The perfect Spring gift?

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Socks-portraitThese lovely Noomi slippers are inspired by the versatile Faroese skóleistur — short, knitted, slipper like wool socks that were traditionally worn in Faroese homes and pulled on over the top of boots or shoes to prevent slipping on wet ground, ice and snow.

Traditionally these skóleistur would have been double thick so as to be extra insulating, and this is how I originally designed the Noomi Slippers for Northern Knits Gifts.

However, this particular pair does not have the extra lining, so they are lighter and ideal for warmer weather  — and of course, you will need less yarn (only 100gms/250m).

They are quickly knitted in the superb 2 ply Sirri (Light DK or Sport weight), using dpn’s and the little bird motif (adapted from Knitting Motifs) is made with tiny amounts of coloured yarn using duplicate stitch.

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Oluffa!

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The April issue of Knit Today is celebrating the arrival of Spring with a special bird themed feature.
Put a bird on it!’ features various bird inspired hand knitting patterns including the Oluffa Doorstop from Northern Knits Gifts.
Oluffa is knitted in the beautiful 2ply Sirri — a pure Faroese wool yarn which is now easily available to buy here in the UK from The Island Wool Company.
I have written about this very special yarn before here

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Folk Finds

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More research, more folk finds… the pictures are of a man’s Sunday dress shirt with stylized floral designs and crocheted lace, and the mask is ‘Bloody Perchta’ made of painted paper and linen.

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Spring?

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Spring must be just around the corner as I was able to pick these flowers today — snowdrops and hellebores.

Meanwhile though, the south coast is still being battered by winter storms — this photo of the Cove Inn on Portland in Dorset was in Friday’s Guardian…

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Ganseys

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Dutch Traditional Ganseys: Sweaters From 40 Villages by Stella Ruhe (published by Forte), is a wonderful book. It not only contains 60 knitting patterns but is also full of  vintage photos of Dutch fisher folk wearing and knitting Ganseys — there is  plenty of Gansey history to read up on and some of the stitch patterns and detailing are just lovely.

I was lucky enough to be sent a copy from here (thank you Miriam!), but you can also buy it from here.

I really like traditional Dutch costume and have quite a few of these old postcards…

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