I love British wool, but over Christmas I have fallen in love with Icelandic wool too!

I came back from a trip to Reykjavik with my suitcase almost bursting with yarn from the Handknitting Association of Iceland’s shop.  I bought lots of plotulopi, which is unspun yarn which comes in flat balls called plates.  IMG_7517

It is very fragile but as you knit 3 strands together, it twists together and becomes a lovely firm fabric, as if by magic.IMG_7518

So all over the Christmas hols, I knitted myself an Icelandic jumper – and oh my goodness it is so lovely and warm.IMG_7513IMG_7515

I love the pattern too which reminds me of the cold, bleak but beautiful Iceland landscape, the ice and snow and all the waterfalls.IMG_7152IMG_7193

Icelandic wool is renowned for being very lightweight and cosy and it is certainly that.  I have hardly needed a coat for walks in the snow.



About madebyewe

Hello, and welcome to my blog, where I talk about the ups and downs of running a crafty business, knitting and life. I learnt to knit when I was a child in the 1970s. I think my Mum taught me, though it may have been one of my Nans. Both Nans were great crafters and my Mum knitted, when she had time. My childhood was full of wearing Mum's warm and cosy handknit jumpers to school and playing with yarn by the fire, making presents for my family and clothes for my toys. When I grew up, I started a business designing children's handknitted jumpers. Now I spend some of my time desgining gardens, as well as designing knitting. The garden design business is well established; the knitting design business is just starting out. I love the rhythmic quality of knitting, the feel of woolly yarn in my hands and the way a project grows beneath my fingers. It is relaxing and productive at the same time. I especially love vintage knitted toys and the quirky simplicity of the patterns. They were often made in times of austerity, when money and supplies were short, but the desire to create something fun inspite of this, shines through. I am a supporter of the Campaign for Wool, supporting the British wool industry, and using British yarn for my kits. Where would we be without fields of fluffy sheep to admire? Baa Humbug to acrylic!
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6 Responses to Plotulopi

  1. jenbest says:

    I love the jumper. It’s beautiful, and looks really cosy. 🙂

  2. Claire Hoey says:

    OMG that jumper is AWESOME! I mean truly and utterly awesome! Oh gosh I am now totally intimidated about saying that this year I would knit a garment – gulp it may have to be something rather small and easy!! I LOVE the jumper you are so clever and am also rather jealous of your trip and what looks like amazing wool!
    Oh and I can’t wait for my new sheep kit to come and I just adore your new website!
    Claire x

  3. KnitWit says:

    I’ve always wanted to go to Iceland-now I want to go to Iceland in this jumper!

    • madebyewe says:

      It was a really good trip and the yarn was really really good value – I just wish I had taken a bigger suitcase. My pockets were stuffed with yarn on the way home.

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