Nurse Guðrún Kristinsdóttir has made headlines in Iceland after inviting a third of the Icelandic population to her sewing circle. Kristinsdóttir accidentally posted an invite on the FB-group Gefins, allt gefins (Free, Everything for Free), Fréttablaðið reports.
“Isn’t it time we get together? Personally, I think it’s time for a sewing circle. Dóra María hosted the circle last time. Should we stick to a system of alphabetical order, or do we have any volunteers?” Kristinsdóttir wrote, before realizing she had shared the message to the wrong FB group.
“OK, so I messaged the wrong group, but how about we go through with it anyway? How does Arnarhóll [a popular place for public gatherings in Reykjavík] next Friday sound? My kids are saying that this is the most motherly thing I’ve ever done.” Members of the group were more than amenable to Kristinsdóttir’s suggestion. The comments are, to say the least, comical.
“I’ve been reading the comments and my family can’t stop laughing,” Kristinsdóttir said in an interview with Fréttablaðið. “It’s good to make people laugh.”
Iceland’s “Largest Sewing Circle”
Kristinsdóttir’s sewing circle, which first met 30 years ago and is entirely comprised of nurses, has perhaps become the largest sewing circle in Iceland. “All of us studied together. They, of course, think the whole thing’s hilarious.”
Numerous members of the FB group Free, Everything for Free have volunteered to cater the sewing circle while others have offered to book musicians. Some agree with Kristinsóttir that the alphabetical system is, indeed, preferable, while others have stepped forward and volunteered to host the circle.
Íris Sif Kristjánsdóttir was the first to comment on Kristinsdóttir’s post: “I’m relatively certain you didn’t intend on inviting all of the group to your sewing circle.”
That’s when the ball started rolling. Almost 2,000 people have liked Kristinsdóttir’s post and nearly 1,000 have commented. Hrönn Hjálmars suggests a bingo night, Einar Ragnar Haraldsson says that he’s prepared to fly in from Denmark.
“Guðrún Kristinsdóttir, you’re the reason I love the internet. You just made my day,’ Heiða Dögg Liljudóttir writes.
According to current plans, Iceland’s “most populous sewing circle” will meet on Arnarhóll Saturday, November 2nd, between 14 and 17.
Kristinsdóttir herself plans on attending, along with the members of her original sewing circle.