Un spun Lopi – ash heather
Un spun Lopi wheels (plötulopi): 100% new wool. Unspun yarn, one-ply, flat round wheel. Weight approx.110g (3.85 oz.). 100 g (3.5 oz) approx. 300 m (328yd).
The possibilities are endless. Use two strands to knit the classic Lopi sweaters or a single strand for a super light and airy result. Plötulopi can in fact be used in any way imaginable. Try knitting something really bulky with 20 strands or experiment with colour gradiations using a couple of strands and changing one at a time.
The Icelandic wool is really kind of special. The breed of sheep around here is very old, got isolated at the time of the settlement, around the year 874. So these furry creatures have remained the same ever since. The wool has two different types of fibers, þel (pronounced thel, with the “th”sound as in thorough), which is the warm, soft, isolating stuff closest to the body and tog, the long water repellent fibers on the surface. So the wool has unique qualities being warm, soft, very light and water repellent at the same time.
Don't be hard on the un spun Lopi since it breaks easily. Just knit in a relaxed and gentle way. If however it breaks, don't panic, just pull out the ends and lay them gently together or rub them a little bit between your palms. Knit on!