Meet Navia Uno, one of the newest yarns here at our shop.
Navia is a family-run yarn company from the Faroe Islands, specializing in traditional Faroese wool. Their yarns are now distributed in the US by our friends at Kelbourne Woolens, who traveled to the Faroe Islands earlier in the year and wrote a bit about it on their blog. They also published an interview with Óli Kristian á Torkilsheyggi, the owner of Navia, which gives more insight into the history of Faroese knitting and Navia yarns in particular.
Uno is one of the finest Navia yarns, a lofty lace weight blend of Faroese, Shetland, and Australian lambswool. Its 2ply structure gives the yarn a somewhat rustic appearance, a bit of texture that lends character to knitted fabric without detracting from lace or texture patterns.
What to knit with Navia Uno? This yarn would be right for many patterns calling for lace weight yarn, and we’ve collected a bundle on our “Lace weight” Pinterest board. I searched Ravelry for patterns that call for Navia Uno and projects that use this yarn, and found a few leads:
- “Deepdale,” by Gudrun Johnston, a striped triangular shawl
- “Woodcut,” by Karie Westermann, a garter and lace shawl
- “Skjól,” by Berglind Inga Guðmundsdóttir, a lace cowl
- “Baby Fiddlehead Pullover,” by Courtney Kelley, a textured baby sweater
Searching more broadly for Faroese shawls brought more possibilities to light. Faroese shawls are known for their distinctive shoulder shaping, which helps keep the shawl in place.
- “Faroese Shawls – Icelandic Laceweight Version,” by Elizabeth Zimmermann
- “Hydrangea Shawl,” by Courtney Kelley
- “Desert Peach,” by Romi Hill
- Anne Hanson has designed quite a few – check out “Ice Fantasia Shawl,” “Irtfa’a Faroese Lace Shawl,” “Lacewing,” and “Maplewing”
Look for Navia Uno in the lace weight section here at our shop!