At Loop we try to balance your desire for new, exciting yarns with your need for reliable favourites. This can be tricky; our stock room is bursting, as we try to bring it all to you.
We used to carry Isager Tvinni yarn, which was similar in weight, colour and composition, however Spinni is a single-ply that is new to our shop.
We have long stocked our other beloved Isager yarns such as Highland Wool, Alpaca 1, Silk Mohair and Japansk Cotton. At one time we had Tvinni, in all its’ shades but it has been a while. There was a resounding cry, amongst its loyal followers, to get it back in. We listened, and have brought in all 51 colours of Isager Spinni to fill the need.
Spinni is a single-ply, lace weight wool that comes in an incredible palette of muted and heathered tones, reminiscent of vintage textiles. It’s strong and hard-wearing, but delicate looking.
The beautiful thing about Isager yarns is their versatility when blended in combinations. Spinni or Highland can be held together with Alpaca 1 or Silk/Mohair to create airy, blooming fabrics in a variety of tonal palettes, or they can be doubled-up to create sport-weight yarns. Using two different colours together makes gentle colour variations. Spinni, with its single-ply, is particularly easy to work with, in this way.
Many of the Isager knitting patterns feature two different strands of yarn. The sweater pictured below is “Ivory” from the new Helga Isager pattern book, The Artisan. It is made in a combination of Spinni held together with Silk Mohair.
The yarns also work beautifully on their own. This next pattern is “Lace”, from the same book. See how delicate it looks, yet the pattern has strong stitch definition.
The Spinni colours that are followed by the letter S are tweed colours, meaning they are blended with the natural-greyish sheep colour to give a heathered look.
This giant, easy-to-knit wrap is made by knitting a strand of Spinni together with a strand of Alpaca 1. The colour of the Alpaca yarn, is held with most of the varying tones of the Spinni, helping them to blend together into a subtly toning palette.
At least 5 examples have been knit by our group and there are more on the needles as we write this! Up until now, the pattern was only available as a kit, but it is now available separately from the yarns, so you can choose your own colours. Spinni is sold in 50g hanks, allowing for a wide variety of colours to be used in one shawl.
Many of the examples on Ravelry have been knit from the kit, but you can see some other effective variations of colour on the project pages.
The Artisan Book Giveaway
Explore and experiment with the Isager yarns; try them together in combinations. We think you may become a convert and devoted follower too. To encourage you, we will give a copy of The Artisan Pattern Book to one lucky winner. Comment on the blog with your experiences or ideas about Isager yarn or use the hashtag looplovesisager on instagram. Entries will close at midnight on Wednesday May 17th (UK time). Good luck and happy knitting!