I arrived as a seasoned knitter eager to make a traditional Icelandic sweater (lopapeysa), but with some holes in my experience. I’d never worked with multiple colors and was new to the continental method. Ragga taught me a new way to cast on, much faster and nicer than my old way. She helped work out some snags in my technique and soon had me knitting with 2 colors and understanding how to use more if needed. By the end of the day we had completed enough of the yoke portion to confirm that I could read the pattern and perform all the required stitches. Along the way she discussed Icelandic lopi and what sets it apart from other wool and we had time to explore lots of non-knitting topics as well. All in all it was a very successful and enjoyable day. I came home with yarn for my first lopapeysa, the confidence to make the attempt, and lots of enthusiasm.
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