Berroco is happy to announce that, in addition to LANGYARNS, Amano, and James C. Brett, we are now the distributor in the United States and Canada for Ístex Lopi yarns! To celebrate this new partnership and to introduce (or re-introduce) this incredible yarn, we’ve declared this week to be Lopi week. If you follow us on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter), we’ll be talking about the history of this beautiful yarn and sharing pattern ideas and inspirational photos.
The story of Icelandic yarn begins more than 1,000 years ago, when Vikings settled the small island in the north Atlantic Ocean that we now call Iceland. The explorers settled the island in 874 A.D., and brought with them their livestock—specifically the sheep that today are known as Icelandic sheep. Isolated from interacting with other breeds of sheep, the Icelandic sheep remain virtually unchanged from that primitive breed. They’re a dual-coated sheep, having long guard hairs and a much softer undercoat, resulting in a fiber that is warm but very lightweight. The single-spun Icelandic yarn is most notably famous for Lopi sweaters (or lopapeysa), but can be used for a wide-variety of projects. Berroco is currently distributing Léttlopi (a worsted weight yarn), Álafoss Lopi (bulky weight), and Bulky Lopi (super-bulky).
We’ll be sharing blog posts throughout the week about working with Lopi yarn, knitting Lopi sweaters, and much more, but we’re kicking off this week with a giveaway! We have five copies of the book The Best of Lopi (XRX Books, 2002), co-edited by Norah Gaughan and Susan Mills. This collection of 45 sweater knitting patterns (and a few accessories as well) includes a discussion of “Why Lopi?” written by Norah, and instructions and illustrations to help you knit these seamless yoke sweaters. A quick note on the yarn listed in the patterns: at the time this book was published, Reynolds Lopi was the previous distribution name for Álafoss Lopi (the bulky weight version of 100% Icelandic wool), and Reynolds Lite-Lopi was the distribution name for Léttlopi (the worsted weight, 100% Icelandic wool yarn).
TO WIN ONE OF THE FIVE COPIES OF THIS BOOK:
Simply leave a comment on this blog post before 11:59 PM EST on FRIDAY, JANUARY 13 letting us know which Lopi yarns you’ve knit with before, or which you’re most looking forward to trying out (and if you’ve knit a Lopi sweater, let us know which pattern you’ve knit, so we can go check it out and add it to our “to-knit” list).
Giveaway is open to anyone 18 years of age or older, anywhere in the world. Winners will be contacted Monday, January 16.