Today on the blog, I would like to feature a fantastic knitter, Lori Ann Graham (@loritimesfive on instagram), who has knitted many patterns from The Icelandic Knitter. She came to Iceland last summer but we didn’t get the chance to meet. As a photographer, Lori is taking absolutely gorgeous pictures that I want to share with all of you, lovely knitters around the world. Enjoy!
“The wool is hand dyed with wild Icelandic plants by the dyers at Ullarsellid in Hvanneyrri in the west of Iceland and there is a lovely smell, the smell of Iceland.”
“Oh Halldóra. This long shawl has come close to knitting nirvana. (…) Two and a half ounces of gentleness and grace” says Lori.
“Knitting this true lace was a solitary experience” she ads.
Halldóra reappears then regularly on Lori’s instagram feed as she uses it a lot for her travels.
Then Lori knitted my Icelandic Spring Shawl, a much easier lace project!
And if you look closely at Lori’s feed, you will often see the little sweater hanging in her beautiful workspace, like on this picture:
And I can’t believe she brought the lights to Iceland and displayed them even in her… tent!
My soft shoes and shoes-inserts were next on Lori’s list. The patterns for the two of them are to be found in my book “Icelandic handknits“. And if the shoe-inserts intrigue you, you can learn much more about them in my other book “Icelandic color knitting“.
I like the wee version she made for Pipi!
In the Old days, nothing was wasted and even the tiniest bits of left over yarn would be used to knit for example traditional shoe-inserts. And look, this is exactly what Lori did, using left overs of her Rebekka and Icelandic Spring shawl!
Lori makes delightful travel journals (you will find a recipe in the beautiful Making magazine, Fauna). This is the journal she made for her trip to Iceland, stitching on the cover the Old Icelandic cross stitch motif of my Skagafirði bag. You will find the motif, together with a pattern for the bag and matching mittens in my book Icelandic Handknits.
Thank you Lori, your pictures are such an inspiration!