Iceland Field School Day 5 | June 5, 2018

At the Kvennaskóllin, Jóhanna (far right) teaches us how to spin, as we learn how to handle fleece and the wheel and ‘sit like a queen.’ Photo: Kathleen Vaughan

Two years ago I was enraptured by my first visit to Blönduós, here for a residency at the Icelandic Textile Centre. On this anniversary I’m back for a second trip — with 13 ConU students as part of the Iceland Field School. Today as the sun burns off the morning fog, we are working with  Jóhanna Erla Pálmadóttir at the Kvennaskolinn, where she is patiently teaching us how to spin Icelandic wool! Horrible/fabulous to be an incompetent beginner at something again!