The Alafosslopi yarn is particularly suitable for knitting warm winter clothing and for outdoor use. It is a breathable lightweight yarn and is still cozy and warm. Alafosslopi is made from 100% Icelandic wool and can be knitted with needle size 6 - 6.5. A ball of alafosslopi "bulky" weighs 100 grams and is 100 meters long. With the variety of colors in which Alafosslopi is available, not only the beautiful traditional Icelandic sweaters can be knitted, but also blankets and many other warm and practical items. Alafosslopi is the oldest spun yarn in Iceland.
Material: 100% Icelandic wool
Run length: 100m / 100g
Needle size: 6-6.5
Gauge: 13 stitches / 18 rows = 10 cm x 10 cm
Consumption: for a sweater size. M you need about 800g
Together with Jöklalopi, Plötulopi, Lettlopi and Einband, Alafosslopi forms the family of Lopi yarns made from pure Icelandic wool.
The Icelandic sheep (Ovis aries borealis) have adapted to the climatic peculiarities of the far north in the more than 1000 years that they have been settled on Iceland and thus wear wool that is unique in its properties. Lopi is the name for the combination of the soft and warming undercoat of the sheep and the long and water-repellent hair of the overcoat. A combination of these properties in one thread enables sweaters and jackets to be knitted that are comfortable to wear and also protect us from the cold and moisture.
In beautiful colors and patterns, clothes made from Icelandic wool delight all the senses. With the fine single-binding wool, delicate shawls and items of clothing can be knitted for spring and summer, with Plötulopi and Lettlopi sweaters for indoors and outdoors, with the thick Alafosslopi and Jöklalopi super warm sweaters and jackets that insulate against the cold even in winter. Or how about a blanket that warms us on cool evenings on the balcony or terrace?
Icelandic sweaters are timeless pieces of clothing for young and old and are also enjoying increasing popularity among fashion-conscious young people, thanks to the combination of sustainability with trendy colors, shapes and patterns. Icelandic wool is a natural product that is affordable for everyone and, at a reasonable price, enables everyone to make beautiful and practical clothing and accessories themselves.
There are around 400,000 to 500,000 sheep in Iceland. The sheep farms are run by families who own between 200 and 300 sheep and are organized in a cooperative. As a result, many shepherds still know their animals by name. In the mild summer the sheep roam freely through the wilderness of Iceland, while in the arctic winter they find shelter with the shepherds.
On the one hand, due to the cold climate in Iceland there are hardly any vermin that have to be destroyed with pesticides, on the other hand, the standards for animal welfare, especially for sheep, are very high in Iceland and the controls are extremely strict. As a result, sheep are rarely given antibiotics, hormones, or similar chemicals and treatments. The use of pesticides and herbicides in sheep breeding is very limited, so that Icelandic wool is a very pure, ecologically valuable product. Sheep are not dehorned and are free from mulesing. After the warping, the sheep remain in the shelter of a dwelling until they wear the first warm wool again. For more information on animal welfare in Iceland, please visit MAST , the website of the Islandic Food and Veterinary Authority. Due to the significantly lower pollution in the Icelandic air, Icelandic wool is also much cleaner than many other European wool.
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