Culture and Crafts-Day Classes

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Culture and Crafts-Day Classes

Culture and Crafts-Day Classes
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Culture and Craft is a company that works with people who are interested in increasing their knowledge of knitting, and aimed at everyone from beginners to more advanced knitters. Participants learn about Icelandic wool and the culture that has developed since the time of the settlement. Culture and Craft workshops and courses are run by Ragnheiður Jóhannsdóttir, a skilled educator with over 40 years’ knitting experience. She offers 3 hour knitting workshops, walking tours and longer knitting courses for up to 7 days, all of which are conducted in English and for a maximum group size of 12 people.Find more information and booking on our website.
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Moaney J
Aberlour, UK2 contributions
Apr 2013 • Couples
I spent the morning with Ragga doing a knitting course and thoroughly enjoyed it. I thought of myself as an average knitter but Ragga showed me a completely different way to knit and I'm not going back to my old ways. The course was excellent value for money as I was a private class, only Ragga and Me. I came away with an almost complete headband and enough wool to knit another. Ragga was so patient and it was so easy to follow her instructions and she was so easy to hat to. If I ever make it back to Iceland, and I hope to some day, then I will be booking another knitting course with her, a lovely morning spent with a lovely Lady. Thanks Ragga
Written July 12, 2013
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Thank you Joan. I´m looking forward seeing you in your next trip. Now I´m working on a 1 day Workshop - knitting 9-5. The information will soon be on my homepage. Thank you again and hope to see you in the near future.
Written March 17, 2015
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Megan S
Bozeman, MT10 contributions
Jun 2015 • Solo
I took the Esja Travel knitting tour with Ragga and it was absolutely fabulous. Traveled solo and met new knitting friends through her terrific workshop and tour. The tour was 7 days and Ragga was the most gracious and knowledgeable tour guide one could possibly imagine. She was organized and interesting. As a tour guide she is dynamic and very interesting. She was eager to share her country's history and answered all our questions even though some may have been considered personal or even silly. Her knowledge of Icelandic knitting and handwork is incredible. I wished I could download all her wealth of information to bring back with me. We didn't just knit - but saw sights that I know I couldn't or wouldn't have seen had it not been included in this great tour. I stayed a few days after the tour and took another tour and realized how fabulously she and Esja Travel had planned this tour. The first day we visited the Icelandic Hand Knitters Association to pick up our choice of wool and pattern for the week, visited a living history museum with a planned tour focused on how Icelander's lived and used fiber 150 years ago, took our private van (very comfortable with a great driver) to the Parliament heritage site and the North American and European tectonic plate rift (a must see in Iceland), spent a lovely hour at the Fontana spa (natural hot springs), had lunch in a lovely local restraint, saw a geyser and fabulous waterfall, visited a tomato greenhouse, drove through wonderful countryside and reached our basecamp destination at the fabulous Hotel Fljotshlid. Not to be enough for one day we started our swatch and planned our project. And all the days were like this! I consider myself an intermediate knitter and am inspired to knit more and improve! Icelandic wool is wonderful to work with and we got to see from lamb to sweater in our adventures in Iceland! I can't wait to go back and visit another Ragga workshop! This lovely woman could not be out down by anyone!
Written June 13, 2015
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Thank you Megan and I´m looking forward seeing you again later this year.
Written July 7, 2015
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jdaydreams
York, UK27 contributions
Feb 2015 • Solo
I spent four days with Ragga on a knitting tour of Western Iceland arranged in conjunction with Esja travel. Unlike your previous reviewers I am NOT a very experienced knitter and am very slow but I love knitting and wanted to improve on my skills. The other four women on the tour were way ahead of me but Ragga made sure I was never left out and chose suitable smaller projects and things to try, including the continental yarn in left hand style of knitting and a beginners pattern for learning lace work and using hand dyed local lace weight wool. I ABSOLUTELY loved this tour. There were so many eventful visits made in glorious countryside. A goat farm where the owner is single handedly saving the Icelandic goat from extinction; a sheep farm; a 3 hr workshop with an expert in experimenting with using Icelandic plants in dyeing einband yarns; a visit from a spinster; a local cooperative showroom organised by local handcrafters; and much much more. We stayed right on the waters edge in Borganes in the Borgarnes Bed and Breakfast (a real home from home) . I came away feeling very inspired by all the people I met and with a debt of gratitude to Ragga who gave me so much time and attention and motivated me to do more.
Written February 24, 2015
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Thank you for your visit and I hope to see you soon.
Written July 7, 2015
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Pat B
New Jersey5 contributions
Jan 2015 • Solo
I arrived as a seasoned knitter eager to make a traditional Icelandic sweater (lopapeysa), but with some holes in my experience. I’d never worked with multiple colors and was new to the continental method. Ragga taught me a new way to cast on, much faster and nicer than my old way. She helped work out some snags in my technique and soon had me knitting with 2 colors and understanding how to use more if needed. By the end of the day we had completed enough of the yoke portion to confirm that I could read the pattern and perform all the required stitches. Along the way she discussed Icelandic lopi and what sets it apart from other wool and we had time to explore lots of non-knitting topics as well. All in all it was a very successful and enjoyable day. I came home with yarn for my first lopapeysa, the confidence to make the attempt, and lots of enthusiasm.
Written January 24, 2015
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Thank you Pat for your comments. You are a unique woman who has ambition to expand your knowledge of knitting. It was a great day we had together in Borgarnes. Good luck in the knitting in the future.
Written April 1, 2015
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m P
Edinburgh, UK13 contributions
Apr 2016 • Friends
Ragnheidur was a wonderful teacher. I am an intermediate knitter and wanted to learn about Icelandic knitting styles. She was very patience and I learned lots of new things. She took us to lunch at a wonderful cafe bakery. We then walked around Mosfellsbaer to the Alafoss shop. She told us the areas crafting history and the history of wool in Iceland. I highly recommend this tour if you love wool and knitting. The next time I am in Iceland, I would like to try her 4 day workshop to do Intarsia sweaters.
Written April 28, 2016
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Thank you for coming and enjoying my workshop. Hope you are coming on 4 days workshop.
Written May 1, 2016
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M0per
Saint Paul, MN11 contributions
Jun 2015 • Friends
I travelled to Iceland on a 7 day knitting tour arranged though Esja Travel. It was by far beyond my wildest dreams. Ragga is a generous, patient, gifted knitter who extols the great virtues of Icelandic wool and knitting. She answered all our questions and generously gave us so much of her wisdom...she is so inspiring. On top of that she is a wonderful guide and has a delightful sense of humor.
Frankly, much of the time those of us on the tour were pinching ourselves to make sure this was all real!
We toured many of the sites generally known as the circle tour on our first day ending up at Hotel Fljotshlid for 5 days. It was the perfect place to knit, eat, knit, laugh, knit, tour the area (waterfalls, glaciers, the Saga Museum where we all had a chance to put some stitches In the Saga tapestry!) and just learn so much.
Our trip culminated at the Alafoss store on our way back to Reykjavik....and knitters nirvana!
I highly recommend taking a class or a tour from Ragga. She has made great connections through the country that appeal to fiber enthusiasts.
I hope to return someday for another tour with Ragga and Esja Travel. I learned so much about Iceland, saw many beautiful sites and can't wait to continue to increase my skills and knowledge of knitting and Iceland.
Written June 16, 2015
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Thank you so much and I´m glad that you enjoyed hour trip. Hope to see you again.
Written July 7, 2015
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heyh
DC9 contributions
Feb 2015
I'm a fairly experienced knitter but have always had trouble with colorwork - I've started and abandoned multiple colorwork projects before, and I was hoping this workshop would give me a chance to practice. It turns out you can choose what to work on, so I picked a colorwork headband. I was already a continental knitter, but by the end of the morning I was feeling much more confident about my ability to hold two colors in my left hand. Ragga adjusts to the students who show up, so a less experienced knitter would also get a lot out of it, and I imagine a more experienced knitter would, too. It was lovely to sit around a table on a snowy winter morning, practicing new skills, getting tips and advice, and learning about the history of knitting and yarn production in Iceland. I would definitely recommend it to any knitter. Oh also - it was very easy to get to the class location in Mosfellsbær from downtown Reykjavik on the bus.
Written February 11, 2015
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Hi and thank you for your compliments. I saw that you are a very experienced knitter and interested to learn new technic. Thanks for the book.
Written April 1, 2015
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MrsBelleSparkle
London, UK3 contributions
Sep 2016 • Friends
My mum and I took the four day course with Ragnheidur and enjoyed every minute of it. Not only did we learn a lot about colour work, Icelandic wool and patterns as well as finishing off techniques but also Icelandic customs and cultures, cuisine and history. Ragga was a great host, made sure the course was tailored to everyone's needs and was more than happy to go over anything as often as necessary. She was generous with her time and patient with our mistakes! The trip to the National Museum gave us both context and understanding of what we were learning and the Alafoss shop became our favourite haunt. Thank you Ragga for such a wonderful four days, we look forward to another course next time we're in Iceland!
Written September 17, 2016
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Thank you. I enjoy helping knitters. Hope to see you again. Ragga
Written September 18, 2016
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amyknitsthings
California3 contributions
Apr 2016 • Solo
I visited Mosfellsbaer and took the 3 hour workshop with Ragga on the second to last day of our trip. I already know how to knit but was blown away by how much I learned in such a short amount of time! Ragga is delightful; she is warm, kind, funny and an *excellent* teacher. The morning flew by! We ended the class with a light lunch and a visit to the Alafoss wool store - it was a perfect day. I highly recommend Culture & Crafts.
Written July 25, 2016
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Thank you for coming to my workshop. I love to have such a talented knitters on my workshop.
Written July 27, 2016
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tinaj2252016
New York City, NY1 contribution
May 2016 • Friends
My friend, Stacey & I, took the 4 day workshop and we enjoyed every minute of it. Ragga is so patient and knowledgeable. We learned so much from her. She is a great teacher and hostess! This workshop was the highlight of our 8 day vacation. I would recommend this workshop for all knitting levels.
Written May 31, 2016
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Thank you Tina and Stacey. It was great having you on my workshop. You were both very talented. Looking forward seeing what will be your next challenge.
Written June 2, 2016
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