Friday, 11 April 2014

Alafoss Wool Factory Shop

The old Alafoss wool factory was established in 1896. It is said it marked the true beginning of Iceland's wool industry. The shop we visited is located in the old factory house by the waterfall, about 15 minutes outside of Reykjavik.


Stuffed to the gunnels with yarny wonderfulness, the only thing that held me back was the size of my luggage.



At the back of the shop we found some old knitting and factory machinery and some vintage patterns and photos. We also spotted an Icelandic jumper in the making.



I did have space in my case for a small purchase of yarn, which I will be using very soon and is absolutely not just adding to my stash. Which is quite a small stash anyway, just in case anyone is interested.


This is the quirky dressed window that greets you on arrival at Alafoss. I hope you can make it out, not a brilliant pic' I'm afraid.

4 comments:

  1. What a fascinating beautiful place! Your photography is gorgeous Jean, can't wait to see what your woolly plans are.x

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    1. Thanks so much for your lovely comment. My woolly plans on the UFO front should involve crochet but alas it's proving to be the devil to get to grips with. I shall have to attend one of my own beginners crochet workshops when they start later on this year, ha ha. I'm not the tutor btw.

      I can knit though and have found a delightful project in one of my Jane Brocket books. I'll be sharing soon.


      Jean x

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  2. Another tick on reasons to visit (most of my knitting is in alafoss) you were admirably restrained on the wool buying front, think I'd have probably had to have bought another suitcase if the price was better than here. Hope there are more photos to come.

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    1. I think I have a few more pics. Thanks for dropping by and leaving your comment.
      Jean x

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