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Bang Out a Sweater: It Came from Reykjavik

 

plotulopi stack

Dear Kay,

Late to the party, barging into the room waving my bag from Iceland: “IT’S HERE IT’S HERE YAAAAAAY!”

Waiting two weeks for my Bang Out a Sweater yarn to arrive has given me the chance to wallow in all the Banging Out of Sweaters that is going on. I’ve knit this Stopover sweater in my head at least three times by now.

I have been studying everybody’s projects over in the Bang Out a Sweater group, reveling in the chance to see so many versions of one sweater. I’m suffering from colorway envy and loving the sight of knitters modeling their finished Stopovers. So happy for everybody who’s made it to the other side.

Plütolopi yarn is like no other I’ve ever seen.  My moment of swatching with Julie’s plötulopi only whetted my curiosity, so I’m eager to trade info with other souls working with this peculiar product.

Gerri kindly provided a link to Hélène Magnússon’s solid-gold plötulopi hints from The Icelandic Knitter. (Required reading for this knitalong. VERY juicy.) (Yes, we are all going to Iceland. What are we waiting for?)

Hélène writes that this unspun form of lopi yarn was scorned as lazy yarn—too lazy to spin it, apparently. Maybe that’s why this yarn is resonating with me!

The four plates of Winter Blue Heather arrived in a unit, yanked apparently from the comfort of their Icelandic life with 14 other plates.

plotulopi jellyfish

They may be jellyfish, for all I know. The tentacles are intertwined. Maybe they’re spawning!

plotulopi three plates

I really, really love the roughness of this stuff. It’s not scratchy, but it is definitely hairy. It feels like it may all fall apart if I squeeze it too hard. I’ve been debating whether to knit this yarn doubled, in order to increase the durability of my Stopover. Now that I see plötulopi in real life, I think I really do want to try it single, to see if a sweater made of this flurf is as light as I hope it will be.

plotulopi troll doll

I think there’s a troll stuck in there.

Love,

Ann

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