I am home again from my mini holiday in Wales with good friends.
It was a hiking trip, and we had a lovely hike in the area of the Waterfall Park.
We stayed in the Clyngwyn Bunkhouse in Pontneddfechan, which was perfect as a base for our walks.
Autumn was just starting, so the colours where changing. Our second day was very wet, so my hiking boots were still a bit damp, when I got home. I better polish them with some leather fat before my next rainy hike.
For the next week I am on holiday. Any orders sent to Faroe Knitting during this period will be processed the first week of October.
It was published in 2016, is available in three language versions: Faroese, Danish and Norwegian, and all the photos are taken in the Faroese nature.
Danish: Færøsk strikkebog.
Norwegian: Færøysk strikkebok
One of my plans for future projects is to dye my own yarn. I have never tried it before, but I know you can dye with lichen, so when I saw this stone I couldn’t help wondering which colour the yarn would get, if you used the lichen for dye.
Has anyone tried to dye with lichen? Which colour did you get? Is it very tricky? Please let me know :)
I suspect it is much easier to dye with plants, but one thing is for sure: It is very practical that the yarns from Snældan and Sirri are in hanks if you want to experiment with dyeing.
This is the area where i found the stones in the northern end of the island Nólsoy.
This is what Nólsoy looked like from Tórshavn this morning, when the sun was rising.
I have bought a house in Nólsoy, so very soon Faroe Knitting will move to this very special place.
If you are following me on instagram and have been wondering, why I am in Nólsoy most of the time, this is why :)
One more from Nólsoy a summerday in July.
Many of my knitting friends always wash their yarn before knitting, to make sure the finished object will not change in shape after knitting it.
Yesterday I placed 4 hanks in a mesh bag, the one I usually use for my bras, and popped it in the washing machine on the wool programme using a special soap for wool. Don’t use your ordinary detergent with enzymes, as the wool will get ruined.
Here they are, 4 hanks of dark grey Snældan Skipstroyggjutógv, almost dry. I will not wind them into balls until I am sure they are totally dry.
We spent the day on Mykines, the best island for puffin watching.
Not far from Mykines village, you meet the first puffins.
View of the village.
And here comes the fun part. It’s pretty steep, so don’t go if you are afraid of hights.
All the holes are puffin’s nests, and the puffins are everywhere. It’s called Lundaland, which I would translate to Puffin Land, but the dictionary says: Lundaland: [(steep) grass-grown area facing the sea which puffins inhabit; nesting site].
To get to Mykineshólmur where the lighthouse (our goal) is situated, you have to cross the Atlantic Bridge.
And we have reached the lighthouse.
Resting. Notice the puffins :-)
Back in the village, there is plenty of time before the boat comes back, so here is a view from the other side.
And more puffins, just because they are adorable.
The Knitting Festival took place in Fuglafjørður and, as you can see, it was very snowy and cold.
Faroese boats from the Boat Museum in Fuglafjørður.
I attended a workshop where we cut our own t-shirt yarn and knitted lampshades.
No pattern, you just stretch it well and start over if it’s too big or too small.
Home again I am trying to finish the lampshade. Gandalf seems to think it’s for him.
And here is the finished result. I can’t wait to see it with light inside.
Photos from today’s hike from Vestmanna to Kvívík.
Sun, snow and calm, what more can you ask for?
Hare tracks in the snow.
This hike was arranged by The Hiking Association in Tórshavn, where I am a member.
Every other Sunday in the winter months, and every Sunday in the summer, they arrange tours around the islands.
And now I feel tired and happy.
Maybe I should knit something.
215 Shawl Designs by Olivia Joensen was sold out for years, but now it’s back!
It has written instructions for the Faroese shawl in three languages: Faroese, English and Danish. Also instructions for how to line the shawl, and a fine schematic drawing of the shawl.
As the title says there are 215 charts for different borders.
Buy the shawl book from the old bookstore in Tórshavn here.
Føroysk bindingarmynstur. This is a collection of more than one hundred traditional Faroese knitting charts.
The first edition of this book was published in 1932. I have the 4th edition from 2008, and you can still buy it from the old bookstore in Tórshavn here.
If you have missed Snældan number 3 Grey in 3 ply and 5 ply or number 6 Light Brown in 2 ply, they are back in stock now.