Knitting and Sewing Souvenirs from Iceland and the Faroe Islands

Iceland Souvenirs by thisblogisnotforyou.com

Honestly, after a couple of weeks of vacation and laziness, it’s hard to get back into crafting, photo-editing and blogging mode.

So as not to overwork myself I’ll start by sharing some of my souvenirs from Iceland and the Faroe Islands with you! Apart from two books these were all sewing or knitting related (of course!)

Icelandic and Faroe WoolFirst of all, the wool! You won’t find many craft shops on the Faroe Islands, but when you find one it’s a knitter’s dream! Most people live on sheep farming and as you can imagine, Faroe wool is pretty awesome. I bought a 100g ball of 100% sheep’s wool in a natural colour in a little shop call Igloo, in Torshavn, the capitol of the Faroe Islands.

Awww, these precious 80s & 90s knitting magazines!

80s knitting magazines by thisblogisnotforyou.com

I got a pile of 80s & 90s knitting magazines from Mr Thisblogisnotforyou’s grandma last year and thought I might share some of the gems I found in there with you guys. That time when magazines were named after woman’s names… “Diana”, “Ingrid”, “Constanze” and “Anna”, hehe!

I was actually surprised to find quite a few sweaters that would still (or rather, again) be considered as ‘pretty cool’ today. I would love to wear these:

80s knitting magazines by thisblogisnotforyou.com80s knitting magazines by thisblogisnotforyou.com80s knitting magazines by thisblogisnotforyou.com80s knitting magazines by thisblogisnotforyou.comThis little number is also quite cute. Love the white sweater dress and the blazer. Not quite so sure about the shoulder pads and matching hat, though.80s knitting magazines by thisblogisnotforyou.com

FREE Knitting Pattern: Slouchy Beanie

Free knitting pattern: Slouchy Beanie by thisblogisnotforyou.comHello my lovely readers!

I’ve got a little treat for you! Well, at least for the knitters amongst you!

As promised, I took the time to make a PDF pattern with instructions for knitting the slouchy beanie with the pretty lace and cable pattern I’ve knitted 4 times already. You can see some examples here and here.

Free knitting pattern: Slouchy Beanie by thisblogisnotforyou.comhandmade knitted beanie by thisblogisnotforyou.com

The pattern is fairly easy in my opinion. I only started knitting last year and knitting a beanie isn’t hard at all once you’ve got the hang of knitting with circular needles.

Free knitting pattern: Slouchy Beanie by thisblogisnotforyou.com

Beanie, mittens and scarf: lace and cable pattern

knitted beanie, mittens and scarf by thisblogisnotforyou.com

Hi everyone! Hope your all having a wonderful Christmas season.

As you can see in the pics it’s way too warm and sunny for December here in the UK and Germany. Well, I won’t complain. I’m pretty sure it will get very cold soon enough.

Anyway, expecting somewhat colder weather I was busy knitting myself a new scarf, mittens and a beanie on time for Christmas season. I actually finished this a month ago, but didn’t have time to take decent pictures. Well, here they are!

knitted beanie, mittens and scarf by thisblogisnotforyou.com

Pretty in pink: handmade owl mittens and a beanie

handmade knitted owl mittens by thisblogisnotforyou.comHi everyone! Yes – I’m still alive (and making handmade stuff)!

I was busy working and helping to prepare my brother’s wedding. My sewing machine is covered in dust and my to-sew-list keeps growing relentlessly. But while babysitting a few times a week I still get to knit quite a lot.
I’ve made two beanies, two pairs of mittens and a scarf so far. Working on socks and a third beanie at the moment. Enough wool to get started on a couch blanket is on its way 🙂