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?”

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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!

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

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-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 🙂

Children’s Wool Sweater – Free Pattern

This beautiful Icelandic wool sweater with penguin pattern can be found here on Istex’s website.

Knitting yarn: Léttlopi – 100% Icelandic wool 

Penguin - Icelandic Wool Sweater

Alafoss Wool Blankets

The Alafoss Wool blankets are cozy, warm and a very popular gift item. Below you can see all the various different styles and colors with traditional Icelandic wool patterns. All of the blankets are warm, soft and breathable and are made of 100% pure Icelandic Wool. Due to the fine quality of the wool, the throws are very long-lasting but soft at the same time.

We may be biased, but we feel like the Icelandic wool blankets are a must for every home 🙂

You can click on the caption of each picture of the blankets below to learn more about styles, sizes and prices.

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Free Pattern: Pink Wool Sweater

Are you one of those knitters who is constantly looking for new knitting patterns… and more to it, a completely free knitting patterns? Perhaps you have multiple knitting projects on your needles, but we are sure that everyone agrees that you can always add one more to your list of to-do’s. Right? 🙂

This beautiful pink Icelandic wool sweater is a must try if you have been looking for an easy and free knitting pattern – using Icelandic knitting yarn Álafoss Lopi. As this is an old knitting pattern, the original color is no longer available – but we recommend this color: 0159 Álafoss Lopi.

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 Click here to download and print the free pattern

Enjoy it and we would love to hear back from you if you have already knitted the sweater or when you do – and please feel free to share some pictures with us 🙂

Best regards from Iceland

Alafoss Wool Store

Icelandic Guestbooks with Fish Skin

Mistur Guestbooks – handmade in harmony with nature –

Each book cover is made of recycled paper and decorated with Icelandic fish skin that is chosen especially from the color and texture and adapt to each book.
The guestbooks are handmade and therefore unique but you can chose which color you want on your own guestbook. Each book is 15 x 30 cm. and contains 40 pages waiting for memories of your gatherings. You can also choose to have the text in Icelandic or English.. Gestabók or Guestbook 🙂

Icelandic Guestbook made of Fish skin

Icelandic Guestbook made of Fish Skin

Icelandic Guestbook made from Fish skin

Handmade Guestbooks made with recycled paper

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Mittens – Pattern Book

We just got back the knitting book Vettlingar / Mittens by Margret Maria Leifsdottir after it has been sold out for a while! We highly recommend it … Read more below…

Mittens Pattern Book

Vettlingar – Mittens by Margrét María Leifsdóttir

The author, Margret Maria Leifsdottir, has long been transforming her beautiful knitting patterns into finished garments and accessories of various sorts.

This beautiful book contains a great selection of knitted mitten patterns which she has designed under the influence of several of her favorite fashion designers. Their innovative color schemes and color co-ordination fascinated her and the fruits of this can be seen in her twelve original easy-to-knit pairs of mittens inspired by contemporary designers.

 

Brand New Cushion Covers from Lagður

The cushion covers from Lagdur are the perfect gift for nature lovers and for those who want to decorate their homes with a unique and beautiful Icelandic design.

All the cushion covers comes in a elaborate design gift box with information about each photograph.

The cushion covers are made of 100% cotton and the backside color is a beautiful dark brown.

Icelandic Harbour Seal New Cushion Cover from Lagður

Icelandic Harbour Seal
New Cushion Cover from Lagður

Icelandic Golden Plover New Cushion Cover from Lagður

Icelandic Golden Plover
New Cushion Cover from Lagður

 

Neon Yarn for the Summer

We simply love knitting – especially knitting with colorful yarn!

The Neon Alafoss Yarn is simply amazing and perfect for your summer knitting projects. The possibilities are endless as you can use it for wool sweaters, hats, scarves, gloves or whatever you can think of.

neon-bannerClick on the picture below for a free knitting pattern for a Icelandic wool hat:

Neon Yarn Wool Hat Free pattern

What do you think, are you ready to add some bright and colorful neon yarn to your next knitting project?