Two years and two seasons ago, my sister, two friends, and I visited the Vikingeskibsmuseet in Roskilde, Denmark. We arrived in time for the Ild, Vand, og Vikinger (Fire, Water, and Vikings) Festival. The weather was warm and the sun was shining, but I bought three skeins of heavy, Icelandic wool for a farmer at the festival. Two were shades of natural, undyed gray, and one, a vibrant but natural yellow, was dyed with lyng (heather).
Natural dying with rejnfan (tansy).
I chose a motif inspired by Fana sweaters.
It has taken me a long time to finish the mittens and hat that I made with this yarn, and it may be another 6 months before they are worn, but I don’t mind. Memories of our day in Denmark are present in each stitch.
Photos were taken on a beautiful March day at the summit of Black Mountain, overlooking Lake George in New York.