Uppspuni Mini Mill is located at Lækjartún, 851 Hella. Facing the magnificent volcanoes; Hekla and Eyjafjallajökull out of our kitchen window as well as many other authentic mountains in our neighborhood.
We got machines from Canada, to process wool from our own sheep into yarn, and turned them on in the morning of July 1st, 2017.
For some time we practiced, made experiments and mistakes, but came up with gorgeous yarn in different thicknesses that are wonderful to knit from and 100% Icelandic wool. Made locally and sourced at our farm and from our neighbor's sheep.
At the weekend 17. and 18. of March 2018 we had a formal opening of the Mini Mill and Yarn Store. Since then it has been an adventurous journey where we have sensed a great interest in our work and many happy customers have come our way.
We, Hulda Brynjólfsdóttir and Tyrfingur Sveinsson, are farmers in South of Iceland and the proud owners of Uppspuni Mini Mill. We run a farm that has been in the same family for three generations, and farm with sheep and beef cattle. In winter we have 280 sheep which triple their number in the spring when the lambs come. They graze in our pastures in May and June, and then they are brought to the mountains for summer-grazing. At the beginning of September, we bring them back to our pastures, where they graze until November.
More about Herding...
At the beginning of November, we house them and have them shorn. Shearing them the very same day as they come inside gives us luxurious, clean and wonderful wool which we make our soft and beautiful yarn from. More about our sheep...
The cattle cows are 25. They have their calves in May and June. The cows are outside all year round, strong and healthy. They have access to a shelter which they only use when the snowstorm is wet and icy but stay out even though the temperature is -12 °C. In summer they graze in the pastures, but they need additional feed in the hay, from the beginning of September until the end of May. In November we take the calves inside, giving their mothers free time from milking and the calves get hay and barley we grow on our farm. We have not spun from the cattle hair, but it would be exciting to try it sometime.
The Award of Excellence
The 21st of November 2018 we received the Award of Excellence from Icelandic Lamb. It is given to those who are considered to run an excellent project.
We are very proud of having received such an acknowledgment for our work.
We intend to keep on making great yarn, trying to make it even better than it already is. We can always learn new things, and hopefully, we can also teach others what we have learned.