Adventures in Driving

I want to start by saying that Mary is a VERY GOOD DRIVER but I think today tested both of us a little.

Getting gas before we started out seemed like a good idea. Not too hard. Note the price. Looks scary until you realize there are about 6.5 DKK (Danish kroner) to the dollar.

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Our goal today is to find the Snaedan spinning mill in Strendur which is near the southern tip of the island of Eysturoy. We are based in Torshavn which is near the southern tip of the island of Streymoy. The islands only connect in one place, a bridge you may be able to see about midway up Eysturoy.

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Of course, we got to see a lot of sheep along the way.

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The mill is difficult to find. We overshot the tip of the island and were headed north up,the western side. Turned around and headed back. Finally found a small street that took us down near the harbour. We looked around but didn’t see anything. We asked a fisherman and he headed us in the right direction. At least we knew we were close. We parked to look around and spotted someone else pulling in and hoped they might know where the mill was. Even better luck – it was Maja, daughter-in-law of the mill owner and she worked there! And in we go!

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The wool there is either all Faroese or all wool from the Falklands. It is scoured (washed) and dyed outside of the Faroes and then brought here. This wool goes through a picker

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Then into a very long carder. I could not even get it all into one photo but here are a couple shots.

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Maja shows us a handful of scraps of what it looks like coming out at the end.

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Here are the spinners – 128 bobbins! And then ladies are getting it into skeins.

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The sweaters you will see in a minute are knit here and then Maja shows us how they have to attach the sweater body to the sleeves using this machine.

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We went into the shop to look at all the beautiful things Snaeldan makes.

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We thanked Maja and were on our way, having decided to explore the northern tip of both Eysturoy and Streymoy. At the tip of Eysturoy on one side is Gjogv – beautiful scenery – and on the other is an area north of Eidi with an interesting story.

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The scenery was breath-taking, almost literally on these narrow, winding roads.

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When we reached the area north of Eidi, we were looking for two rocks we had heard about. Here is the story from the guidebook:

“According to legend, these are the remains of a giant and giantess who had come to the Faroes to tow them north to Iceland. However, things didn’t go quite as smoothly as they had hoped and when the female giant climbed up nearby Eidiskollur mountain to attach a rope, the mountain cracked (the crack is visible today), delaying matters, which finally came to an end when daylight turned the two giants into stone.”

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It was a fantastic day – wool, sheep, and beautiful scenery. What could be better?!

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  1. And, you have the lovely Mary with you to share all these great adventures. Thank you both for sharing this trip with the less fortunate!
    The fiber group here is really enjoying your blogs.

    Linda

  2. Looks like a great day! How much would a sweater from the mill cost? They are beautiful.

  3. We’ve shown the pictures of Faroe sheep to Rhubarb and Primrose, as they are clearly distant relations! BTW Primrose is better now, running and skipping about. Prefers Denise to feed her, not me.

    • So glad to hear Primrose is better – i hated to ask after Thursday…..

  4. Great pictures of landscape. Similar to the most severe of landscapes in Outer Hebrides. Amazing what lovely things come out of fairly chaotic looking spinning mill!


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