By Kristín Brynja Gunnarsdóttir
This stunning book with its modern styling and handy marker ribbon contains 2 designs by Halla Ben and 7 designs by Kristin Brynja Gunnarsdóttir, of which 8 are for women and one is unisex. The patterns are of varied skill levels.
Capturing the essence of einrúm design, the patterns make simple, beautiful and modern garments where craftsmanship, pleasure and challenge are a part of the creating process.
The Icelandic word “einrúm” to us signifies privacy for creation – a space that opens up in the mind of a creative person, a space that opens up between the individual who creates and the thing that is created.
My einrúm was in my grandmother‘s kitchen. My grandmother taught me to work with the Icelandic wool and to appreciate its unique characteristics. I learnt that time is well spent on working with the quality material and I learnt to take pleasure in the moments I spent creating.
einrúm is a product of history and memories: a product of two different worlds, two different threads. The einrúm yarn is spun from Icelandic wool and Thai mulberry silk. I wanted to show the unique characteristics of the Icelandic wool give it a good boost and modernise it. Thai women in rural areas produce silk in their backyards for their own use and as extra income for the family. The two very different threads, wool and silk, are both natural products and both have insulating qualities.
Since I learned to knit I have been fascinated by the fact that you can „produce“ your garment yourself and at the same time enjoy every minute of the time that it takes to knit and subsequently wear and enjoy the garment for a long time. It is fascinating to choose the project and the material, tackle the task of transferring an idea, which is on a printed knitting pattern, to a real thing made from the thread, find a peace of mind in the rhythm of hundreds of stitches forming the garment, take pleasure in having finished the project and having made a garment that you can proudly use or give to someone special.
This is the essence of einrúm design. These are patterns of simple, beautiful and modern garments where craftsmanship, pleasure and challenge are a part of the creating process which we hope you enjoy with us.