So, in the Small World Department, this is not like having THERESA REBECK IN MY HOUSE or anything, but it’s all I got. (By the way, that “having people in my house” thing is something you do with such elan, whereas I freak out and run around plumping cushions in terror if the neighbor rings the doorbell to borrow some printer paper. What is your secret? I always think, we’ll have a party in this apartment real soon. Maybe after the NEXT renovation. The renovation after I’m dead and gone at a great old age and a cute young couple buys the apartment.)
Anyway. I noticed on the Internets that there is a brand-new book out about my new favorite subject: Icelandic knitting. It’s called Knitting with Icelandic Wool. The author is Védis Jónsdóttir.
Védis Jónsdóttir, Védis Jónsdóttir. Why does that name sound familiar?
Because Védis Jónsdóttir designed Riddari, the one and only Icelandic sweater I’ve knit! From a back issue of the Lopi knitting magazine (no. 28).
So, I’m wondering, who is this Védis Jónsdóttir? I look at the back cover of the book for an author photo or bio. “Védis Jónsdóttir grew up on a farm on the west coast of Iceland….blah blah….head designer at Ístex…et cetera…Védis chooses the yarn colors for Ístex….hmmm…she lives in Manhattan.”
SHE LIVES IN MANHATTAN.
Védis. Call me. Come on over. I’ll plump the cushions.
Anyway, it’s a great book. Satisfies a lot of my curiosity about Icelandic wool and knitting, and the famous lopapeysa–which only dates back to the 1950s, who knew?–while at the same time, feeding the fire. A big treasury of old and new Icelandic knitting patterns. I can tell we’re going to be friends.
P.S. This may be the first lightning blog that I actually did in 15 minutes. With the crazy Icelandic accent marks on the Os and everything.