Free Volcano Knitting Pattern

We just added two brand new FREE knitting patterns from Ístex to our website. Specially designed in honor of the volcanic activities in Iceland. Click on pictures to view the free patterns – directed to Ístex homepage.

Bárðarbunga – wool hat – Design: Hulda Hákonardóttir for Ístex
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Holuhraun – wool mittens – Design: Hulda Hákonardóttir for Ístex
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For each pattern you will need 1 ball each color:

Léttlopi: Color #0005

Léttlopi: Color #9434

Enjoy!

Icelandic Wool Sweaters still going strong…

Morgunblaðið / Icelandic Newspaper October 17, 2014

Interview in the Icelandic newspaper, Morgunblaðið, with the owners of the Alafoss Wool Store: Guðmundur Arnar Jónsson and Gerða Gunnarsdóttir.

Icelandic wool sweaters (lopapeysa) have become very popular in the recent years. “I think the vast majority of the Icelandic population owns more than one and more than two “lopapeysa” and they are diligent to wear them at all kinds of occations” says Gudmundur Arnar Jonsson, the CEO and owner of the Álafoss Wool store. With him in the picture below is Gerða Gunnarsdóttir, the co-owner of the Álafoss Wool Store. Both tourists and locals buy Icelandic wool products in the store.

The Icelandic Wool Sweater (Lopapeysa) is still going strong…

The Icelandic wool sweater, Lopapeysa, has kept Icelandic people safe and warm throughout the centuries, and no wonder that this ancient garment is still a part of the wardrobe of people in the 21st century. The natural colors of the Icelandic sheep have survived all fashion trends, are classic and warm colors, and the attributes and characteristics of the Icelandic wool are ideal for colder weather climates. Gudmundur Arnar Jónsson is the CEO and owner of the Álafoss Wool store and runs two stores the company operates, one in down town Reykjavík at Laugavegur 8 and the main store in the Álafossvegur in Mosfellsbær. He says Icelandic wool products are by far the most popular products in the store. All the wool sweaters that Álafoss sells, are hand-knitted by local talented knitters from all across the country, with 100% quality Icelandic wool from Ístex.

More than one and more than two…

Around the financial collapse in Iceland, the interest in Icelandic wool clothing grew enormously, but instead of buying sweaters already made, many started knitting their own wool sweaters and we noticed a big difference in our yarn sales. Our hand-knitted sweaters that we have in our store are still very popular, and our customers are impressed by the developments taking place in the design, patterns and colors,” explains Gudmundur. “I think the vast majority of the population has now multiple Icelandic wool sweaters and they are diligent to wear them at all kinds of occations. Grandparents of the country are busy knitting this term and drawers in the childen’s and grandchildren’s wardrobes are being filled with warm sweaters, socks, hats and scarves.”

The popularity of the Icelandic Lopapeysa can be attributed to the changing times but also to a growing interest in the outdoors activities.” With a good raincoat over a wool sweater, you can hardly find a better outdoor clothing than the Icelandic wool sweater. Our rescue team members know this and they rarely are seen without their wool sweaters. If you get too hot for comfort, you just take off the outermost layer and the lopapeysa is warm, lightweight, breathable and water-repellent.”

The traditional patterns are always classic, but Gudmundur says that the knitters are very creative in coming up with new patterns and designs.  “As a result, the Icelandic lopapeysa is becoming more of a fashionable product and offers more options for those who want the sweater in unusual colors and design. The new neon colors that were recently added to the collection are very popular. Ístex has been efficient in introducing new knitting patterns with innovative designs.” The Icelandic wool sweaters either come as a pullover, with zipper, or buttons or even with a hood. “The open wool sweaters (zipper / buttons) are the most popular today, with more ease of use and easier to take on and off.”

Warm and cozy Alafoss Blankets on a cold winter night…

The Alafoss Wool Blankets are also very popular. They are a quality product, Icelandic design and made with 100% Icelandic wool. In our store we offer a great selection of blankets, the classic horse blanket in mix with other more contemporary designs. “One of the newest editions is the Landscape-collection which is a simple design but features a captivating color pattern that is inspired by the beautiful colors that characterize the Icelandic landscape and nature.”

Gudmundur says that the Alafoss Wool blankets can be found in most Icelandic homes as they are essential on a cold winter day. “What’s better than to cuddle up in your couch in front of the TV or with a good book, with a cup of coffee and maybe some Icelandic chocolate, and get warm and cozy with an Alafoss wool blanket?”

Álafoss Wool Blankets     Icelandic Wool Sweaters    Icelandic Knitting Yarn

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Lopi 22 – Icelandic Wool Knitting Pattern Book

The Lopi 22 Accessories pattern book is a beautiful Icelandic knitting pattern book that features patterns for traditional Icelandic wool accessories. The pattern book includes six easy-to-knit knitting patterns for hats, mittens and socks. The yarn used in all the patterns is the traditional Icelandic knitting yarn Alafoss lopi.
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Pick your favorite color combination of Alafoss Lopi yarn to create your own custom Icelandic wool socks with a matching mittens and wool hat.

Click here to browse through all available colors of Alafoss Lopi

and here to shop Lopi 22 : World-wide shipping

Enjoy!

Puzzled by Iceland

Puzzled by Iceland is an Icelandic jigsaw puzzle company that was founded in 2010. It is made up of two blue-eyed, blond-haired moms, Þóra Eggertsdóttir and Guðrún Heimisdóttir. They were two friends on maternity leave who wanted to do something fun and make a living out of it.

The result, the beautiful puzzles by Puzzled by Iceland, 48 and 500 piece puzzles with stunning photos of Icelandic nature, landmarks and animals. Inside each box is a larger picture of the puzzle as well as fun facts about the picture.

Click here to shop or on the caption of each picture below to learn more about each puzzle.

Puzzled by Iceland – Take a piece of Iceland with your for some peace of mind

Hjertegarn Knitting and Crochet Yarn

Hjertegarn Danskt Garn

We offer a great selection of yarn from the well-known company Hjertegarn in Denmark – great addition to our selection of the Icelandic knitting wool yarn. Please browse through the different types of knitting / crochet yarn below.

NATUR ULD

Natur Uld from Hjertegarn

100% wool – Beautiful and soft chunky yarn from Hjertegarn Denmark.

100 g (approx 3.53 oz) = ca. 100 m (approx 109 yd.) Gauge: 12-14 m = ca. 10 cm using size nr. 6-7 mm.

Handwash only.

VITAL SUPERWASH

vital superwash from Hjertegarn

100% pure new wool. Medium-thick yarn suitable for many things.

50 g (1.7 oz) approx. 115 m (125.8 yd). Gauge: 10cm: 22m x 28p using size 3½ – 4 mm.

Can be washed on wool-program 30-40 degrees.

CIAO TRUNTE

ciao trunte from Hjertegarn

100% merino wool superwash.  Wonderful and soft yarn – Perfect for baby clothes.

50 g (1.7 oz) approx. 180 m (196.9 yd). Gauge: 10cm: 30m x 42p using size 2½ mm.

Can be washed on wool-program 30-40 degrees.

COTTON NR. 8

Cotton no. 8 from Hjertegarn

100% cotton- Anti pilling cotton yarn.

50 g (1.7 oz) approx. 165 m (188.5 yd). Gauge: 10cm: 26m x 32p using size 3-3½ mm or US 2½ – 4.

Can be washed on 60 degrees Celcius. 

SOCK 4

sock 4 from Hjertegarn

75% wool superwash

25% nylon. 50 g (1.7 oz) approx. 210 m (229.6 yd). 28 m = ca. 10 cm. Needles pins no. 2.5 – 3.

Can be washed on 30-40 degrees Celcius on wool programs.

PLAY IT

Play-it from Hjertegarn

50% mohair, 50% acryl.

50 g (1.7 oz) approx. 165 m (188.5 yd). Gauge: 10cm: 16m x 24p using size 5 mm needles/pins

Handwash only.

THULE

thule from hjertegarn

45% wool, 55% acryl

100 g (3.5 oz) approx. 110 m (120.3 yd). Gauge: 10cm: 13m x 18p using size 7-8 mm needles/pins.

Small Eruption North of Vatnajokull Glacier

Key points at this time: 

  • No immediate threat to people or populated areas
  • Airspace and all airports, international and domestic, are open.
  • No volcanic ash has been detected with radar systems
  • There are no signs of flooding

Volcanic Activity

An eruption has started North of Vatnajökull Glacier. No volcanic ash has been detected with the radar system at the moment. The wind conditions in the area are wind blowing toward NW at 12 m/s at 5 km altitude. Seismic eruption tremor is low indicating effusive eruption without significant explosive activity.

At this time there are no signs of immediate danger or flooding in the area, and nothing to indicate that this will affect flight traffic.

The aviation warning area has been reduced to 5.000 foot altitude. All Icelandic airports in Iceland are open. The Icelandic Transport Authority has issued a restricted area three nautical miles around the volcano and up to 5000 ft. over the ground.

Precautionary measures

Because of this The Police authorities have decided to close and evacuate the area North of Vatnajökull. This decision is a safety measure. The eruption is in an uninhabited area, but there are hiking trails in the area. No civilians are considered to be in any danger at this time.

The Icelandic Met Office has raised the aviation color-code to red over the eruption site, in accordance with procedure. The National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police, has decided to raise the Civil Protection phase to emergency phase, due to the eruption. This is also in accordance to procedure.

All roads leading into the area are closed as they have been since the seismic activity began in Bardarbunga on the 19th of August. Anyone travelling in the area or planning travels in/close to the area is referred to Safetravel.is.

Follow updates on Iceland.is for further developments.

Neon Wool Sweater – Free Knitting Pattern

NEW! Free Knitting pattern for a Neon Icelandic Wool Sweater.

NEW! Ístex has just recently published a brand new knitting pattern for a beautiful Icelandic Wool Sweater – the Neon Wool Sweater. This knitting pattern is designed by Þórunn Vilmarsdóttir for Ístex.

You can download the free pattern by clicking on the picture above or use the following link:
http://www.alafoss.is/neon-wool-sweater-free-pattern.html

You can of course customize the sweater and pick your own colors as you wish – The pattern calls for 4 balls of Alafoss Lopi yarn for the main color and 3 balls of Alafoss Lopi yarn for the pattern color.
View all colors: http://www.alafoss.is/knitting-yarn/alafoss-lopi.html

Shop Neon Alafoss Yarn - Fast worldwide shipping

-Stay warm this winter with this easy knitting pattern for an Icelandic wool sweater-

Would you use the neon colors? Or would you pick more traditional yarn colors? Feel free to share the pattern with your friends and keep us posted of your knitting progress :)

DIY Knitted Holiday Gifts

It’s that time of the year again! To start thinking about the Holiday gift knitting projects. The Holiday season is approaching faster than you realize and before you know, it will already be December.

The best thing about knitting the gifts for friends and family is not only that these DIY Knitted Holiday Gifts will save you money, the personal touch will also make them much more meaningful to your loved ones.

Will you be giving a personal hand-knitted Christmas gift this year? Have you already started? Half-way there? Done? Haven’t started yet?

If you need some ideas, please feel free to browse through a great selection of pattern books and knitting kits or even a list of free knitting patterns on our website.

And of course, if you need more 100% Icelandic Lopi yarn – you can order it through our website and we offer fast world-wide shipping.

We look forward to hearing back from you what you have in mind for this Holiday season :)

Alafoss

More Knitting Jokes

Do you feel like “other people” … your non-knitting friends :) … do not completely understand you? We sometimes we feel that way too… that’s why we find these jokes hilarious!

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What do you think?

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