Happiness is... a bale of yarn and a new Lopi book!
My timing is a little off with this order!
I fully believe all the articles lately about the yarn shortage in Iceland. I waited for this order for 5 months from another company before finally cancelling and searching for stock elsewhere. Camilla Valley Farm had everything I wanted in stock, and they shipped immediately. (Maybe I shouldn't admit that - it's nice to have a secret source for my beloved Icelandic wool!)
There is enough in this bundle for two sweaters. The plan is to do an Álafoss just like this one, using the Ash Heather as main colour, and then to make another sweater using the turquoise Arctic Exposure. Still not sure what pattern I will use for that. Maybe another Owls? Or something with a basic white colourwork pattern on the yoke? I have all summer to think about it!
The book is one that is missing from my collection. I wanted it mainly for the Einband sweater patterns, particularly #19 Blaka, a striped sweater with sideways knit sleeves that will be ideal for using some of my many stash colours of Einband (the Icelandic laceweight yarn). But there are quite a few other interesting patterns and techniques in the book, too. I especially like the use of duplicate stitch in pattern 23 Bylgja and the striking men's sweater Jón.
Anyhow, lots to think and dream about from this order! It should give me hours of enjoyment. I've never actually done a sweater in the traditional, full weight Lopi yarn before, only lighter weight Léttlopi and the unspun Plötulopi. Looking forward to making a couple of warm winter sweaters, now that summer is here!