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Sheep July 18, 2017

Filed under: Knitting,Lopi Knitting,Sheep — Janet @ 8:07 pm

Sheep on Iceland  A sheep in Iceland – (credit to Reykjavik  Excursions)

This sheep looks like a potential Icelandic sweater.

lopi-cardigan-close-up-resized   Icelandic Lopi knitting from long ago

Latest scarf 006   Another Lopi knit       Latest scarf 007



Thor Seen Again May 14, 2015

Filed under: humour,Icelandic Sweaters,Knitting,Lopi Knitting — Janet @ 5:10 am

Remember Thor wearing the Icelandic sweater?  Met while shopping in Fred Meyer.  Well, we met again today.  No picture today (darn) so here he is as seen a few weeks ago.       Latest scarf 006     Today he was still identified  by the fact that he was wearing the Icelandic sweater.  But his speech/voice sounded very American    not Icelandic.  Also, his mate called him by some name other than Thor.  I think there were other things slightly different – maybe the beard or a cap which showed a haircut.  I don’t know, but I was slightly suspicious of his story.  It doesn’t matter – he was friendly and fun.  He says now he is busy getting the boat ready to go fishing up in Alaska, and he’ll go back to Iceland in October.  We were sure we would see each other again – I’ll recognize him if he keeps wearing that gorgeous sweater!


Lopi knitting April 25, 2015

Filed under: Lopi Knitting,Uncategorized — Janet @ 9:54 pm

Read what I wrote a few years ago about my Lopi cardigan.

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lopi-cardigan-close-up-resized.jpg  a couple years ago I knit this Lopi cardigan.  Lopi as most of you know is that marvelously soft wool from Iceland.  Once the cardigan was finished and photographed it was put away in the cupboard and I moved on to other projects.  I made occasional attempts at wearing it but found it just too warm – but now the really cold weather is upon us and my Lopi cardigan has come into its own.  Perfect weather for feeling warm and cosy wearing a Lopi.  And yesterday my day was made when an anonymous attendee at our Recorder Day concert admired it – that was the highlight of a wonderful day of recorder playing.

lower-intermediate-group-in-rehearsal.jpg  in concert – Lopi cardigan is 3rd from the right

Here are my notes from this project. 

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Icelandic Knitting

Latest scarf 006     Meet Thor from Iceland modelling his Icelandic sweater     I met Thor while shopping in Fred Meyer.  I was getting a coffee and so was he.  I was fascinated by his sweater/jumper.  A familiar Icelandic pattern but the use of the color orange was quite unusual.  And the yarn wasn’t fuzzy.  It was handknit in colors selected by Thor himself at the Handknitting Association of Iceland.  Presumably in Reykjavik.  Thor was so pleased with his sweater.  It’s a second skin – he wears it all the time.  It can keep him cool – or keep him warm.  He spends half the year in Seattle and goes back to Iceland for the winter.  I was quite fascinated by this because I love Icelandic wool and patterns but have always found the resulting sweaters to be very warm and the Lopi Icelandic wool a bit sticky to knit.

Thor agreed to let me take a photo of his sweater on condition that we take a selfie as well.

Latest scarf 007


Here is the Lopi cardigan that I knit a few years ago.    lopi-cardigan-close-up-resized