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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


Sewing the Traditional Waistcoat

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.

Ready to cut. The fabric has been folded, so the embroidered patterns are placed exactly over one another.

And then you cut. Deeply concentrated.
Marjun in the photo is making a children’s waistcoat size 12-14 years.

Phew, so far so good.

Finished all the cutting, also the lining. On top here is the collar and the pocket.

Next step is to place the pocket, sew it on and cut a hole for it. This is probably the most difficult part of the whole waistcoat. The photo shows front and back after the cut.

Made it :) The pocket isn’t big. It only holds your watch or your keys, but it is a very important part of the waistcoat.

14 days to the next class but I have homework. I will try to get the collar ready.



Seagulls are a part of the Faroese summer. One of my neighbours feed them, and here they are fighting over a piece of bread, which one of them has lost on the roof.
I heard them make a noise outside, and took a photo through the window.