Here in March I am attending evening classes in how to sew the traditional waistcoat for men. This one is for my son. His grandmother embroidered the fabric, and this is what it looks like, when it’s ready. From this piece I will cut the two fronts, the collar and the pockets.
Phew, so far so good.
The pattern for this sweater is from the book Knitting with Icelandic Wool. It is called Æði.
Instead of the yarn in the pattern, I use Sirri 3-ply Blue C16, White and Light Gray.
I am knitting size XS on needles 8 mm, since it has 109 stitches, and I know this should fit me (Size M) in Sirri yarn. And then size L for the length of sleeves and body.
Finally finished my Christmas troll. Does this only exist in the Faroe Islands? Your Christmas troll or “jólatrøll” is the knitting project you were supposed to have finished in time for Christmas, but didn’t. It is said that in the older days your Christmas trolls were hung over the fireplace, so everybody could see your shame – hopefully just for fun.
Well here is my Christmas troll. It is a very traditional man’s jumper with a zipper instead of the usual buttons on the left shoulder. I blame the zipper for this becoming a Christmas troll. But now it’s finished and if you think it looks a bit big, it’s because I’m wearing it.
This is actually the jumper I wrote about in a former post. I steeked it using the crochet method. It went absolutely fine, but I think it got a bit too lumpy where i sewed in the sleeves. When I knitted the sleeves I ended with a few rounds of purl. I used this to fold over the edge to make a better finish on the wrong side, but maybe it wasn’t necessary.
Sorry about the quality of the photo, it was taken with my PC.
I used 3-ply snældan grey colour 4 and needles size 5 mm.
Following many days of storm and rain we finally had some light. This is close to 3 pm, so the sun is about to set and it is snowing over the ocean.
We were not the only ones in the mountains today.
Hare tracks I think?
I am going to steek a jumper using the chrochet method. If it’s a total disaster you will probably not hear more of it.
This video shows the method I am going to use: Free Video Tip: Steeking with Ragga Eiríksdóttir
My first try… a little test before I start to cut and chrochet in the actual jumper.
Ready to cut.
And it worked. Pretty amazing :)
Next step is to chrochet and cut in this jumper. Nerve wrecking.
If you like Icelandic knitting and the patterns from Istex, this is the book to write on your Christmas wish list: Knitting with Icelandic wool. – Istex, 2011
It has both the history of Icelandic knitting and 65 amazing patterns.
Same book in Danish: Islandsk strik. – Turbine, 2013
My colleague took this photo from her balcony.
She lives in Sandavágur and it’s not always easy to keep the sheep out of your garden.
Photo by Sólbrún Eklund Jensen.
I have been to Sirri’s fashion show, and I think my favourite is the black see through dress.
Hiking from Tórshavn to Kirkjubøur.
The small island is Koltur
This is pretty amazing. 4 Hours of knitting on Norwegian television. If you don’t understand Norwegian? Never mind, enjoy all the selbu mittens, Guri the sheep, knitting for a motorcycle, new Norwegian design and much more.