It is a perfect addition to your upcoming knitting projects, especially if you are knitting something for the summer. We love it and as it was a limited production, we are not sure how long supplies last – so get yours while we still have it in stock 🙂 You can shop the neon yarn here.
We recommend this FREE pattern for a beautiful neon Icelandic wool sweater, 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. To view all colors of the Alafoss lopi: http://www.alafoss.is/knitting-yarn/alafoss-lopi.html
Keep us posted of your upcoming neon knitting projects 🙂
One of our customers sent us this awesome picture of her Plötulopi yarn that she was currently using to knit her favorite Icelandic wool sweater.
All of sudden she noticed the heart-shape in the middle her plate of lopi and she wanted to share it with us and we couldn’t help but share the love, especially since Valentine’s day is coming up this weekend.
I guess this is just a proof that Icelandic knitting yarn is filled with pure love from inside out.. what do you think? 🙂
Are you guys knitting anything special for Valentine’s day? Keep us posted 🙂
Kemba is a 100% new unspun Icelandic wool and is perfect for felting, spinning and also for padding. Kemba (Felting Wool) is sometimes known as “the magical felting wool”.
We are excited to let you know that the beautiful “holiday” red and green felting wool is now back in stock after being sold out for a while. We are ready to let the holiday crafting begin!
Felting has become more and more popular among knitters, please feel free to browse through all the amazing colors here. Have you tried felting with Icelandic wool?
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?”
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.
Pick your favorite color combination of Alafoss Lopi yarn to create your own custom Icelandic wool socks with a matching mittens and wool hat.
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:
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
-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 🙂
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?
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 🙂