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Finally Finished

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.

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Yarn: 3 ply snældan in the natural grey colours 2,3,4,5 and 9.
Circular needles 2.5 mm and 3 mm
Gauge: 10 cm = 25 sts.
Finished size: 13 x 20 cm.
Abbreviations: knit = K, purl = P, stitches = sts, decrease = DEC.

Using Colour 5 cast on 64 sts on circular needle size 3 mm and join in the round to work circular.
Knit in rounds according to the chart.
When the chart is finished, change to circular needle size 2.5 mm and work 6 rounds of rib K1 P1. On the first round DEC evenly to 60 sts.
Cast off (K over K and P over P).
Sew in ends and turning the wrong side out sew up the bottom.

 

and continue to work in rounds on circular needles

In Stock

All the natural colours of Snældan 2-ply, 3-ply and 5-ply are now in stock.
1-ply Snældan is available in White.

There are 8 natural colours:
(1) White.
(2) Silver Gray.
(3) Light Gray.
(4) Gray.
(5) Dark Gray.
(6) Light Brown.
(7) Dark Brown.
(9) Charcoal.

All the Colours of yarn

It’s somewhat embarrassing. For unknown reasons, the photos of yarn are giving me a hard time here on the homepage.  Although they are here, most of them refuse to show.

Sorry about this. I have a lot of photos of yarn on my Flickr page, so please, take a look there.

Follow this link to a set on Flickr with Sirri Yarn

 

Follow this link to a set on Flickr with Snældan Yarn

 

 

 

What is on our needles?

What is on our needles right now, someone might ask and to answer that question I have gathered the projects we are working on right now.

My daughter saw a Fair Isle scarf from Tommy Hilfiger, and went right ahead and tried knitting her own version. This is what it looks like so far.

All the colours are from Sirri except the yellow one, which is from Snældan.

She’s not using the light brown yarn. It was just lying there in the basket.

Here is one of my own projects. A top in 1-ply Snældan. I thought it would be extremely warm, but it actually doesn’t feel that different from a cotton top.
I have tried it on, but I still think it needs a border around the armholes and neck, so I am currently awaiting a brilliant idea for a border to hit me.

The ribbing is twisting slightly. It often does that when you knit in 1-ply.

The last project will probably take some time to finish. It’s a bedspread in Granny Squares. I love Granny squares. You can start them, put them away, forget about them, and then find them again and continue where you left off.

My Granny Squares are crocheted using Sirri 2-ply colour and white. My plan right now is to make half of the squares white in the centre with two coloured rounds, and the other half coloured in the centre and with two white rounds. I might change my mind later, though.

Cruise to the Faroe Islands

Hello all of you nice people who are going to visit Tórshavn this summer.

I get  e-mails from people wanting advice on what to see in Tórshavn when they arrive. Especially they want to know, where to visit if you are interested in knitting and want to buy yarn or wool.

In Tórshavn there are a few shops, you must see. All of them are in the town centre, and they are:

Sirri, Áarvegur 12, close to the harbour, Sirri yarn and Sirri’s own designs.

Guðrun & Guðrun, Niels Finsens gøta 13, the famous Faroese designers. Their shop is located in the pedestrian zone .

Snældan, Niels Finsens gøta 25, Snældan yarn and Snældan’s own designs.

TINAMIK, Niels Finsens gøta 35,  is the shop of the Faroese Handcraft Association. You will find both traditional and modern knitted items.

Navia, a brand new shop in the shopping center SMS.

If you want to know more, you can also contact the Tourist Information in Tórshavn

The cruise ship in the photo is Marina with the old catholic church in the front.