Sailing between islands. Passing the old smack called Westward Ho.
The chickens on Koltur have their own historical henhouse. I don’t know how old this building is, but there have been found remains of a fireplace in Koltur from around year 800. We call this period of the first settlements “landnám”.
The mathematix shawl is finished. This was really a fun and challenging project. It has not been an easy pattern to figure out and write down. Well done, Susan Luni :) The free pattern can be found here on knitty.com
A new gauge for a new project.
Sirri 2-ply on needles 4.5 mm.
18 stitches and 24 rows = 10 x 10 cm.
And here is my work in progress, the Mathematix Shawl. Almost through the 8th and last repeat of the slip stitch pattern. There are one or two mistakes in the edging, but not severe enough for me to unravel it. Actually I am so happy with this pattern that I am planning one more shawl in grey colours – maybe.
The shawl is knitted in 2-ply Snældan and it will be very soft and light when it is finished.
Not much room left on the needle here.
I have a whole week off work so I am now trying out the Mathematix Shawl.
Then there was the transition between section 1 and 2. I had to reknit it a few times before i got it right.
And now I have started on the real challenge, the slip stitch pattern. It doesn’t look that hard, but I have started over for the third time now, counted back and forth and placed markers for every 24 stitches as the designer recommend. I should have done this from the start but thought I was way too clever.
I am using 2-ply Snældan Yarn in light and dark brown natural colours and needles size 4 mm. I think I will shop for a longer circular needle today. Always nice to have an excuse to buy new gear.
And here is my little helper jumping into the photo and stealing my yarn. It is easier to knit when he sleeps.
The total solar eclipse was at 9.42 am, and Skansin in Tórshavn was the perfect place to be. It was cloudy, but the clouds parted just at the right moment when the moon covered the sun. Pure magic.
Here everybody is just hoping for the clouds to part so we can get a clear view of the sun.
I was much to caught up in the experience to get anything useful on my camera during the two minutes of darkness, but I think it was genious of Hamferð to shoot this live music video during the eclipse.
And then I just love this video of how chickens react to the eclipse.
But if you go for a little drive, you will find plenty of snow. We went to see how the weather was in the mountains.
All these people had had the same idea and had brought sleds with them. Now why didn’t we think of that?
The sun is almost coming through the clouds. It is Koltur on the right. If you follow the road further ahead, you get to Noðradalur.
I think it is time you meet the new member of our household. His name is Gandálvur which means magic elf. He is named after Gandalf the Grey in Tolkien’s The Hobbit.
He loves to help me with my knitting, and he adores new wool. He especially likes all the nice yarn balls I have placed in a basket in my livingroom.
Here he is showing his approval of the blue scarf I knitted. I think it looks great on him.
Mix Sirri with Kitten Mohair in this soft blue scarf.
Fisherman’s rib takes a bit longer to knit, but it is worth it.
The finished scarf measures 24X180 cm.
Yarn: 150 gram 2-ply Sirri C16 and 100 gram Kitten Mohair from Sandnes Garn nr 5836.
Needle size: 8 mm
CO 25 sts using both yarns. Knit the first two and the last two sts of every row.
Work in firsherman’s rib for 180 cm. This tutorial shows how I prefere to knit the fisherman’s rib.
Did you know that you can buy Snældan 5-ply in Red, Dark Blue and Pink? The Dark Blue is very dark – almost black. Find them here.