If you like unique knitted things you should definitely check out an artist named Ýr Jóhannsdóttir. She goes by @yrurari on Instagram and so far she has just over 55k followers. This talented artist is from Iceland and the things she can create by knitting are out of this world. She started out with very unique looking jumpers but now she’s moved on to face masks.
Ýr learned to knit as a child in school and it very quickly became her hobby, her passion, something she loves doing all the time. She could read comic books and knit at the same time, you know, a very normal and popular thing amongst kids. She says she’s been into it her whole life, apart from a short period of her life called the teenage years where she didn’t knit because it wasn’t cool.
But Ýr’s knitted masterpieces are like no other. She never really cared much about patterns and instead just took the trial and error method and ran with it. In a way, that’s a great way to be creative and inventive, we believe that’s the artist in her. If she just wanted to learn all the patterns and follow the rules, would she end up knitting tongues on her sweaters and little tentacle creatures on her sleeves? Probably not.
Ýr Jóhannsdóttir’s used to knit her own sweaters at first, but now she prefers finding cool sweaters in the thrift store and enhancing them with her own knitted designs that she sows to the sweaters. The result is a very unique, one of a kind art piece that you actually get to wear.
Ýr is very aware of the fact that her creations aren’t for everyone, but that’s fine with her, she makes it because she likes it and enjoys the process and she knows that there are people who will like it. And if people say they don’t like it – great, she didn’t make it for those people.
Ýr also thinks that her art isn’t meant for a museum but at the same time, she’s not about to mass-produce it either. She really cares about sustainability and the environment.
So when a lot of her followers started bombarding her with questions on where can they buy knitted creations made by her, instead of trying to make items to order she decided on an alternative approach.
She chose to work a knitting book that will allow people to learn how to knit something they like even if they’ve never knitted before. Take a look at more of Ýr Jóhannsdóttir’s work on her Instagram, it’s a truly weird but amazing place.