the history of the lopapeysa – preparing for lecture in kyoto

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12. February 2012

the history of the lopapeysa – preparing for lecture in kyoto

This sunday I went to a lecture at Nordatlantens Brygge in Copenhagen on the history of the Icelandic sweater (Lopapeysa). So naturally I had to wear the one I made last winter, from the yarn I bought in Iceland two summers ago.

The lecture was held by the amazing Ragga. She arranges knitting travels in Iceland. She is a really nice and cool person.

It was a very inspiring lecture. Ragga talked a lot about the Icelandic knitting tradition, how the Lopi yarns are made and how they can be put into use.

I got a lot of new information, that I will surely use in my lecture in Kyoto in March.

Thanks for a nice afternoon, Ragga!


  1. Stephen west says:

    Lucky you to visit with ragga and hear her lecture! I will wait until July to see her in Iceland so I can’t complain too much. I love your sweater! I still need to finish my lopapeysa that I started last year.

  2. Marie-Josée says:

    Hello Vithard! I discovered your work on ravelry, looking for patterns… I’m a new knitter, and I love Scandinavian patterns and motifs too, although I haven’t been to Scandinavia yet. I have to say I looove this blue and white sweater of yours!! Is the pattern available somewhere?!

    • vithard says:

      Thanks for the nice comments on my sweater. The name of the pattern is ‘Vetur’. It is designed by Védis Jónsdóttir and from the Lopi 28-book. I have knit it in Plötulopi instead of Álafoss Lopi, which the patterns calls for, and I modified the neck. The pattern has a turtleneck. I made a small rolling neck.
      I hope you find it. It’s a great pattern, and please, give youself the experience of knitting with Icelandic wool. It is a bit coarse, but it’s my favorite!

      • Marie-Josée says:

        Thank you for the reply and all the details! I will certainely find the pattern, I just don’t know if I’m ready to knit a sweater yet… I might try, but for now I put it in my favorites on Ravelry. Little reminder! I will definitely buy some Icelandic wool soon, I’ve been wanting to get my hands on Alafoss Lopi. And then one day I’ll go and get it where it’s made… Have a nice day!

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