This Jumper belongs to my Mam, she bought it in the 1980s in Lerwick. She found it again a few years ago at my Granny and Grandads house in Ollaberry, with my recent obsession I’m sure your not shocked that I took it out the cupboard…
It is made from Icelandic Wool very similar to Alafoss Lopi, and Mam says it was very expensive at the time, there were a couple of mouse nibbles which went through the front and the back so using Lett-lopi I had left over from my Strokkur I have mended the holes but there was one reason I couldn’t wear it. Unfortunately the neck was too high for me, the jumper isn’t too itchy through the body but since the neck was a bit high, I found it quite itchy on my neck. I had a look at the neck and it was turned over and stitched so I asked Mam if I could try and lower it a bit, and she said I could.
I just snipped the neck and unravelled the rib, the fibres were pretty well felted but once I got going it came out pretty good, I then picked it up and did a simple garter stitch collar then turned it down and stitched it. I liked the way that collar looked on my Strokkur and I feel it sits better away from my neck, then I washed it and boarded it to help settle the wool since it had been reknitted after over 30 years!
I wore it today and it was very cosy. I found these pictures of Mam wearing the jumper a while ago but looked them out last night, the pictures are dated 1982 so she was 18. The colours look a bit more muted and its felted especially over the yoke but since its over 30 years old its looking pretty good!
I promise this is the last mention of Icelandic knitting from me for a while, im sure your getting fed up (until I finish all my planned knits..) but this is a good one to finish on for now.