Inspiring tradition…

Back towards the end of last year we took delivery of a new yarn that had travelled all the way from the Faroe Islands…

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Surely one of the most remote groups of islands in our oceans, the Faroes are situated roughly half way between Shetland and Iceland. That’s remote! As well as some pretty hardy people, the islands are also home to *lots* of sheep… and being situated where they are, they’re pretty remarkable sheep that produce pretty remarkable fleece! Navia Traditionย is inspired by the heritage yarns used to knit traditional fisherman’s jumper and Ganseys but has been updated to make it harder-wearing yet softer to the touch. Blended with Shetland and English lambswool, it immediately inspired me to make something that would showcase its special qualities…

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A simple slip-stitch cowl using two shades of yarn and available as a free download via Ravelry, the Two Tone Cowl pattern by Annie Claire, was a really quick knit! Just as well, as the weather has been pretty wintery ever since I finished this just afterย the new year!

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I chose the dark bottle green and the natural ‘white’ to compliment my favourite tweed coat and I’ve worn it almost constantly…

The yarn blooms and softens beautifully when washed gently in cool water and it is super warm! Although first appearances might lead you to believe that this is a worsted or aran weight yarn, it knits to a bulky gauge beautifully for warm yet light garments – or you can knit at a tighter gauge (as I did here) to create a dense fabric that keeps every last whistle of the chilly East Anglian wind at bay…

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Perfect for long, cold walks with the pooch… and I’m now inspired to cast on a sweater that I think will be the perfect gardening/dog walking top layer for what is sure to be a changeable spring around these parts!

I’ll make sure to keep you ‘in the loop’ ๐Ÿ˜‰

You can see the full pattern/yarn details here on my Ravelry project page.

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