Icelandic Handcraft

                                                                                             by Ada@

I just have start a new adventure in Iceland! A country that makes me very curios about, and I can barely wait to know her… at least a little bit…

A few days ago, I’ve been to Selfoss, a small city of Iceland, and a small shop drew my eyes. It is a shop were you can see how  2 women are making the “Lopapeysa” or Icelandic sweater  and more other beautiful things.

All of this brought back my winter childhood memories, when my grandmother was making for me, my brother and my cousins sweaters, socks that we call them ” ciupici”and hats called them “piticot”:)) I wish to had some picture of them, but then I was to small to discover this hobby: Photo:))! The difference between my grandmother sweaters and this Icelandic ones it is only the colors and the wool, and maybe this are more updated to market demands.

Sometimes you can be Home just if you find somethings that bring back memories and you find yourself smiling!

I tried to find more about this and I could read more on: Lopapeysa or Icelandic sweater is an Icelandic style of sweater originating around or

before the 1950s, at a time when imports had displaced older and more traditional Icelandic clothing and people began to search for new ways to utilize the plentiful native wool. It is believed that the sweaters are patterned on Greenlandic women’s costume,[1] or even inspired by South American, Turkish or Swedish textile patterns.[2] Make of the sweater[edit] It is characterized by a yoke design— that is, a wide decorative circle surrounding the neck opening. The sweater is knitted in a non-varying circle, meaning that there is no difference between the front and the back, unless a zipper is added. The yarn used, lopi, is made from the wool of Icelandic sheep and contains both wind hairs and fleece. Lopi is remarkable in that it is not spun, so it contains more air than spun yarn and as a consequence it has better insulation properties. This also makes lopi more difficult to handle than spun yarn, in particular for those new to the material. The colours can be artificial, but undyed wool of various colours is available and much in demand.[3] The Icelandic wool has earned an international reputation for its warmth, lightness and insulation abilities so that even when wet, it keeps you warm.[4]

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