Hi! I'm Anna-Sofia Vintersol, though many of you also know me as Loparefur. Home in the North and the Wild, I design playfully Wanderful outdoor Knitwear. My designs are inspired by animals, nature, and my Anishinaabe and Cherokee family ties. I desire to create garments that combine playfulness, functionality, and an authentic appearance, and that are approachable to knitters of all skill levels.

Since I can remember, I have had a pencil in my hands and started designing characters and clothes from a very young age. At the age of 11, I was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome (and later on ADHD), so I knew from early on that I had to pursue a creative career. At 17 years old, I was hired by a Japanese video game company to design video game characters. This may seem unrelated to fashion and designing knitwear, but indeed, there is a direct link. It's all about fashion and creating a story around the wear and design of these characters. I continued to work as an artist, lead designer, and eventually art director for over a decade in the video game industry. I worked on very well-known projects you may have heard of if you play and like video games, such as Dark Souls, Naruto Ultimate Storm 4, and the Final Fantasy 7 remake. During this process, one of my biggest teachers and influential figures was the artist Yoshitaka Amano. He has influenced my style in many ways.

Then one day, I discovered knitting. It was during my travels to Iceland when I discovered the "Lopapeysa". The Lopapeysa is THE iconic garment and THE Icelandic sweater. I did not know anyone who could make me a Lopapeysa, so I thought, okay, I need to teach myself to knit! I did just that, and after I created my first garment, which was full of errors and had no tension straight in any place, I decided to do what I have always done: design.

When I discovered the Icelandic Sweater, I found more than just a garment; I found the love of my life—the love of designing knitwear.

Now, many years later, I have designed over a hundred sweaters, cardigans, and small knits and published 2 books. I wake up every morning (and sometimes at night) with the thought of what design I could come up with next. I like to challenge myself every single day, coming up with all sorts of new ideas, and I believe designing and knitting are like any challenge in life - take it one stitch at a time to create something big. It is important for us to accept challenges, as this is the only way we can grow.

I love to be outdoors and hiking with my dogs when I find the time, as I believe nature is the only place on earth where we are not controlled or manipulated by influences, and we can be inspired by the very beginning of creation.

Happy knitting!