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Traditional Wool Yarns

Traditional Wool Yarns

Embark on a journey through the rich tapestry of tradition with our Traditional Wool Yarns Collection, a curated ensemble of exquisite yarns celebrating the time-honored craftsmanship, including Icelandic Istex Lopi, Finnish Tukuwool, and Danish Isager's Spinni, Tvinni and Jensen.

Unveil the stories woven into each skein of the Traditional Wool Collection – tales of sheep grazing on Icelandic hillsides, the serenity of Finnish meadows, and the elegance of Danish design. Whether you're a seasoned artisan or a novice crafter, these yarns invite you to connect with the tradition of fiber arts and create pieces that stand the test of time.

Indulge in the tactile pleasure of working with traditional wool yarns that honor heritage, embrace sustainability, and inspire creativity. The Traditional Wool Collection is not just a collection of yarns; it's a celebration of the timeless artistry that continues to shape the world of fiber crafting.

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  • Isager Jensen

    Isager Isager Jensen

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    Isager Jensen - Ase Lund Jensen's Legacy, modernized. Originally, Isager Jensen Yarn was named ÅLJ after knitwear designer Åse Lund Jensen. In the 1960s, Åse Lund Jensen sold handknitted sweaters, she knitted in a heavy Swedish yarn. The heavy weight of the finished garments made shipping costs outside Denmark much too expensive, and this led to a new cooperation between Åse Lund Jensen and the Danish spinning mill, Henrichsens Uldspinderi in Skive. Together, they developed a lighter 3-ply yarn, ÅLJ and introduced it in a new natural color range which Isager is still the base for our Jensen Yarn, Spinni and Tvinni.The white wool origins from New Zealand, and the brown and grey wools used for the s-colors origin from Gotland sheep in Europe. The supplier in New Zealand is a brand partner of the Wool Integrity program that ensures that the principals under this program such as animal welfare, environmental sustainability and traceability are met. Follow this link to read more about Wool Integrity: https://www.woolintegrity.com/Jensen yarn is chemically dyed but based on the color range of natural dyes Åse Lund Jensen chose for her yarn. The colors 0, 0s, 2s and 3s are undyed and unbleached. All other colors are Oekotex 100 colors from Europe, but since the spinning mill in Skive has not been certified, the product can’t carry the Oekotex 100 label.As this is a 3-ply yarn, it is a firm and evenly spun yarn well suited for texture knitting as it allows the texture to stand out well. The yarn is very durable and wears out beautifully in the same way as Tvinni. We recommend this yarn especially for indoor and outdoor garments. Gauge Jensen used individually: 3 mm needles = 22 sts/ 28 rowsJensen + Alpaca 1: 3,5 mm = 19 sts / 24 rowsJensen + Alpaca 2: 4 mm needles = 17 sts / 24 rowsJensen + Silk Mohair: 5 = 16 m / 20 p Material 100 % wool250 m in 100 gThree-ply yarnSpun and dyed in Denmark

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    $27.99

  • Lopi Lettlopi

    Istex Lopi Lopi Lettlopi

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    Lettlopi Experience the rustic charm and cozy warmth of Icelandic tradition with Istex Lopi's Lettlopi yarn. Crafted with care from the pure and unspoiled natural fibers of Iceland's beloved sheep, this exceptional yarn will transport you to the heart of the Nordic wilderness. Lettlopi, meaning "light lopi," lives up to its name by offering a wonderfully lightweight yet insulating yarn. The result is truly magical – a yarn that effortlessly balances warmth and breathability, perfect for crafting a wide range of projects. Embrace the earthy hues and distinctive texture of Lettlopi as you create everything from snug, stylish sweaters to snugly blankets and charming accessories. Its unique construction – a single ply with a gentle twist – not only guarantees an authentic feel but also imparts a beautiful, rustic quality to your creations. Indulge in the timeless tradition of Icelandic knitting, where warmth and style are seamlessly interwoven, thanks to Istex Lopi's Lettlopi yarn. It's the perfect choice for those who seek a touch of Scandinavian elegance in their creative endeavors, where every stitch tells a story of heritage and natural beauty. Léttlopi is a highly versatile yarn. It is equivalent in thickness to half a Álafosslopi. Léttlopi garments are lovely to wear both indoors and outdoors. Gauge Suggested needle sizes: 4-5 mmGauge 10×10 cm: 18 stitches and 24 rows Material 100% new wool50 g ~100 m Made in Iceland from Icelandic sheep

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    $7.49

  • Isager Tvinni

    Isager Isager Tvinni

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    ISAGER TVINNI was developed by Marianne Isager together with the Danish spinning mill, ”Skive Uldspinderi”. It consists of the finest merino quality, virgin wool, which is first cut lambswool. The long and fine fibres make a very durable quality. We describe this as our finest yarn, which wears out beautifully. A sweater knitted in Tvinni has a long life if treated with care. As this is a two ply yarn it is suitable for knitting stocking stitch in the round and due to its lightness, it can be used in various combinations, alone or together with other qualities, in e.g. Fair Isle and Norwegian knitting. Gauge Tvinni: 3mm needle = 26 sts / 30 rowsTvinni + Alpaca 1: 3 mm needles = 24 sts/ 28 rowsTvinni + Alpaca 2: 3,5 mm needles = 20 sts/ 26 rowsTvinni + Silk Mohair: 4mm needles = 18 sts/ 24 rows Material 100% woolMeterage: 510 m in 100 g | 255m in 50 gTwo ply yarnDyed and spun in Denmark

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    $14.99

  • Isager Spinni

    Isager Isager Spinni

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    SPINNI is a single ply natural wool. In the olden days in Iceland this yarn was hand spun and preferably so fine that a finished shawl could be pulled through a finger ring.Spinni is not quite as fine and we use the yarn in many different ways. When used on its own it is very suitable for lace shawls and one of its qualities is that it keeps its shape, so a scarf or shawl will not ‘collapse’.As Spinni is a single yarn spun in a single direction, it is not really suitable for knitting stocking stitch in the round. The knitted fabric will have a tendency to skew. If working in the round in a textured pattern this will not normally be a problem.In a multicoloured work Spinni will often be used as one of the yarns and with its beautiful and characteristic structure it is a lovely element in the knitted fabric. Gauge Spinni: 3 mm needles = 26 sts/ 30 rowsSpinni + Alpaca 1: 3 mm needles = 24 sts/ 28 rowsSpinni + Alpaca 2: 3,5 mm needles = 20 sts/ 26 rowsSpinni + Silk Mohair: 4 mm needles= 18 sts/ 24 rows Material 100% wool (single ply)Meterage 600 m in 100 g | 300 m in 50gThe yarn is spun and dyed in Denmark

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  • Tukuwool Fingering

    Tukuwool Tukuwool Fingering

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    Your long-awaited Tukuwool Fingering is finally here! We gently renewed the yarn base for smoother quality and softer handfeel. In August 2023, we welcomed a brand new era of knitting with the launch of Tukuwool Fingering, a renewed Finnish wool yarn. This yarn has undergone a transformation that has left us truly excited, and we couldn’t wait to share it with you!The most notable changes are new labels and the skein size, now coming in a generous 100 grams per skein, double the previous size. Alongside this, we made a slight adjustment to the meterage, now 370 meters per 100 gram. These changes weren’t just for aesthetics; they were about efficiency and sustainability. We wanted to create a yarn that not only looks and feels great but is also produced with minimal waste.The result? A yarn that is not only more sustainable but also boasts a consistent quality and a texture that feels natural yet softer than before.Now, you might be wondering if these changes will affect your knitting projects. The answer is a reassuring “no.” The shift in meterage subtly influences the gauge for Tukuwool Fingering, but it’s so slight that your trusty old knitting patterns will work seamlessly with the updated yarn.But that’s not all! We’ve also taken the opportunity to breathe new life into Tukuwool Fingering color palette. Alongside the beloved classics, we’ve introduced a few trendy, fresh shades that are sure to inspire your creativity.100 % Finnish Wool50g = 185m/202yds

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    $14.99

  • Tukuwool DK

    Tukuwool Tukuwool DK

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      Tukuwool DK yarn, hailing from the pristine landscapes of Finland, is an embodiment of Nordic purity and craftsmanship. This extraordinary yarn marries the rustic charm of its origin with a luxurious softness that will caress your senses. Meticulously crafted from Finnish wool, Tukuwool DK strikes a harmonious balance between warmth and comfort. With a sumptuous softness that envelops you in every stitch, it's ideal for a wide range of projects, from cozy winter garments to delicate accessories. In the reviews, knitters and crafters celebrate Tukuwool DK for its exceptional quality, remarking on its soft touch and ability to create beautifully textured, warm, and durable pieces. Many users find themselves enchanted by the yarn's natural color palette, which reflects the serenity of Finland's wilderness. Unleash your creativity and discover the magic of Tukuwool DK, where tradition and softness come together in perfect harmony. Lively woolen spun two-ply yarn is a delight to knit. Tukuwool DK is a perfect option for sweaters and accessories, such as mittens and hats. Material 100g/3.05oz = 250m/273yds100 % Finnish Wool

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    $27.99

  • Lopi Plotulopi

    Istex Lopi Lopi Plotulopi

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    Plotulopi Dive into the rich tapestry of Icelandic heritage with Istex Lopi's Plotulopi yarn, a true testament to the timeless art of crafting and knitting. This extraordinary yarn, like a cherished heirloom, holds within its threads the secrets of a thousand years of tradition and innovation. Plotulopi is unique among yarns, presenting itself in an unspun, delicate state, ready for your creative touch. As you hold it in your hands, you'll feel the whisper of the Icelandic wilderness, the story of hardy sheep and the rugged landscapes they call home. This delicate single-ply yarn is wonderfully versatile, allowing you to explore an array of projects, from ethereal lace shawls to sturdy, textured sweaters. What makes Plotulopi truly special is its captivating connection to Iceland's rich knitting history. The yarn's authenticity is undeniable, embodying the very essence of Icelandic wool. The fibers include the inner, soft "þel" and the outer, weather-resistant "tog," seamlessly blending strength and comfort, as only Icelandic wool can. Plotulopi's color range is a vibrant tribute to Iceland's natural beauty, with a spectrum of earthy tones and frosty blues. Each shade reflects the breathtaking landscapes and pristine waters of this captivating island. It is a canvas on which to paint your creativity and weave the stories of Iceland's majestic terrain into your creations. While Plotulopi stands in a category of its own, it shares kinship with other unspun Icelandic wool yarns, like Bulky Lopi and Alafosslopi, making it perfect for combining with them to explore textural contrasts and design possibilities. Whether you're fashioning a lacy dream or a cozy, rustic sweater, Plotulopi yarn will be your loyal companion on this journey of creative exploration. Unleash your imagination and embrace the legacy of Icelandic knitting, where every stitch echoes with tradition and natural beauty, all held within the delicate embrace of Plotulopi. How to Use Plötulopi Plötulopi is unspun wool (pencil roving) and is traditionally used to make authentic Icelandic Lopi sweaters. Plötulopi is mostly knitted using two or three strands, resulting in garments that are exceptionally light and airy. Plötulopi is surprisingly strong once knitted thanks to the unique characteristics of Icelandic wool.Gently wind the required number of strands of Plötulopi together or knit straight from the plates.  A single strand of Plötulopi is very delicate. It can be strengthened by twisting it lightly or by knitting it with one strand of Einband. Plötulopi is great for felting, hand spinning and many other things. Gauge Suggested needle sizes: Depends on how many strands are used Gauge 10×10 cm: Depends on needle sizeGauge 10×10 cm 2-ply 14 stitches x 19 rows, needles 5½ Material 100% new woolPlate: 100 g ~ 300  Made in Iceland of Icelandic sheep

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    $12.49

  • Lopi Einband

    Istex Lopi Lopi Einband

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    Lopi Einband Lopi Einband is a truly extraordinary yarn that captures the essence of Icelandic tradition and craftsmanship. This exquisite lace-weight yarn is created by Istex Lopi, the renowned Icelandic yarn company, and it embodies the raw, natural beauty of the country it hails from. Lopi Einband is made from the fleece of Iceland's iconic sheep, which have roamed the sub-arctic landscapes for centuries, developing a unique and resilient wool. What sets Einband apart is its delicate lace weight, which allows for intricate stitch work and open, airy designs. It's the perfect choice for those who appreciate the subtlety and grace of lace knitting. The yarn itself is a testament to the rich heritage of Icelandic knitting. It offers a harmonious blend of strength and softness, making it versatile for a variety of projects. The individual fibers, known as "þel," are incredibly fine and soft, ensuring comfort and warmth. Meanwhile, the outer "tog" fibers provide the necessary strength and durability for long-lasting creations. Lopi Einband boasts a beautiful range of colors, reflecting the palette of Iceland's breathtaking landscapes. From the serene blues of its icy glaciers to the earthy browns and greens of the highlands, you can infuse your projects with the enchanting hues of this majestic land. Crafting with Lopi Einband is an invitation to immerse yourself in the intricate world of lace knitting, where every stitch tells a story of elegance and natural beauty. Whether you're fashioning delicate shawls, intricate doilies, or lightweight, breathable garments, this yarn provides an exquisite canvas for your creativity. Choose Lopi Einband and embark on a journey into the delicate art of lace knitting, capturing the grace and allure of Iceland's knitting heritage in every creation. Einband is a fine yarn, ideal for shawls, light garments and lace knitting. Einband can be knitted using more than one strand of yarn. It is also used to add strength to one-ply Plötulopi. Gauge Suggested needle sizes: All sizes from 2-6 mmGauge 10×10 cm: Depends on needle size Material Material: 100% new woolBall: 50 g ~ 250 m Made in Iceland from Icelandic Sheep

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    $7.99

  • Lopi Alafosslopi

    Istex Lopi Lopi Alafosslopi

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    Alafosslopi Step into the world of timeless Icelandic craftsmanship with Lopi Alafosslopi yarn, a symbol of tradition, warmth, and natural beauty. Sourced from the rugged and resilient Icelandic sheep, this yarn embodies the spirit of this remarkable land and its age-old knitting heritage. Álafosslopi is a thick wool yarn, apart from Plötulopi that is unspun, the oldest wool yarn still in production in Iceland. It is excellent for knitting outdoor wear and super cozy garments. Alafosslopi, named after the iconic Álafoss wool store in Iceland, is a chunky, unspun yarn that exudes rustic charm and cozy comfort. The lofty, cloud-like texture of this yarn promises unparalleled insulation, making it a perfect choice for your cold-weather creations. Indulge in the rich and earthy color palette inspired by the raw beauty of Iceland's natural wonders. From the deep, volcanic black to the mossy greens and fiery reds, these hues evoke the untamed landscapes and fiery geothermal springs of this majestic country. With Alafosslopi, you can infuse your projects with the enchanting essence of Iceland itself. Whether you're crafting a toasty sweater for those frigid winter days or a chunky, textured blanket for curling up by the fire, this yarn is your gateway to authentic Nordic style. The pure, unspun Icelandic wool gives your creations a cozy, rustic feel, allowing you to revel in the rich history of Icelandic knitting. Lopi Alafosslopi yarn is the quintessential choice for those who appreciate quality, tradition, and the warmth of a bygone era. Channel the spirit of Iceland's woolen legacy in every stitch and relish in the unparalleled beauty and comfort it brings to your handcrafted masterpieces. Gauge Suggested needle sizes: 6-6½ mm10×10 cm: 13 stitches and 18 rows Material 100% new woolBall: 100 g ~ 100 m Made in Iceland from Icelandic Sheep

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    $13.99

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