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The Handknitting Association of Iceland
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Without Sheep, Iceland would have become uninhabitable

The secrets of Icelandic Wool

When Viking settlers first arrived in Iceland in 874AD they brought with them two breeds of domestic livestock. What would become known as the Iceland Horse and the Iceland Sheep. In time both would have almost as much impact on the development of Iceland as man himself.

From the very beginning, Icelanders have found themselves engaged in a relentless struggle to come to terms with the rugged environment in Which they live.

While the medieval sagas may have gained their inspiration from deeds of heroism and great daring, they also tell of the persuits around which daily life revolved. Among them shearing, spinning, carding and knitting, crafts which became traditions little altered with the passage of time.

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