Knitting in the Fareo Islands

Last summer I visited the Fareo Islands, a retreat from the intense heat of our British summer and also to learn more about knitting. It was also a leap into the unknown as I have never been on holiday on my own or a tour.

Last summer I visited the Fareo Islands, a retreat from the intense heat of our British summer and also to learn more about knitting. It was also a leap into the unknown as I have never been on holiday on my own or a tour.

We spent 7 days in the old town of  Torshavn , the capital of the Faroe Islands. Large natural harbour and beautiful old houses with their turf rooves. The knitting classes were tutored by the brilliant and very lovely  Katrina i Geil , a Faroese knitwear designer who is collecting the traditional Faroese patterns before they disappear.

We spent 7 days in the old town of Torshavn, the capital of the Faroe Islands. Large natural harbour and beautiful old houses with their turf rooves. The knitting classes were tutored by the brilliant and very lovely Katrina i Geil, a Faroese knitwear designer who is collecting the traditional Faroese patterns before they disappear.

Knitting was a huge part of the islands income and a way of keeping warm in such an extreme climate. Knitting in the round with several yarns building up the pattern gave the knits warmth – as the yarn is 2 ply. I have been discovering how slow 2 ply can be! The way sheep and farming works on the islands is so different from here at home, there many family’s have sheep and its mostly very small family holdings that keep going and the yarn is also spun and sorted off the islands.

Knitting was a huge part of the islands income and a way of keeping warm in such an extreme climate. Knitting in the round with several yarns building up the pattern gave the knits warmth – as the yarn is 2 ply. I have been discovering how slow 2 ply can be! The way sheep and farming works on the islands is so different from here at home, there many family’s have sheep and its mostly very small family holdings that keep going and the yarn is also spun and sorted off the islands.

Food on the islands is expensive and we never got to try the dried fish delicacy although we did eat some amazing seafood. If you are going to Torhaven book a table at  Barbara’s  ahead of time – we had to wait a week for a table and it was the best! Never eaten such delicious fresh seafood, 5 of us ordered 3 starters each and got to try a little of everything. Rhubarb is also grown on the island and we had delicious rhubarb jam for breakfast – did want to bring some home but with only hand luggage was concerned it may come under liquids. So if you know of anywhere I can source it do say!

Food on the islands is expensive and we never got to try the dried fish delicacy although we did eat some amazing seafood. If you are going to Torhaven book a table at Barbara’s ahead of time – we had to wait a week for a table and it was the best! Never eaten such delicious fresh seafood, 5 of us ordered 3 starters each and got to try a little of everything. Rhubarb is also grown on the island and we had delicious rhubarb jam for breakfast – did want to bring some home but with only hand luggage was concerned it may come under liquids. So if you know of anywhere I can source it do say!

Even if you think you don’t know anything about the Faroe Islands you’ll probably know the jumper above, knitted on the islands by  Gudren & Gudren . The knits are super warm and I did buy mittens as my hands got so cold on some of our excursions. Ravelry has some wondeful Fareose patterns and once I am finished knitting my second Fareose fisherman’s hats will start a jumper for winter. I’m a slow knitter – not as in slow fashion just ………..slow. There were 2 book I bought on the islands and only 1 is translated into English,  Faroe Island Knits  by Svanhild Strom & Marjun Biskopsto. The other is a chart of traditional Faroese patterns and I thought would also translate into amazing quilt designs.

Even if you think you don’t know anything about the Faroe Islands you’ll probably know the jumper above, knitted on the islands by Gudren & Gudren. The knits are super warm and I did buy mittens as my hands got so cold on some of our excursions. Ravelry has some wondeful Fareose patterns and once I am finished knitting my second Fareose fisherman’s hats will start a jumper for winter. I’m a slow knitter – not as in slow fashion just ………..slow. There were 2 book I bought on the islands and only 1 is translated into English, Faroe Island Knits by Svanhild Strom & Marjun Biskopsto. The other is a chart of traditional Faroese patterns and I thought would also translate into amazing quilt designs.

We pestered our bus driver to take us to see the  Mulafossur Waterfall  on the island of Vagar, so on our last day on route to the airport in extreme cold and fog we visited and wow it did not disappoint! If you’re looking for a holiday with a difference, love walking, knitting and exploring – the Faroe Islands will not disapoint!

We pestered our bus driver to take us to see the Mulafossur Waterfall on the island of Vagar, so on our last day on route to the airport in extreme cold and fog we visited and wow it did not disappoint! If you’re looking for a holiday with a difference, love walking, knitting and exploring – the Faroe Islands will not disapoint!

#plasticfreejuly

As promised last month I have researched sunscreen and although I didn’t need it for my holiday, goodness on my return home the heat was such a shock.  So far I have covered up while out and about, although have spend quite a few hours trying to track down sun protection on my local high street.  Plastic free is very hard to find on the high Street and seems to be an online only product, will keep looking!  Etsy as usual came up trumps and I found one made here in England.     HappyNaturalsEtsy    has a SPF 30 – 40 and comes packaged in aluminium screw top pot. Made to order.   Raw Love  is a brand from the USA, it’s a zinc oxide (non nano) broad spectrum with a SPF35.   Cocoalohasurf   all natural & waterproof facial broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen SPF 45, that comes in untinted and 2 other shades.   Shade , all natural sunscreen,  broad spectrum UVA and UVB.  Again it contains non-nano zinc oxide.   Suntribe natural sports & face sunscreen , with an SPF 30 with broad spectrum UVA/UVB.  It is water-resistant, reef safe and contains the least ingredients of any of the products I’ve found – only organic beeswax, coconut oil and non-nano zinc oxide.   Kiehl’s  would also be an alternative, not plastic free – but you can take the bottle/tube back to Kiehl’s to recycle.   

As promised last month I have researched sunscreen and although I didn’t need it for my holiday, goodness on my return home the heat was such a shock.  So far I have covered up while out and about, although have spend quite a few hours trying to track down sun protection on my local high street.  Plastic free is very hard to find on the high Street and seems to be an online only product, will keep looking!  Etsy as usual came up trumps and I found one made here in England.  HappyNaturalsEtsy has a SPF 30 – 40 and comes packaged in aluminium screw top pot. Made to order.  Raw Love is a brand from the USA, it’s a zinc oxide (non nano) broad spectrum with a SPF35.  Cocoalohasurf  all natural & waterproof facial broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen SPF 45, that comes in untinted and 2 other shades.  Shade, all natural sunscreen,  broad spectrum UVA and UVB.  Again it contains non-nano zinc oxide.  Suntribe natural sports & face sunscreen, with an SPF 30 with broad spectrum UVA/UVB.  It is water-resistant, reef safe and contains the least ingredients of any of the products I’ve found – only organic beeswax, coconut oil and non-nano zinc oxide.  Kiehl’s would also be an alternative, not plastic free – but you can take the bottle/tube back to Kiehl’s to recycle.

 

This month I have finally managed to get plastic free  toothpaste ,  mouthwash  & a new type of bamboo toothbrush that is 100% biodegradable.  All found at  The Source Bulk Foods in Chiswick , although you can also find the toothpaste and mouthwash on  Etsy .  The charcoal toothpaste is good and a thousand times better than the first powdered charcole powder I tried, apparently not as popular as the mint and the mouthwash is great, pop a tablet in half a glass of water and hey presto – mouthwash.  Very easy to travel with.  I was chatting to the manager of  Kiehl’s  in  House of Fraser  in Victoria and she told me that they take returns of old packaging to be recycled and very soon will be launching their products in recycled plastic.  It’s a great recycling scheme, would be brilliant if more companies did this and as  Kiehl’s  is owned by  L’Oréal  maybe something all  L’Oréal  brands could be doing.  My search for a good mascara continues and other plastic free alternatives.  I have found a refilable mascara by  Kjaer Weis  and will do more reaserch into the refils.   This is not a sponcered post and all views are my own.

This month I have finally managed to get plastic free toothpastemouthwash & a new type of bamboo toothbrush that is 100% biodegradable.  All found at The Source Bulk Foods in Chiswick, although you can also find the toothpaste and mouthwash on Etsy.  The charcoal toothpaste is good and a thousand times better than the first powdered charcole powder I tried, apparently not as popular as the mint and the mouthwash is great, pop a tablet in half a glass of water and hey presto – mouthwash.  Very easy to travel with.  I was chatting to the manager of Kiehl’s in House of Fraser in Victoria and she told me that they take returns of old packaging to be recycled and very soon will be launching their products in recycled plastic.  It’s a great recycling scheme, would be brilliant if more companies did this and as Kiehl’s is owned by L’Oréal maybe something all L’Oréal brands could be doing.  My search for a good mascara continues and other plastic free alternatives.  I have found a refilable mascara by Kjaer Weis and will do more reaserch into the refils.

This is not a sponcered post and all views are my own.