We are so happy to welcome Létt Lopi to our range of yarns, like all great island nations we've traveled a little to bring back this yarn. Létt Lopi is made from the Icelandic Sheep and as such as very unique characteristics. Why Lopi?
Characteristics of Lopi
It's perfect for those northern winters as it's lightweight, hard-wearing and water resistant. It also seems to dry REALLY fast, when swatching (and washing + blocking) we found it dried in record speed, even on a humid day. This is a huge bonus for those living in wet and chilly climates (UK anyone?!). As with any wool, it also wicks away moisture from the skin, allowing you to stay dry and over heating.
Lopi incorporates the inner and outer fleece of the Icelandic sheep, the inner fibres are short and soft, while the outer fibres are longer, and glossy - this is where the water resistance and famed lightweight characteristic comes from.
What to knit with Lopi?
Lopi responds especially beautifully to colourwork (currently working on a fair-isle! Follow our Instagram for progress) and any pattern with texture. Sweaters that feature bold cables or a lot of texture such as Aran and Guernsey, really suit the Icelandic wool.
Softness of Lopi?
When first knitting with Lopi (or feeling from the ball) it can feel a little coarse (similar to traditional British and Shetland yarns) but it does soften while knitting and after blocking. Some people have been known to wash with SOAK, then add a little conditioner to the water to help soften. Although some people could wear this as a scarf, we would suggest that this is a winter yarn best for sweaters.
Let us know what you think!