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Episode 52: Helga Isager – Danish countryside, Italian Vogue, Boarding school, and Amimono

March 17, 2016

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Sponsor: NorthCoast Knittery is a favorite in Humbolt county, with it’s charming storefront in Eureka California. NorthCoast Knittery opened it’s doors in 2008, with the hope to create a unique gathering place for fiber folk and help expand the local fiber community. It’s a wonderful spot to meet friends and work on projects as you enjoy a cup of tea. They offer a variety of classes and workshops, helping enhance your skill levels and each Thursday at 6pm they host a Sip & Knit social evening. 

In September NorthCoast Knittery is hosting the “Knitting in the Redwoods” retreat. Four nights of relaxation, stories, delicious farm to table meals, great company and the peaceful surroundings of the Klamath river and Redwood National Park. The retreat takes place at the historic Requa Inn, and each day will bring a new workshop and special treat showcasing the incredible area. Make sure to visit NorthCoast Knittery in person when in Eureka and online at for a full selection of beautiful yarns including Isager yarns, and to register for the Knitting in the Redwoods retreat. You can also find them on Instagram @northcoastknittery 

And from now until March 31st, NorthCoast Knittery is offering a 10% discount on Isager yarns to all Woolful listeners. Use the code LoveWoolful (case sensitive) during checkout. 


Fiber folk: For a long time I’ve been enchanted by the designs of Helga Isager. A few years ago I bought one of her books that was in Danish, and I began translating it so I could knit my favorites. Since then her books and patterns have been released in English, and they are some of the most beautiful designs I’ve ever seen, truly. Her work is a large part of what inspired me to take the leap and finally knit my first sweater a couple years ago, because I wanted so badly to work up the courage to eventually knit one of Helga’s designs. 

From her delightful Danish voice, lineage and her exquisite taste in fashion, photography and styling, Helga is a benchmark in this industry and if you haven’t already become familiar with her work, I highly suggest you do. 

You can find Helga at and on Instagram @helgaisager.



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Sponsor: Knit Purl is a wonderfully motivating yarn shop in Portland, Oregon founded by Darcy Cameron in 2004, with the intention to create a unique curated experience for yarn buyers. They’ve worked closely with local, regional and international makers and designers to provide a one of a kind experience, to fuel creativity for fiber and design enthusiasts. Each month they offer a great calendar of classes and events, and every other Wednesday you can join other fiber folk for Knit Night at 6pm. Make sure to stop by in person when in Portland and shop their large selection of yarns including Isager yarns at And find them on Instagram @knitpurlpdx

And from now until March 31st, Knit Purl is offering a 10% discount on Isager yarns to all Woolful listeners. Use the code ISAGERYARN10 in all caps during checkout.


Man on the Street: For this week’s “Man on the Street” I asked the question, “Who is your best fiber friend and why?” We had some great answers from Amy @urban_farm_wife, Leanne @leannecoppola, Shannan @whiskeyknitter_shannan

Giveaway: The winner of last weeks giveaway is Ines Cruz. You’ve won a copy of Loop London’s book “10″. Congratulations!

The giveaway this week is sponsored by Amimono, and they’re giving away the book “Room 606” featuring a gorgeous selection of garment and accessory patterns designed by Helga Isager, and a few skeins of Isager yarn for the Ghita Cowl. To enter and be one of the winners, leave a comment on this blog post. 


Music by Jónsi.


Knitting: Finstrikket by Helga Isager

October 16, 2014

I have a “Project Inspiration” board on Pinterest that I’ve been building for awhile now and kept noticing these gorgeous patterns by Helga Isager. I did some digging and ordered one of her books, Finstrikket. I received it in the mail yesterday and have barely put it down since. You would not believe how incredibly beautiful the patterns in this book are. I’m not sure I’ve ever been this enamored with a collection. Aside from the patterns, the photography is breathtaking. Ethereal women and children modeling the knitted garments, broken up by photos of tender scenery and macro shots of fiber. It is written completely in Danish, but I’m determined to translate it to English…I’m a quarter way through my first pattern translation and getting anxious to cast on.

If you’re not familiar with the talents of Helga, you should become acquainted very soon. 🙂