The workshops are led by Ragnheiður Jóhannsdóttir, Ragga, a knitter with over 50 years’ experience. She is also skilled in herbal dyeing, felting and spinning yarn: basically, anything and everything to do with wool.
Ragga was born in 1955 and grew up in Sauðárkrókur. Her parents’ and grandparents’ homes were close to each other, and it was from her grandmother that she learned working skills in sewing and embroidery when she was young. Grandma taught her to knit when she was 6 years old. She also taught her to sew and to crochet. Her first products were clothes for her dolls. She was about 10 years old when she decided to knit herself a sweater, but it was so tightly knitted that she could never use it.
Ragga is a qualified crafts teacher and through her studies she learned a lot about the quality of handicraft and how to alter patterns and adapt the style and shape of clothes. Later she qualified as a teacher for children with special needs. Through the years she has attended many courses and learned, among other things, silver jewelry, leatherwork, glass art, calligraphy and wood carving. She has specialized in how wool and wool processing has evolved over the years and focused on the history of sweater design. Besides knitting a lot over the last 30 years, she has designed glassware using Icelandic stones for decoration. Over the past few years she has designed and sold The Elf Shoes (Álfaskór), which are handknitted and felted afterwards. One sweater she knitted for herself in 1994 has aged so well that it is still in use; you will get to see it when you arrive on your course. What she enjoys most is teaching interested people new skills and showing them how they can use their knowledge for further development. She loves working with Icelandic wool and is very keen to share her knitting knowledge on these courses.