I saw many beautiful knitted items in Iceland last week. I felt like I was doing a research mission as I encountered different designs and took lots of photos of them. I packed relatively lightly for this trip. I didn't need any formal wear, and only took 3 pairs of shoes. I could have survived with only a pair of waterproof walking shoes. I toyed with the idea of taking my Baa-ble hat. But thought it might be a bit too 'hoaky' (for the lack of a better term) to wear among the 'muggles' I'd be travelling with.
Chrysanthemum mitts instead.
Icelandic Star from the Winter 2009 edition of Interweave Knits. It can also be ordered as an individual pattern here. I didn't pack it, though, as I only took one thinly knit sweater and a fleece jacket for under my waterproof windbreaker.
One recommendation... when inserting a stranded (two-colour) section among stocking stitch (like the yolk and the detail above the cuffs) go up a needle size. That will totally take care of any pulling in caused by the stranding.
I do have a hankering to start another sweater so will be making a visit to my LYS that sells Lopi yarn in the near future.