Weight approx. 80gr (3oz.)

Birch Soap

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The Little Icelandic Soap Factory is an Official EU Soap Maker and Soapguild.org member.

Shop 100% Handmade Icelandic Soaps here

Children’s Wool Sweater – Free Pattern

This beautiful Icelandic wool sweater with penguin pattern can be found here on Istex’s website.

Knitting yarn: Léttlopi – 100% Icelandic wool 

Penguin - Icelandic Wool Sweater

Alafoss Wool Blankets

The Alafoss Wool blankets are cozy, warm and a very popular gift item. Below you can see all the various different styles and colors with traditional Icelandic wool patterns. All of the blankets are warm, soft and breathable and are made of 100% pure Icelandic Wool. Due to the fine quality of the wool, the throws are very long-lasting but soft at the same time.

We may be biased, but we feel like the Icelandic wool blankets are a must for every home :)

You can click on the caption of each picture of the blankets below to learn more about styles, sizes and prices.

Our Twitter fans agree :) Are you following us on Twitter?

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“Dear Non-Knitter…”

Does anyone relate to this problem?  Share with us your story :)

“Dear non-knitter,

Here are few things that are intended to help you understand us knitters better.

I can knit, talk and listen. The fact that I look you straight in the eyes while I’m knitting, should be an indication that you have all my attention (except while I’m counting). This is called multi-tasking.

Do not change the TV channel if I’m sitting in front of the TV with my knitting needles. I know perfectly what’s going on in the episode though I’m not looking at the TV and know very well who killed whom for that matter. The only time I do not want to talk to you is when you hear; “23, 24, 25, 26 ….” If you can hear me saying some some numbers out loud, it is a clear signal that I’m counting.

If you disturb me in these circumstances, I refuse to take responsibility for my own actions, if you are the cause that I have to recount these 376 stitches. Believe me, it will not be pretty.

Although I curse like a sailor, throw my knitting projects up against the wall, and at times may threaten every one around me, I really enjoy knitting. You can count on it that I sure do love it. I find it fun and incredibly relaxing.

Since we are already on that subject… YES, you can give me more yarn. Don’t assume that even though I have plenty of yarn, that I don’t want more. I have a lot because I love yarn. If you hear me talk about that I have too much yarn, then I’m lying. More yarn is ALWAYS a good gift. If my yarn stash is larger than in the yarn shop, then maybe I will think about it.

Thank you for taking this into consideration. I will probably send you more useful advice later such as “How housekeeping makes you incredibly sexy”.

Ps. You never know, maybe I will have you in mind when choosing my next knitting project. So be nice! :)

(Borrowed from a Facebook Knitting Group in Iceland)

Does anyone relate to this problem?  Share with us your story :)