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knittykat
Seriously Hooked

USA
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Posted - 05/06/2004 :  08:27:36 AM  Show Profile Send knittykat a Private Message
This may be kind of a dumb question...

What exactly is Lopi wool? Is it a particular kind of yarn? A particular kind of sheep? A particular kind of wool? A particular region? It doesn't appear to be a brand, which is what I assumed it was.

Is it good for felting?

Kat in Illinois

Leanne
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Canada
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Posted - 05/06/2004 :  09:23:58 AM  Show Profile  Visit Leanne's Homepage Send Leanne a Private Message
I have recently combined two of my patterns (Fair Wind and Safe Harbour) with a lopi yarn, produced in Saskatchewan, in a knitting kit. ...and so I had a chance to knit with the stuff. I love it and would recommend it for all skill levels of knitter.
The winter, 2003 issue of Interweave Knits has an excellent article entitled "Icelandic Wool"
'Lopi...literally translated as "unspun fibers"...yarn, which we associate with Iceland, was originally produced in the country's nineteenth-century woolen mills as roving, the combed and drawn-out strand of fleece that is spun into a yarn suitable for knitting and weaving. In the 1920s, an innovative spinner/knitter discovered that the mix of fiber lengths from the thel...soft undercoat...and tog...long outer coat...portions of the fleece made the untwisted lopi sturdy enough to knit with, yet soft enough to yield a comfortable garment.' Lopi is available in variety of colours and weights.

http://www.oknitting.com
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Leanne
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Canada
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Posted - 05/06/2004 :  09:25:00 AM  Show Profile  Visit Leanne's Homepage Send Leanne a Private Message
Oh, yes and...friends of mine have fulled it for beautiful results.

http://www.oknitting.com
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jrwhiskey
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Posted - 05/06/2004 :  09:41:02 AM  Show Profile  Visit jrwhiskey's Homepage Send jrwhiskey a Private Message
Lopi is wool from icelandic sheep... you can read more about it here
http://www.icelandichorse.is/sheephistory.htm
or here
http://www.isbona.com/generalinformation.html
and it's good for felting. It's not the softest wool around, so sweaters are not typically worn against the skin.


Julie in central MD
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Luann
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USA
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Posted - 05/06/2004 :  10:45:58 AM  Show Profile  Visit Luann's Homepage Send Luann a Private Message
Lopi can be hairy and shed, especially Reynolds brand. I recommend Gjestal Naturegarn, which can often be found at Elann.com - many here have read the results of my side-by-side felting test, in which the Naturegarn came out on top in all categories.

Luann

Knit and let knit!
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Wen
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Australia
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Posted - 05/06/2004 :  8:15:10 PM  Show Profile  Visit Wen's Homepage Send Wen a Private Message
No it wasn't a stupid question, I had no idea either, thanks for asking.

I saw a program on the history channel recently about viking boats and their sails. The wool they used must have been from a similar type of sheep, it too had a soft under layer and a longer top layer of wool. This made the cloth a lot more waterproof as the top layer is designed specifically to keep out the weather. The cloth was also woven on a vertical loom that made it a much tighter weave than hand woven cloths made these days.

Wen

2004 stats: 9 FO, 5 WIP, 17 wool purchased, 3 frogpond.
http://members.optusnet.com.au/whhogan
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