Hlemmur

Last night was Culture Night in Reykjavík. That means that we did the amazing yarn bus a year ago. Wow! This year we decided to do something different. We wanted the people to join us and help out. So we applied for the project ‘Yarnstorm Hlemmur!’.

Hlemmur is a bus stop in the city center and has been a bit boring and dull for many years. It is one of the places where homeless people spend their day. But I have always loved this building. There is something about it. But I wanted to bring out how warm and welcoming it can really be. And what better way to do this than with yarn and togetherness?

So many people came! And so many people helped, either by yarnstorming with us, or by donating amazing material for the project. Everyone were interested and positive and we had a blast and are very thankful.

So here are some fun snaps we took.

Let the fun begin
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et the fun begin!

Margrét Inga

SMILE!
H
ELLO!

Lommi found his doppelganger
T
wins?

Magga

Assembly line
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ssembly line

Everyone working hard

Off course I had to pose with him!
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ón Gnarr, mayor of Reykjavík stopped by and off course he helped out!

Yes, Jón. You can do it!
Y
ou are doing it right!

Margrét Inga

Yarnstorm

Sigurlaug

Elín

Crowd

Hlemmur

Hlemmur

Ticket office
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icket office. The woman in there was knitting on and off throughout the day.

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More photos here (flickr link) and on our Facebook page!
Please stop by at Hlemmur in the following days and check all of it out. It gets to stay there as long as it is pretty and nice. Oh, and spread the joy by sharing and liking us, because we sure do like you!

Bus Yarnstorming

Today is Culture Night in Reykjavík. The whole city is full of music and arts and fun. About 6 weeks ago, we in Reykjavík Underground Yarnstormers were asked to take part by yarnstorming a bus for this night. All bus rides today are free and many people choose to leave the family car at home and use public transport instead since parking in the city center can be hard on days like this. The schedule for the night ends at 23.00 with a huge firework show by the harbor. It is a great day, so off course we wanted to help out by making one of the buses pretty and full of yarn and colors.

About 30 of us knitted and did a whole lot of crochet for this project, and about 20 of us came yesterday to put it all up in the bus. The bus has 44 normal seats so it was a lot of work.

Off course we took pictures. Lots and lots of pictures! I only have my own for now, but there will be more added over the next few days. So keep checking the photo link at the bottom, and this blog, and our Facebook page.

Now, on to the pictures!

292418_10151103840353426_613097609_nThe assembly line – photo by Lena

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The guys helped also!

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Things got a bit silly after 7+ hours of work.

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This is bus #196. If you are in Iceland and want to take this bus, you can call the number for the bus service department: 5402700 and ask where it is located. The yarnstorm will stay on the bus for some time, it is not just for today. It basically gets to stay up as long as it is not ruined or getting very dirty and messy. So please, take good care of it and respect all the work that went into doing this. We all enjoyed it so much, and we want you to enjoy it also, for as long as possible!

More photos, and even more will be added later here, and on our Facebook page.

@svelgur driving the yarn bus

1st Mission – Statues

One Tuesday night in Reykjavík, a group of people met at a local bar, had a drink and then stormed out into the night, armed with yarn, needles, cameras and tags. Why? Because it is fun and we believe it makes the city more interesting and beautiful to decorated with yarngoodies. Simple as that.
And off we go
First stop: Vatnsberinn, a statue located on the corner of Bankastræti and Lækjargata.
180 cm Vatnsberinn Tag Vatnsberinn
Name: Vatnsberinn by Ásmundur Sveinsson
Location: corner of Lækjargata and Bankastræti
Graffer: BarbaKnit

Second stop: Jón Sigurðsson, a statue located on Austurvöllur.
Jón Sigurðsson Jón Sigurðsson Jón Sigurðsson
Name: Jón Sigurðsson by Einar Jónsson
Location: Austurvöllur
Graffer: Eva

Third stop: Stúlkumynd, a statue located by Kvennaskólinn in Reykjavík.
Stúlkumynd - Soffía Stúlkumynd - Soffía Stúlkumynd - Soffía
Name: Stúlkumynd – Soffía by Ólöf Pálsdóttir
Location: Fríkirkjuvegur, by Kvennaskólinn í Reykjavík
Graffer: YarnDiva

Fourth stop: Fótboltamaður, a statue located by Listasafn Íslands.
Fótboltamaður Fótboltamaður
Name: Fótboltamaður by Sigurjón Ólafsson
Location: Fríkirkjuvegur, by Listasafn Íslands
Graffer: BarbaKnit

Fifth stop: Adonis, a statue located on the corner of Fríkirkjuvegur and Skothúsvegur.
Adonis Adonis
Name: Adonis by Bertel Thorvaldsen
Location: On the corner of Fríkirkjuvegur and Skothúsvegur
Graffer: WAR

And on we went, into the night, looking for more statues to dress up.
Group

Sixth stop: Útlagar, a statue located by Hólavallacemetery.
Útlagar Útlagar Útlagar Útlagar
Name: Útlagar by Einar Jónsson
Location: Hringbraut by Hólavallacemetery
Graffer: Knitrek, BarbaKnit and Eva

Seventh stop: Tónlistarmaður, a statue located on Hagatorg.
Tónlistarmaður Tónlistarmaður Tónlistarmaðurinn Tónlistarmaðurinn
Name: Tónlistarmaður by Ólöf Pálsdóttir
Location: Hagatorg
Graffer: YarnDiva

Eight stop: Björg C. Þorláksson, a statue located at Oddi by the University of Iceland.
Björg C. Þorláksson Björg C. Þorláksson
Name: Photo by Hrund Þórisdóttir
Location: Oddi by The University
Graffer: Erla

Ninth stop: Móðir og barn, by Landspítalinn – The National Hospital.
Móðir og barn Móðir og barn Móðir og barn Móðir og barn
Name: Móðir og Barn
Location: Landspítalinn, Kvennadeildir – the National Hospital
Graffer: KnittyAttitude

Tenth stop: Hannes Hafstein, by Government offices of Iceland, Lækjargata
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Name: Hannes Hafstein by Einar Jónsson
Location: L Government offices of Iceland, Lækjargata
Graffer: Ninja

And then, when Ninja was so close to being finished, the cops showed up.
Uh-oh! Hannes Hafstein
Not one, but two cop cars! Knitting gangsters, that’s what we are!
And we were asked to take the awesome Batman mask of mister Hannes Hafstein. I don’t know about you, but I think he looked so much better with the mask on.

More missions coming up. Stay tuned!

*View all photos from this mission HERE