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Introduction Our Route Around Iceland’s Ring Road Travel Guide by Kyle Cassidy It’s Easy to Get to Iceland, You Should Go Iceland’s History of Wool About the Lopapeysa Knitting a Lopi in Iceland Getting Started How Is Iceland Even? The Ring Road Getting Around Iceland The Icelandic Handknitting Association The Waterfall at Helgufoss The Hot Springs at Skátalaug Heavy Metal Horses Designer Profile: Rebekka Guðleifsdóttir Knitter Profile: Pálína (Palla) Gunnarsdóttir Reykjavik is a 24-hour Party Fagradalsfjall, an Erupting Volcano Hestaland, a Horse Farm that Lets you Stay Illugastaðir, the Land of Seals and Ghosts Dalvik Camping, Whale Watching Akureyri Grjótagjá Cave, Mývatn's Underground Hot Springs Möðrudalur: The Farm at the Top of the World Námafjall Hverir, the Mývatn Geothermal Area Djúpivogur Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Skaftafell National Park Black Sand Beaches Vik, Where All the Movies are Filmed Knitter Profiles: Hera, Guðlaug and Anna Halla Knitter Profile: Janina Witzel The Hot River Nauthólsvík Geothermal Beach Designer Profile: Védís Jónsdóttir Back Home Coda Knitting Guide and Patterns by Joan of Dark Knitting the Lopapeysa Recipes versus Patterns Sizing Needles Abbreviations Cardigans and Steeking Yarn Important Skills The Patterns Learn to Chart Headband Hot Springs Hat Executioner’s Capelet Everywhere Sweater Hestaland Horse Sweater Puffin Sweater Lakeside Lopapeysa Hiking Gloves Adventure Sweater Waiting Cape Learned Lopi Vik Dress Endnotes Acknowledgements

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Part-knitting book, part-Icelandic travel guide, this is a book for knitters and those with a taste for adventure!

About the Author

Joan of Dark aka Toni Carr is the author of Knockdown Knits, Knits for Nerds and Geek Knits, and a contributing designer for Vampire Knits, Once Upon a Knit and various Knit Picks publications. Joan has been a featured instructor and guest of honour at numerous knitting and pop-culture conventions. Kyle Cassidy has photographed a wide range of people from writers and punks to politicians and scholars since the 1990s. His work appeared in publications such as The New York Times, The Sunday Times, Marie Claire and Forbes. His first book, Armed America (F&W Media), made Amazon's 'Best 10 Art Books of the Year'. As a journalist at Philadelphia Weekly, he won three Keystone State Professional Journalism Awards.


This is a joy of a book. I know nothing of sweaters and little of Iceland, and this book used pictures and words to open Iceland and its people for me, using Icelandic sweaters and knitting to do it.
*Neil Gaiman, author of 'Norse Mythology'*

Lopapeysa is a seamless knitting together of the author's travels in contemporary Iceland with one of that splendidly idiosyncratic island's most highly prized and traditional crafts, the art of knitting itself.
*Lawrence Millman, author of 'Last Places: A Journey in the North'*

Through the story of their travels and the people they met along the way, Joan and Kyle have lovingly captured both the technical and artistic aspects of Icelandic knitting tradition, and the culture that created it.
*Smári McCarth, former member of the Alþingi, Iceland's national parliament*

If you've ever fancied visiting Iceland, or simply admire its timeless knitting pattern styles, then you'll love this book!
*The Knitter*

Lopapeysa is part travelogue, part pattern collection, making it something you can curl up with and enjoy reading as well as browsing the designs to choose which to knit first. Outstanding photography makes it perfect for your coffee table too… The combination of text and gorgeous photography is enough to get you packing your bags immediately.
*Knitting Magazine*

It’s an absolute dream to one day travel up there, buy some local wool, and then start knitting one of the dreamy designs from the book. Until then, I’ll enjoy Lopapeysa from my armchair and keep dreaming!

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