A few months ago, I decided learning to knit would be fun. I couldn’t find any courses locally so I managed to learn all the basics from books. I’m still at the beginner stage and I don’t know how far I’m ever going to get with it on my own, but I’m enjoying it There’s lots of things I would love to be able to make someday which I will bore you with another time.
Iceland is a knitter’s paradise, with everyone being taught to knit at school and knitting products sold not just in specialist shops but alongside food. You can also easily get unspun wool which I have never seen sold in England.
I’ve started knitting with Létt Lopi, which is a lighter but still warm version of Icelandic wool. My aim is to make a 3 coloured scarf that looks like this:
I’ve finished my first colour section:
I’m really glad this wasn’t one of the first things I tried to make as I would have made loads of mistakes. The lopi is thin and means I am using quite small needles, which can feel tight.The lopi also comes apart easily and is full of longer “guard” hairs which again get in the way for a beginner. In case you aren’t a knitter, I should explain that the thicker the yarn and bigger the needles you use, the easier it is. Yarn that has some man made element such as viscose in it is also less likely to split and easier for beginners.
Having measured my first section, I think I am going to have do either 15 or 18 sections to get it to the length in the pattern. They don’t take long, but do take concentration to follow the pattern. These are the other colours I’m using:
They all came together in a pack of 4 colours which also included dark brown which I am going to save for something else.
I don’t know how long this is going to take me, but I’ll post a picture of the finished product when done. I want to be able to wear it this winter so I am aiming to get it done this month.
Luckily, I have a little helper: