Strokkur is a fountain geyser in Iceland. It is located in a geothermal area in the southwest part of the country, east of Reykjavík. The popular tourist attraction erupts every five to ten minutes. The word strokkur means churn in Icelandic.
When Ysolda Teague, the extremely talented young Scottish knitter, designed a pullover pattern knit in Icelandic yarn (Létt-Lopi by Ístex), she called it Strokkur.
Designer: Isolda Teague Yarn: Létt-Lopi by Ístex Colours: Blue (1403); Grey (0054); Rose (9428) Needles: Circular - 5.0 mm This was such an enjoyable pattern to knit. It was so well written that the garment simply flowed from the needles without a hitch. Strokkur is knit in the round, from the bottom up. The sleeves are knit separately, also in the round, and are joined to the pullover before starting the stranded colour work section of the yoke. The underarms are closed with a three needle bind off. With this pattern, I used lifted increases for the first time, as well as unwrapped short rows, and Ysolda's version of Jenny's Incredibly Stretchy Bind Off. I will use all three techniques for sweaters I knit in the future. The only modification I made was to shorten the sleeve length by about an inch. The pullover fits beautifully. Thank you to my darling daughters for giving me a gift of the yarn and an afternoon at Romni Wool in Toronto to mull over the colours and make my final selection.
Looks tranquil, doesn't it? I spent a moment admiring the lilac when I first stepped outside this morning. Then, after gazing at the clouds and sky, a brown lump on the lawn to the left of the lilac caught my eye. A pile of dirt? A stack of matted dried leaves? As I stepped toward it, I discovered, to my horror
a headless brown bunny rabbit, with one foot lying six inches from the body and the bowels spilled out onto the grass (a graphic description, but, for heaven's sake, you all have seen and heard worse on CSI and Law and Order!).
Mother Nature often seems a cruel kind of gal but I guess it is the natural order of things, the law of the jungle/forest. We have owls in the woodland around us and one Barn Owl in particular has lately been hooting loudly, day and night. I am hoping the bunny fell victim to the nighttime hunting skills of this local barn owl. And not a coyote. Oh, please, Mother Nature, not a coyote! And I hope decapitation was swift.
I suppose the presence of a corpse on the property will lower the real estate values around here. These houses up back are empty at present and I was really counting on summer rentals.