The gansey I have knitted for the exhibition in Norway is now dry and ready for off.
It is in North Ronaldsay aran weight yarn, grown and spun on the island. The patterns are ones common to Orkney, a couple of which I have not seen anywhere else, and it uses both knit/purl patterns and stranded knitting.
The style is that of a typical Orkney gansey. It has a zipped neck and is knitted in pieces. The shoulder straps are knitted on to the fronts, so the grafting is on the back of the shoulders in the plain area.
The big stars are similar to those seen in Shetland and Scandinavia – they are often seen in Orkney too. The design at the hem, knitted both in colourwork and in knit/purl, is one found in Orkney. It, like the 3 stitch spacer between the purl diamonds and the coloured stars, is found here in both versions.
Now I have to get it to Norway. I was intending to send it by post, but Karin says it takes 10 to 14 days to get there. I was reckoning about the same as to the States, but it is quite a bit longer!
Hopefully it will arrive in time for the first outing. If not, it will be there for the rest!