Who Made Your Lopi?

Some go to Paris and leave with an Eiffel Tower statue, others go to Iceland and leave with a Lopi sweater. The cozy sweater with colorwork yoke has become a symbol of the wool-famous island nation, as it is meticulously handknitted (taking upwards of 25 hours to complete!) with wool from Icelandic sheep. However, the typical $200+ price tags of these one-of-a-kind sweaters are being challenged by a cheaper version, handknit in China. While the Chinese sweater is handknit with Icelandic wool, some argue that it is not an authentic version. From CBS News, this article is a must-read for anyone planning to do some shopping on their next visit to Iceland.

Wear Your Craft On Your Sleeve

Stitcher Tees, the apparel company that launched the crafty identifier tees like ‘Knitter’ and ‘Crocheter,’  has debuted a new collection: Yarnicorn. For those magical days of making magic – when you find that perfect skein, finally memorize the Kitchener Stitch, or finish that epic WIP – take off your ‘Maker’ or ‘Dyer’ shirt and slip on your ‘Yarnicorn’ shirt to celebrate. And speaking of celebrating, a portion of each ‘Yarnicorn’ shirt sale will benefit the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Fall Makers’ Retreat

By Hand Serial, the place-based magazine that celebrates those who make, learn, and supports each others’ talents, has announced their first Makers’ Retreat happening September 12-15, 2019 on Washington’s Bainbridge Island. While nestled in among the beautiful landscapes, take classes to expand your crafty pursuits, including mindful mending, botanical sketching, and indigo dyeing. There will also be a Maker’s Market and time to knit with friends new and old. Like the communities the magazine celebrates each issue, use this retreat to create your own community through friendships built with other retreat goers and your shared making spirit.

CAST ON: Heartwarming Sweater by Handmade Closet

This relaxed, three color sweater features floral colorwork around the yoke and matching geometric colorwork design around the forearm of the sleeves. Worked with DK weight yarn (the designer use Woolberry Fiber Co’s Berry Cozy DK) this top-down sweater is available in nine sizes.