Author Archives: Kate Ruddle

Sustainable Easter Eggs

Happy Easter! Naturally colored eggs from the farmer’s market!! No dyes needed! The pastel blue and green eggs are from Araucana chickens from Chile or the “Easter Egger”. Sometimes these breeds are thought to be the same chicken – and … Continue reading

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Réttir in the Vatnasdal Valley

One of the reasons I wanted to go to Iceland in September was to take part in the sheep and horse round-ups of Réttir and to experience wool creation from its inception. During Réttir, the sheep are herded down the … Continue reading

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Lopi Wool – Thel and Tog

Icelandic sheep have a special two-part coat. They look a bit like walking balls of wool! Thel, a soft inner layer, acts to keep the sheep warm and cozy –  like long underwear for sheep! Thel fibers are soft and … Continue reading

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Weaving on a Tiny Mighty Loom

So I want to share a bit about my weaving adventures! Here is the view from the loom I am using.  The loom room is amazing. It has been cold, windy, rainy, and somewhat raging for the last few days … Continue reading

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Frame Weaving by Hand in Iceland

I went back to grocery store today and used my newest word phrase – aðskilin kaup, which means “separate charge”.  This way I can keep my wool purchases separate from my food purchases.. The clerk was speaking to me in … Continue reading

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Word a Day – Ja and Nei

Today’s word is já –  it means yes. It is pronounced like “yow” – makes me think of a cat. Working to catch up; drawings are up to date but posts are behind – so two words that go together … Continue reading

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One Word a Day – Takk

The word of the day is Takk. Takk means thanks! This is how I decided to start to learn a few words is Icelandic. I was in the grocery store and I realized all I pretty much said was hello … Continue reading

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Icelandic Textile Residency

Here is the textile residency where I am staying. The building on the right is the artist residency. Some of the rooms are dedicated museum rooms and are preserved with artifacts of the original women’s college. The building to the … Continue reading

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One Word a Day Project

Halló from Blondous! One word a day project starting! – I am going to learn some Icelandic. One word a day. First day was Halló. The days of my residency are bundled in four neat seven day packages. My travels … Continue reading

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Preview of Icelandic Residency

A preview of what I will be sharing on my upcoming trip: I hope to be participating in the Réttir horse and sheep round up at the end of beginning of September and learning new techniques such as wool felting, … Continue reading

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