Hunting for the perfect mustard yellow to use in my Solja sweater led to my discovery of Faroese yarn. My friend Tom van Dijnen (aka Tom of Holland) suggested I look at Navia. I got in contact with Fiona for shade cards. One chat led to another and the design ideas started flowing. It’s hard to not get along with Fiona.
I’m a colour lover, so all the punchy colours really hit the spot. I also adore natural greys and Snaeldan has 5 of them! When it comes to grey, no dyeing can compare to the depth of colour and subtlety achieved by blending undyed fleece.
The fact that Faroese yarns generally come in 4 different weights across all the colours is really inspiring. I can combine them to make my own weights and marls. If I am designing a pattern that works in a solid 5-ply, it can be made with a combo of 2-ply and 3-ply for a marled effect without altering the tension. The same goes for combining 1-ply and 2-ply to match 3-ply. It opens up all sorts of possibilities for more adventurous stranded knitting.