I have recently returned from a trip to Iceland and Scandinavia. Ostensibly to attend a family reunion in Tonstad, Norway (the birthplace of my father), I had an enviable two weeks to spend in the world's knitting hotbeds. As I was traveling with my husband and 3 growing boys through countries in which every sandwich (however humble) costs $10.00, a large slice of our trip for the budget went to food. With every meal, I saw my yarn budget diminish...and so I rapidly became resourceful about finding cheap eats across Norway. In Bergen (home of the $9.00 cup of coffee), I discovered a church mission serving up a most delicious and nutritious portion of homemade soup and waffles with strawberry jam for a pittance. To further my delight, across the street was the mission store (locals donating family heirlooms ...most of which are traditional manufactures...for sale by the church mission to the public.) in which I discovered this little delight. While not knitting, I felt I wanted to add it to my blog for the purpose of sharing it with fiberholics as I have found no comparable designs on the web.
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For 28NOK ($4.00 US), I snapped it up and am happy to share it with you here. It was, without question, the only bargain of the trip!
Incidentally, as a money-saving trip for knitters traveling in Scandinavia...church stores and second-hand sweater stores often sell bags of half-finished knitting projects (owners deceased?). You'll be able to purchase yarn at a fraction of the cost of buying it new, and if you're lucky, you'll have a head-start on a project!