In the midst of holiday mayhem, my brother came for a visit from the UK. It was so nice to have here for a few days, to celebrate a late Christmas with him, and just enjoy a little time to chat! And, of course, it goes without saying that I had some Icelandic Lopi sweaters lined up for him to model! At this point, the whole thing has become routine: I knit Lopi sweaters over the course of a few months, I pack them away until my brother is back in town, and then we pick a cloudy day for a photo shoot. This time the weather cooperated: overcast but not frigid. Perfect for photos!
I had two sweaters ready for him to wear. For the first, I used a unique “tweed” Lopi in black with white speckles. The look is really spectacular, I have to say. I enjoyed knitting the yoke on this sweater. Who knew black, grey, and white could work so magnificently together? I will definitely be using this pattern again.
You’ll notice that my brother is sporting quite the beard this time around. This is left over from the annual Dickensian festival which takes place in his town. It’s part Christmas market, part historical reenactment, and apparently requires a formidable beard!
The second sweater has a very traditional but interesting pyramid pattern, again in neutral colors. I think that Lopi does so well in natural colorways like these, so I went with a black/white/grey palette for both sweaters. They sold in record time, so I guess neutral was a good choice!
Thanks to my brother for his expert modelling!
I also had another Lopi sweater knitted up and ready for modelling, this time by me. However, since it is a dark background, I thought it would look really nice against snow. We waited and waited and finally had snow last weekend, so we headed out early morning and got some photos before the snow melted away. I’m calling this one Mulberry, because the green, purple, and pink remind me of berries and leaves of a mulberry tree. I’m happy with this more colorful sweater – sometimes colors don’t sit well with Lopi, but I think these work together without being over the top. The sweater is currently for sale in my Etsy shop.
My Lopi sweaters are such consistent sellers, I’ve made a commitment to knit more of them this year. Keep your eye out for more in the upcoming months!