Our Icelandic Lopi comes from ‘South Muirnich Farm’ where Glenda and Ian are bringing an old croft back to life. It is a wonderful wild spot to the south of Loch Ness with stunning views to hills and lochs. We believe that our Icelandic Lopi is the only British version of this classic Icelandic wool and spin technique. Our version is less robust in texture than Lopi we have worked with from Iceland itself and is a soft airy wool. It comes in three shades – Toffee, Fawn and Silver (please note that while Toffee and Fawn are different shades there isn’t a great deal of contrast between them).
Icelandic sheep are double-coated with a strong outercoat called the ‘tog’ and a fine undercoat called the ‘thel’ which we have spun in the traditional Icelandic ‘Lopi’ method. Both coats have been worked together in an unspun fibre – which can be a little fragile until knit together when it becomes a very durable, and warm, fabric. Broken ends can be easily joined with a little moisture (otherwise known as spit-splicing!).