Guys… I just HAD to make a top down version of Óðinn. I love this design and I LOVE knitting sweaters from the top. The new pattern includes both versions, top down and bottom up, new and revised pattern charts and a really cool table with all the numerical data for the top down version. You can buy it through my Ravelry store. While I was at it I thought it was highly appropriate to shoot some new and awesome photos. The model is the insanely popular and masculine (and as it turns out quite the model) Icelandic crime novel author Stefán Máni. Enjoy!
So happy I got to teach at this fabulous NYC LYS (!) in February. Tavy owns it (along with her brother) in addition to being a kick ass professor of finance and a dancer and just all together awesome. Huge thanks to my homie Stephen West for making the connection.
The class was on top down Lopi sweater knitting. Here in foreground is one vintage sweater I had with me to show.
Working the Lopi! To the left Kathy who came on a day tour with me in Iceland last year and to the right my wonderful friend Adrienne who I got to know when teaching a class in another NY store.
There I am talking about Icelandic sheep and Lopi and the wonders of top-down knitting! The knitters in my class were amazing.
Tavy (the fabulous to the left), me (striking my only photo pose it seems! hahah). I sure enjoyed our collaboration and really look forward to working with her again.
A Verb for keeping Warm is the legendary Berkeley, CA, yarn shop, the go to place for people such as Ysolda, Mike Wade and Cookie A and Sonya Philip… plus a whole bunch of kind and cool Bay area knitters, spinners, sewers and fiber lovers.
I first heard about it from my friend Mike Wade (aka wondermike) and later got some of their lovely Targhee fiber sent to me as a birthday present from my friend Casey. So I was super happy to get to speak at Verb when they hosted a Lopi event for me on March 1st 2012. My lecture was on Icelandic sheep, wool, lopi knitting and lopi sweaters – and knitting tours may have been mentioned.
Calling Verb a yarn shop is actually quite the understatement because it’s so much more… they grow plants for the dyeing in the backyard, do all the dyeing in-house or in the backyard, there was a canary singing in his cage and a lovely fluffy Angora bunny called Marcel in the back room. The greeter and mascot on duty, mini dachshund Cleopatra, was so sweet and delightful, all yarn stores should have one! The place was so alive and organic and everything they sell is super tasteful and lovely. There was not one ugly fabric among the several hundred types available… I kid you not!
This is the delightful Kristine Vejar, the owner of Verb and the mastermind behind their fabulous naturally dyed yarn and fiber. Sarah O. in the background selling a bunch of Whimsical little Knits 3 it seems…
Adrienne is the co-founder of Verb and an expert on mushroom dyeing. She was a very skilled enabler/salesperson when it came to helping me decide to buy my Schacht Sidekick spinning wheel!
This is a wall with some of Kristine’s beautiful colors hanging. They have all different weights and fibers and a fabulous color palette. You can shop online if you don’t have the chance to visit the store. Here is the online shop.
Me talking about Icelandic knitting. Look at the fabric selection in the background!
The lovely people who came to my lecture
This beautiful sweater walked into Verb for attending my lecture along with its owner. It’s quite unusual, probably 3-4 decades old and was purchased at the Kolaport market down town Reykjavík last year. The owner is the handsome guy in the white shirt behind me and on my other side you can see the fabulous fiber artist Sonya Philip.
What an inspiring visit… I hope you too get to visit Verb one day. Until then you can enjoy their website!
I knitted this little tunic about one and a half year ago for my daughter Rúna. It’s made from the luxurious un-spun lopi from the women’s collective Þingborg in the South of Iceland. They make this lovely stuff from selected lamb’s wool, all the colors available are the ones that naturally occur in the Icelandic sheep. Since this wool is not readily available outside of Iceland (if anywhere) I suggest you use what you have… just make sure the gauge is similar. It’s a simple knit but has some interesting little details that make it a fun project. Chunikku was in fact just published by the Icelandic subscribers club, Saumaklúbburinn, but only in Icelandic. So here it comes in English, available for free through my Ravelry store. Enjoy!
Freyja is out on the Knitting Iceland website. I’m so happy about it and proud that the pattern finally is available. It was a true ordeal designing a cardigan in 10 sizes and I’m ever so thankful to my collegues Hélène and Vigdís at Knitting Iceland for supporting me through the flood of numbers contained within the pattern. Freyja is sort of a welcome gift to knitters visiting our website now that our pre-issue is out. In fact the pattern is the flower from our logo. Freyja will also appear on my new DVD on lopi knitting, out this summer in Icelandic, English and French. Please check out Freyja!