If "tell me something typically scandinavian?" was a Family Feud question, most people here would come up with Ikea at first. Scanadinavian often means bold lines, whites, straight cut minimalistic things. I'm far from being an Ikea fan or extremely modern achitecture myself, but I must admit I love old scandinavian things. My visit in Iceland this summer only confirmed that. I love scandinavia!
I'm crazy about lopi wools, knitting patterns, embroderies and cross stiching. I love comforting, traditional scandinavian accessories and sceneries. In fact, living in Iceland for me would be a dream come true, and I brought back from it a bunch of handknitted goods. I also happened to find some amazing things here and there that reminds me of the 19th and early 20th century typical designs I really enjoy. I only wish I could knit faster! It takes me ages to knit a simple moss stitch scarf, I can't even picture learning all those patterns!
Here are some of my Icelandic goods I cherish. The mittens and socks were purchased at the same time from an old lady in Stykkysolmur not speaking a word of english. Sheeps in Iceland are higher in number than humans. You can find them everywhere! On roads, on the craziest hills, a few meters away from mudpots boiling, on the most isolated gravel road sipping on some fresh water, in laval fields covered in moss. They have a wild life until they get captured by their owner so they can shave their thick layer of wool off.
Also pictured: A grey "icelandic" sweater I found for $1 at charity and those brown handknitted "norwegian" mittens I found on etsy last year.
Here is a etsy treasury of a few scandinavian looking items I wouldn't mind adding to my collection of things!