Icelandic Wool in different versions:
Alafosslopi is the classic and most used Icelandic Wool. It is excellent for garments that are worn outside and for outdoor sports like for example, hiking or horseback riding. For the Alafosslopi Wool we recommend needle size 5-6.
Lettlopi is more for lighter sweaters, that are worn inside. The wool is also perfect for sping or fall clothes. Here we recommend needle size 4-5.
Bulkylopi or Jöklalopi is the thickest Icelandic Wool, which makes it perfect for outdoor clothing that is supposed to keep really warm. Bulkylopi is the same as Jöklalopi. Jöklalopi is the new name for the thickest wool, whereas it was formerly called Bulkylopi. For Bulkylopi-/Jöklalopi wool we recommend a needle size of 8-9.
Plötulopi is an unspun LOPI-yarn, which makes it softer than the others, but it is still sturdy. Using it one-thread the wool is best for lighter garments. Using it doubled it can be used instead of Lettlopi, tripled instead of Alafoss and using the thread four- or five-time it can be used instead of Bulkylopi.
Einband / laceweight yarn is the thinnest Icelandic Wool. It is perfect in order to knit light summer wear and lace shawls.
What is Icelandic Wool?
Icelandic Wool is a very resistent material, that is gained from a special breed called Icelandic Sheep. The wool is ideal for extreme weathers, but still smooth and comfortable, which can be attributed to a special characteristic the wool of the Icelandic Sheep offers. It consists of two different hair types. The underfur is soft and isolates coldness, which keeps warm underneath. On the outside the fur is longer, sturdier and water-repellant. Without Icelandic Sheep the Vikings would not have been able to stay on Iceland. The breed of the Icelandic Sheep is worldwide unique and its wool is conditioned for the Northern climate. Furthermore, Icelandic wool is a natural resource, which on the one hand, offers high quality and on the other hand, is ecofriendly. For the preparation and the processing of the wool energy sources like geothermics and water energy are used.