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Yarn Weights

When I get questions about yarn weights, I always feel a bit lost since we don’t group yarns this way. Now I stumbled on to this guide on craftsy.com to determine your yarns. I have tried the method on the yarns from Sirri and Snældan, and here is the result.

WPI is Wraps Per Inch, and as you can see I wrapped the yarn around a pencil.


Sirri 3-ply: 12 WPI = DK (Doubble Knitting)
Sirri 2-ply: 20 WPI = Fingering
Sirri 1-ply: 30 WPI = Lace

Snældan 5-ply: 10 WPI = Worsted
Snældan 3-ply: 17 WPI = Sport
Snældan 2-ply: 22 WPI = Fingering
Snældan 1-ply: 36 WPI = Lace

At least this should make it very clear, that 3-ply Sirri is not the same weight as 3-ply Snældan.

There are of course different terms from country to country, so here is a link to Yarn Weigth Terms to help find the right terms and which needles to use.

Hope this was helpful, and comments are always welcome :)


Finding the Right Colours

Or how I went from this…

Planning the colours

Lavender C9, Coral C18, White 10, Light Blue C7, Purple C10 Light Brown 31

… to this


Aftur Sweater

One of my friends knitted a sweater in lots of Sirri colours, where especially the Light Blue C7 and the Coral C18 looked great together. Since then I have wanted to knit something with those two colours in it. So when I started out with the Icelandic Aftur pattern I thought now I had my chance. I started out with Light Brown and knitted the body and the sleeves. The colours don’t start until you have joined body and sleeves for the yoke.
I started out with my darkest colour, Purple C10, but when I had come as far as in this next photo I didn’t like it, and found it was a big mistake with the Light Brown for main colour. Light Grey would have been so much better.

First try

First try

I mixed the same colours a bit different, and this was the next try.
No, no, even worse!

Second try

Second try

Maybe Dark Blue was better than Purple? And now I was tired of knitting just to unravel again, so remebered this clever method to try out colours.

Light Brown 31, Dark Blue C2, Lavender C9, Coral C18, Light Blue C7, White 10

Light Brown 31, Dark Blue C2, Lavender C9, Coral C18, Light Blue C7, White 10

This is what I ended up with: Light Brown, Dark Brown, Purple C10, Lavender C9 and White. So only 5 different colours since I switched one of the colours in the yoke with my main colour Light Brown.

5 colours

Dark Brown 32, Light Brown 31, Lavender C9, White 10, Purple C10

Finished sweater is a bit lose but very nice in the thin 2-ply Sirri.
I had 15 sts for 10 cm when I knitted in the round, the pattern requires 18 sts, so I had to do a bit of math to adjust the pattern. I started out with 150 stitches instead of 180, very easy math this time ;-).
And 34 sts for the sleeve.

My Aftur Sweater

My Aftur Sweater


Walking and Walking

I am a member of a Facebook group where we challenge our selves to walk or run a certain number of kilometres every months. We are from all over the world, so we also post photos from our daily walks around our home places. Here are a handful of mine taken in Tórshavn.

Midnight bonfire in June in Sandagerði, the small beach in Tórshavn.

Also taken late in the evening. The small cottage in mid Tórshavn where the author and artist William Heinesen did his works.


The Danish training ship Georg Stage at harbour in Tórshavn on a very misty day.


On the same day I met this ram in the fog.


Very close to where I live in the old part of Tórshavn. It is tradition to paint your front door in a vivid colour.


Walking past Mest Shipyard, where the contrast between the big trawler Jupiter on the left in the photo and the very small boat on the right, was striking.



Summer is Here

May was very cold, but now it feels like summer is finally here. I have been on a few trips and sheep are always funny. When they are shedding they look hilarious.


You find their wool all over the place.

It is hard to see where one lamb ends and the next begins.
Spot the lambs

This is from a hike where we had a great view over Skálafjørður.

The first km took us almost an hour, but from there on the rest was easy.

Sailing between islands. Passing the old smack called Westward Ho.

Passing Westward Ho

Just caught this tourist in her new hat with lambs all around it. We are on Koltur looking at the island Hestoy.
Hat with lambs

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 henhouse on Koltur

My Mathematix Shawl

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


Gandálvur the cat likes it, too.

Shawl in Progress

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.

mathematix shawl

Not much room left on the needle here.

mathematix shawl

Older post about my Mathematix Shawl project.

New Knitting Project

I have a whole week off work so I am now trying out the Mathematix Shawl.

This was the easy part, the eyelet pattern.
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.
mathematix shawl

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.
my little helper

Two Magical Hours in Tórshavn

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.
9.13 am


The ferry Norrøna is in the harbour in the background.
9.23 am

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.

The sun is returning and the clouds have parted
9.57 am

10.07 am

Skansin was a good choice. Seems to bee cloudy in the background.

And then I just love this video of how chickens react to the eclipse.





Not Much Snow in Tórshavn

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.


Really nice to get out of town and get some light.