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****The Best of Lopi

compiled by Susan Mills and Norah Gaughan

Reviewed February 1, 2003.
XRX Books, Sioux Falls, SD, 2002.  118 pages.

Lopi yarn is made in Iceland, spun from the warm, lightweight and water-repellent wool of Icelandic sheep.  My knitting buddy and I gained a new appreciation of Lopi yarn when our husbands got sent to Iceland on a business trip, and discovered that they could buy Lopi yarn at about half the price.  We decided that we needed to be better prepared should such an event happen again, so now we both have a copy of The Best of Lopi.

Like all XRX books, this book is beautiful, with clear photography showing off the lovely patterns.  Lopi yarn has been around for over 100 years, and the compilers looked at over 1000 patterns and chose their favorites to present in this book.  They also present more than one color combination with most patterns, so you can use the information in this book to make your own combinations.  We are especially appreciative of the guide in the back to all the colors of Lopi that are currently available.

There’s a wonderful variety in the designs presented, with pullovers, cardigans, hats and scarves for men, women and children.  Even if you don’t have access to half-price Lopi yarn, knitters are sure to find plenty of projects they’d love to make in this book.

Copyright © 2003 Sondra Eklund.  All rights reserved.

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