It made me very happy indeed! I'd spent a lot of time thinking about this yarn - should I buy, should I not? I can't really afford it but . . . . Anyway to cut a long story short I've had a little craving to make a Lopi sweater for a few weeks now - not sure where it came from, some Ravelry inspiration probably! Anyway I realized it was Other Half's birthday next month - I had my raison d'etre or rather an excuse! to go ahead and buy the yarn to make him a sweater. Actually I bought half this month and will buy the other half next month - split the cost, needs must!
Yarn arrived on Tuesday lunchtime . . . I had the sweater started on the needles by the afternoon, hehe! Was in fact the day my eldest was going back to Uni - so the knitting was keeping me calm and relaxed in between packing duties! Here's the start of the Lopapeysa (icelandic sweater - I've been doing my usual research!) . . .
I'm really happy with the colour combinations - sorry, they're not quite clear here, but they are a charcoally black (black sheep heather to be exact!), off-white/natural (ecru heather) and a lovely earthly mossy green. I'm using a sweater pattern from a Lopi yarn booklet I bought last month - oodles of lovely icelandic sweaters, cardigans, hoodies - swooooooon!
I really love this yarn - it's chunky weight so knits up fast and is really warm and lightweight. I'm sure there was a craze in the late nineties? here in the Hebrides for these sweaters, I don't know anyone personally who owns one though so I'm very excited to be making one. It's all going swimmingly so far- fingers crossed! The patterned yoke will be the biggest challenge so I'll have to take extra care then :)
Poor wee lambs will be shivering next door!
Will keep you posted on my lopapeysa progress - such a lovely knit :)
Cheerio an Drasda!