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Subject: List of yarns for crochet and knitting, Yarn, Leisi Parish, Roving, Lopapeysa
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Lopi is knitting wool made from the fleece of Icelandic sheep. The fleece is made up of two layers, each with a different kind of wool. The wet-resistant outer coat contains long, coarse fibres, while the insulating layer beneath consists of soft, short fibres. These are processed together to create lopi roving and yarn.

The machine-carded roving is produced in disc-shaped rolls. This is the original unspun lopi first used for knitting around 1900. More recently, lightly spun lopi yarn in different thicknesses has been available.

Most wool produced in Iceland is processed by Selfoss.

Characteristic Icelandic lopapeysa sweaters are generally made from the thicker lopi yarns.


  • History of lopi
  • How is lopi yarn different from other knitting wool?
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External links

  • Homepage of Ístex lopi producer
  • Homepage of Þingborg lopi producer
  • Homepage of Alafoss Wool Store
  • Homepage of Shopicelandic Wool Store
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