EINRÚM L+4 is a unique pairing of Léttlopi by Ístex (100% new wool, Aran weight) twined together in the opposite direction with 4 threads (L+4) of Thai silk resulting in a soft, airy yarn which is as light as unspun Icelandic wool and as strong as the silk, but still the same weight as Léttlopi.
Icelandic wool is made of two parts;
- upper layer “tog“ - these threads are coarse and water repellent
- lower layer “þel“ - threads are warm, soft and insulating
When a garment made from Icelandic wool has reached the same temperature as the skin of the person wearing it, the wool stops tickling the skin and keeps an even temperature.
Silk is one of nature‘s strongest threads and is known for its softness and a special shimmer (caused by light reflecting from the prism formed fibres of the silk). Silk is naturally absorbent and wicks moisture away from the body. Garments made of silk keep an even temperature on the body, both in cold and warm climate.
When these two natural threads, wool and silk are twined together their positive qualities are joined to keep the body warm and dry and the resulting yarn is stronger and softer than yarn that is made solely from Icelandic wool. The yarn is light and airy with an even texture.
With colours named after the rocks, minerals and crystals of Iceland, this yarn has a sophisticated shimmer which makes the colours deep and pure. It's really very beautiful!
Check out the einrúm knitting patterns which illustrate the unique qualities and texture of this incredible yarn.
The Icelandic word “einrúm” to us signifies privacy for creation – a space that opens up in the mind of a creative person, a space that opens up between the individual who creates and the thing that is created.
einrúm is a product of history and memories: a product of two different worlds, two different threads. The einrúm yarn is spun from Icelandic wool and Thai mulberry silk. I wanted to show the unique characteristics of the Icelandic wool give it a good boost and modernise it. Thai women in rural areas produce silk in their backyards for their own use and as extra income for the family. The two very different threads, wool and silk, are both natural products and both have insulating qualities.
Since I learned to knit I have been fascinated by the fact that you can „produce“ your garment yourself and at the same time enjoy every minute of the time that it takes to knit and subsequently wear and enjoy the garment for a long time. It is fascinating to choose the project and the material, tackle the task of transferring an idea, which is on a printed knitting pattern, to a real thing made from the thread, find a peace of mind in the rhythm of hundreds of stitches forming the garment, take pleasure in having finished the project and having made a garment that you can proudly use or give to someone special.
This is the essence of einrúm design. These are patterns of simple, beautiful and modern garments where craftsmanship, pleasure and challenge are a part of the creating process which we hope you enjoy with us.