In Iceland, there is yarn for sale in lots of places, but so far as I could see – it was all Lopi. As a wool lover, I feel like I should really like Lopi, but, I really don’t.
Part of the problem is that I was knitting this scarf while I was in Iceland.
It doesn’t look like much in the photos, but the yarn is the softest I have ever felt. When I went to the Nordic Knitting conference in 2009, I felt the original Raha scarf as knitted by Nancy Bush, bought the yarn, and let it age in my stash. Last October, my mother and sister went to the Nordic Knitting conference (without me! the traitors!) and I thought that the time was right to knit up my qiviut.
I followed the pattern pretty closely, but did a provisional cast on and made it into a cowl. I pretty much knitted until all the yarn was gone. More technical notes on Ravelry. It is the softest, lightest cowl and feels like an angel is caressing my neck. You can buy some here. I finished it last night in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, and wore it today. It makes even slightly scratchy yarn very difficult to contemplate.