Gára means “folding” in Icelandic. A gorgeous combination of two yarns – Love Story and Einrúm creates a unique fabric and the different yarn weights create these ropes resembling flowing lava. Einrúm by Kristin Brynja is a design improving Icelandic lopi (unspun) wool and making it softer by adding thai silk. Twinned together, the result is an airy yarn, as light as the unspun Icelandic yarns and as strong as the silk. The easy colorwork is in the cowl enhanced by the mottled wool Einrúm alternating delicate bands of stocking stitch with my very fine and soft 100% lambswool Icelandic lace Love Story.
Gára is a versatile garment – wear it as a hood, a cowl, a snood or a cape. The pattern is available individually or as a kit in the color combination shown. Two skeins of Einrúm E (one in light shade and one in a dark shade) and one skein of Love Story in Hot Spring Blue.
Gára is adaptable for children (in other words, Henrietta is trying to steal it from me!) and I could even see it worn as a skirt!
I’ve been using this design more than I ever imagined: it works as well for chilly evenings (or in Iceland during the summer, ehe!) or for extra protection during a snow storm (a common situation in Iceland!).
It’s also very good if you want to go incognito!
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!