Textiles are my weakness. I think a lot of knitters feel the same.
Consider, for example, this blanket.
I first laid eyes on this blanket last June, at the yarn trade show. I immediately wrapped myself up in it, a comfort amid the chill of the Cleveland Convention Center.
I loved it immediately, especially because the woman who designed it was standing right there next to me.
Védís Jónsdóttir has lived in Iceland all her life, and is famous for the dozens and dozens of lopapeysa sweaters she has designed for Iceland’s legendary Lopi yarn.
This blanket is part of her Landscape series, woven blankets that evoke the vistas of Iceland.
It’s such a souvenir.
A few weeks after my visit with Védis and this blanket in Cleveland, I encountered this blanket again as my family and I wandered around Iceland for a week.
Everywhere we went, I saw blankets—I mean, landscapes that would make excellent blankets. Up top, you can see a few of the blankety landscapes we visited.
This throw is woven with Lopi wool, which comes from the sheep who wander the island. It is lofty, sturdy wool—the kind of stuff that will knock the chill off an Icelandic winter.
The colors are heathered and soft—really beautiful when woven together, and blurred a bit because the surface is brushed.
I have determined that the landscape this blanket captures is a July night around 11 pm—sunset, basically. The sun shines for 21 hours a day during the summer, so sunset is a languorous, slow event. That’s what I’m seeing in this blanket.
We have a limited number of these beautiful blankets in the MDK Holiday Shop. They are surprisingly big—51 x 80 inches—and they make for a wonderful snuggle as the winter days arrive.
It’s Iceland in blanket form, basically.