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Aug 17, 2019 13:48:22   #
raeren
 
Iceland -My kids are going in a month or two and I wanted to see if there is anything about the sweaters they knit that are what they should look for? is there a special place to look at yarn?
is their yarn all wools? I have an allergy to wool so am hoping there is another choice!
 
Aug 17, 2019 13:59:24   #
knitwitty (a regular here)
 
My son is headed to Iceland in October and he lives in Florida so he has slowly been gathering warm clothing from friends. I have knitted a couple of 1898 hats with alpaca, scarves and fingerless gloves and bought several pairs of wool blend socks for him. I understand that wool is the best since acrylic has no warmth value. Alpaca (or anything from the camelid family as well as qiviut) is warmer than wool but is still a natural fiber however it is supposed to be naturally hypoallergenic since it contains no lanolin, maybe you could try that. All the fibers and sweaters I have seen that are from Iceland are wool (and to me they are itchy, maybe they are processed differently). Good luck!
Aug 17, 2019 16:20:11   #
DesertPurl
 
Here is a list of articles to read. It’s the result of a Google search — Yarn in Iceland
https://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=Yarn+in+Iceland&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8
Aug 17, 2019 17:13:45   #
raeren
 
Thank you for such quick replies! yp people are the greatest!
Aug 18, 2019 06:19:43   #
knitbreak (a regular here)
 
raeren wrote:
Iceland -My kids are going in a month or two and I wanted to see if there is anything about the sweaters they knit that are what they should look for? is there a special place to look at yarn?
is their yarn all wools? I have an allergy to wool so am hoping there is another choice!


Would you believe that my DL and grandson are in Iceland now. My DL has friends there. She wanted
to take my grandson before school started. My son couldn't go because of work.
Aug 18, 2019 06:44:14   #
Jenannie
 
Check out Lopi yarn on Google. I brought some home with me one time when I went. I think they might do acrylic mixes as well.
It's a beautiful place but could be a vision of hell with steam coming out of unseen vents in the ground. Just needs the gent with a forked tail snd a trident to complete the picture
 
Aug 18, 2019 07:02:01   #
Celt Knitter (a regular here)
 
If it's synthetic it is likely to be imported.......wool is what Iceland does!
raeren wrote:
Iceland -My kids are going in a month or two and I wanted to see if there is anything about the sweaters they knit that are what they should look for? is there a special place to look at yarn?
is their yarn all wools? I have an allergy to wool so am hoping there is another choice!
Aug 18, 2019 07:19:02   #
Nanny White
 
They sell yarn at the Airport, but all wool and seems very scratchy to me. Also expensive there.
Aug 18, 2019 07:55:55   #
Jakers1
 
I bought a lot of yarn in Iceland. There are a few shops, one outside of Rykevik, that carries a lot of yarn, closed Sunday. I will look it up and on you with the name, worth the trip. There are also shops that sell sweaters, but also have yarn. I went in May, 2018, it was cold and snowy! Went also in December a year earlier, was raining and dark but warm.
Aug 18, 2019 07:56:40   #
Geebart (a regular here)
 
I bought some Lopi yarn from Iceland at the DFW Fiber Fest. It does seem scratchy and I have t decided what to do with it,
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Aug 18, 2019 08:21:41   #
Lmack
 
When we were in Iceland a couple of hrs ago I purchased quite a bit of Lopi yarn. I knitted a shawl, using 3 different colors. It seemed a bit scratchy so before blocking it, I soaked it in warm water with lots of hair conditioner for several hrs, and then rinsed it. After blocking it was really soft - not as soft as acrylic but it really made a difference. Here are two photos of the two different shawls I knitted with the Lopi yarn - (Black, Gray, & Light Gray) and (Green, Brown, and Light almost white Gray).




 
Aug 18, 2019 08:21:44   #
chemknitter (a regular here)
 
If I remember correctly, Icelandic yarn can be made from the outer wool of the sheep, which is coarse but incredibly strong, sheds water and lasts forever or from the inner wool, which is very soft and less durable. I have worked with the coarser wool and it is very sturdy and a bit scratchy. I purchased some of the softer wool when I was there in March, but haven’t made anything from it yet.

However, all Icelandic yarn is made from the wool of Icelandic sheep, so if you cannot work with wool, don’t buy it.


Aug 18, 2019 09:47:20   #
Hilda
 
The lopi garments are made for outerwear not next to the skin as it is waterresisdent.
Aug 18, 2019 09:55:52   #
Obsessed
 
Lmack wrote:
When we were in Iceland a couple of hrs ago I purchased quite a bit of Lopi yarn. I knitted a shawl, using 3 different colors. It seemed a bit scratchy so before blocking it, I soaked it in warm water with lots of hair conditioner for several hrs, and then rinsed it. After blocking it was really soft - not as soft as acrylic but it really made a difference. Here are two photos of the two different shawls I knitted with the Lopi yarn - (Black, Gray, & Light Gray) and (Green, Brown, and Light almost white Gray).
When we were in Iceland a couple of hrs ago I purc... (show quote)


I bought the Lopi in the same colors (black, grey and light gray) back in May during our travels in Iceland. Would you share the name of the pattern you used-it was just what I had in mind for this yarn! Also, thanks for the hint for softening...all the yarn in Iceland is scratchy! By the way, if people see low cost sweaters, be sure they are not knit in China with Icelandic wool as opposed to hand knit in Iceland. Apparently putting a lot of Icelandic women out of work in order to lower prices of the garments.
Aug 18, 2019 10:50:07   #
michie14
 
Was in Iceland 3 weeks ago. All the yarn I saw was wool and “rough”. Sheep roam throughout the countryside. Had such a great time so much to see and do. Dress in layers. Some spots were i the 60s and others in the 30s. Golfed and snowmobiled
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