I was working on a pattern last night that called for Spinnerin Touchdown Yarn. Out of curiosity, I slipped over to Google to see what it was. Well, sometimes, these vintage yarns can be quite challenging, which is the case with this one. Google results, other than a couple pattern references, had nothing. That means, not a single skein for sale on Ebay or Etsy, a blog post showing off a stash., nor a single detail page at Ravelry. Nothing. Now, the challenge was on. I headed right over to Newspaper.com.
The yarn was introduced to the market in late 1948.
This 1949 advertisements tells us, it's 100% wool in a variety of colors and white.
This 1950 advertisement advises it's tough, lightly spun and soft and springy to the touch in a range of 36 colors, including tweed.
This 1951 advertisement, doesn't shed any additional information, but it's the closest I could find to an actual picture of the yarn!
And this 1952 advertisement sheds a few more details. 'Fine hard twist, 4-ply virgin wool yarn, Non-shrink, moth-proof.
The Spinnerin Touchdown Yarn stayed active for several years, disappearing from the active market in 1959.
There are a number of vintage patterns out there in internet land that have 'worthy' all over them. I have a several in the shop as well
. Should you decide to knit one, let's suggest as a substitute - a 4-ply, 100% wool fingering or sock yarn that meets the pattern stitch of your particular pattern.
I've set up a Google alert to search for additional information to update this post. Should you have pictures, or know more, please let me know!
Thanks for dropping by, Lorrie