A weekend at Isager's

As you may have seen on Instagram, I just came back from a fabulous weekend in the North: my home country, Denmark. It was a gathering of people that deeply inspire me, along with cake, talks and connection. Can’t really beat that, can you! Feeling so thankful to have met (and met again) these ladies and shared a weekend in their company.

Thank you so much Gesine from Wollwind - who has a wool shop in Berlin - for this picture! I am sitting with Susie Haumann who is a Danish designer, Tiina from Lankakauppa Titityy - a wool shop in Finland, Aimée from La Bien Aimée + L'oisivethé - Parisian wool & tea shop, Sini from Laine Magazine - Finnish wool & nordic lifestyle magazine. Also at the table but not on the photograph: Jonna from Laine Magazine and Helga Isager! Here you can see me (2nd from right) with my Vivi sweater designed by Helga Isager, that I knit Highland "Sand" & Spinni Khaki Grey!

Thank you so much Gesine from Wollwind - who has a wool shop in Berlin - for this picture! I am sitting with Susie Haumann who is a Danish designer, Tiina from Lankakauppa Titityy - a wool shop in Finland, Aimée from La Bien Aimée + L'oisivethé - Parisian wool & tea shop, Sini from Laine Magazine - Finnish wool & nordic lifestyle magazine. Also at the table but not on the photograph: Jonna from Laine Magazine and Helga Isager!

Here you can see me (2nd from right) with my Vivi sweater designed by Helga Isager, that I knit Highland "Sand" & Spinni Khaki Grey!

A few years ago, I visited Isager Yarns at their headquarters in the countryside by the sea, in the very North of Denmark. This year, I was back at the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the brand. Today, Marianne and Helga Isager (mum and daughter) work together in the company and they are famously known for their very special and beautiful knitting patterns and yarn.

Our visit included the new shop, as they have moved into an old farmhouse, and an old school where the offices are and all the yarn stock. There is a café alongside the shop in the farmhouse, where we spent a lot of time wondering what more to buy and choosing the very right colors for our shop and for our next knitting projects.

Helga Isager presented all the models from her latest pattern book The Artisan and told about her inspiration and idea with the collection. It was very exciting to see the sweaters for real and be able to try them on. I am always surprised by Helga Isager's designs, because the sweaters look so small, but they fit just everyone. And I love the small details that make the whole sweater. I fell completely in love with the model Ivory (the cover model) that I have chosen to knit in a dark green color of Spinni! Total crush.

On Saturday night, at the occasion of a gorgeous dinner, Marianne Isager guided us through her beautiful journey as a knit designer. She has published a lot of pattern books with various themes and she is a master of combining colors in her designs. There was a catwalk with so many of her sweaters and it was just fascinating for me to be reminded of the broad spectrum of her designs. Indeed, I have always been a great admirer of her work, all the way back to Denmark when I was around 20 years old, when I started buying her pattern books and knit her designs.

From the very beginning of Biches & Bûches, we have been carrying wool from Isager, some gorgeous qualities that I chose to sell in our web shop and use as part of our designs and knitting kits. All the yarns are natural and of the very best quality, the color range is wide with incredible pastel and earthen colors.

A visit to Isager's is also the perfect occasion for us to discover all the new yarn qualities and colors. And of course, we have brought home a whole lot of new colors in Spinni, Alpaca 1 and 2, Highland, Isager Tweed and Silk Mohair (Caroline will be busy taking photos of all these new beauties!) We are so excited to show you all this!

As you know, Helga Isager recently published the pattern book The Artisan which is inspired by life at the beginning of the last century with gorgeous simple designs! You can find the book in English, German and Danish in our shop. And for our French knitters, Helga Isager's coffee table book with the Danish title Finstrikket, now exists in French with 24 models for woman and kids!

xx Astrid

Jonna from Laine Magazine & Tiina from Lankakauppa Titityy, as we went for a little walk to see the sunset.

Jonna from Laine Magazine & Tiina from Lankakauppa Titityy, as we went for a little walk to see the sunset.