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North Iceland Knitters Make 17-Kilometer Long Scarf

A new tunnel between Ólafsfjördur and Siglufjördur will be opened shortly and to mark the occasion keen knitters in the region are making a 17-kilometer long scarf to connect the towns through the tunnel in a warm manner.

Knitters at Reykjavík City Museum. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.

The initiative was launched by Frída Björk Gylfadóttir. So far 500 knitters have joined her and she is expecting even more. “New people keep signing up,” she told Morgunbladid.

“We have 7.4 kilometers and both women and men are knitting. The youngest knitter, Haukur Orri Kristinsson, is ten years old and the oldest knitter is 94-year-old Nanna Franklínsdóttir,” Gylfadóttir added.

Once the scarf has been completed and the tunnel inaugurated, the plan is to cut the scarf up into appropriate lengths and sell them in support of charities.

When asked where all the yarn comes from, Gylfadóttir explained that wool producer Ístex has given them a generous discount but people are also efficient in using scrap yarn.

“I have also received financial contributions from here and there,” she said, adding that yarn has also been sent to her from all around Iceland and even from abroad, from countries such as Denmark, Sweden, Norway, the US, Estonia and Germany.

Those who are interested in monitoring the knitters’ progress can find further information on Gylfadóttir’s website, frida.is.

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