We have family living in Iceland, and therefore are lucky enough to visit regularly. Last Easter we went there to celebrate the confirmation of my nephew. Our grandson Leander was onløy 3 1/2 months old then, had his first passport, and came with us (together with his mother). I love the traditional Icelandic knitting, and during our stay bough yarn for a sweather for Leander. A few months later it was finished. When our daughter saw it I instinctly knew that she would fancy an Icelandic sweather hersel, and when I and my husband went over to Reykjavik again in November last year, I bought more yarn, lettlópi from The Handknitting Association of Iceland.
The size of the needles and the tickness of the yarn makes an Icelandic sweather quite easy to knit. At the same time the yarn is a bit hard and the garment becomes quite heavy in the end. Yes, my shoulders feel it now, but I am almost at the end. Tomorrow I will be ready to reveal the secret to Ingrid :-)
The history of Icelandic knitting is fascinating. I found the page The Icelandic Knitter, and read:
Knitting is intrinsically related to the life of the Icelandic people. Having been populated in the late 9th century by political refugees and fugitives from Norway, Iceland didn’t come into contact with knitting through its Nordic neighbors though, but through English, German or Dutch merchants. This didn’t happen until the 16thcentury but when it did, knitting quickly spread throughout the country.