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At Sumburgh with Elizabeth

At Sumburgh with Elizabeth

May 21, 2015

Sumburgh Head's visitor attraction opened in 2014 but I had not had a chance to visit. Some catch up time with my friend, Elizabeth Johnston, was long overdue so we arranged to go together. Our leisurely lunch at Spiggie Hotel meant we did not have much time to enjoy the inside a...

EU VAT - digital knitting patterns

December 30, 2014

KNITTING PATTERNS will not be sold from this site from 1 January 2015. After reading many thousands of words about the EU Value Added Tax regulations (VAT) which come into effect on 1 January 2015 I have decided to withdraw knitting patterns from sale on this website. The task of changing everything...

Fine Shetland Wool

October 1, 2014

Harold Moffat is a neighbour and former work colleague who has built up quite a reputation as a breeder of sheep which produce really fine Shetland Wool. He has won many prizes for fleeces. It is good to know that his grandson, Morgan, also has a keen interest in maintaining a flock of high quality ...

Foula Wool

Foula Wool

August 28, 2014

One of the reasons I wanted to visit Foula over the summer was to meet Magnus Holbourn, the man behind Foula Wool.  I chose to go there on a boat trip from Scalloway which included going around the whole island. From the sea we could see the sheep on the sides of the cliffs, in what appears a v...

Dolphins, Porpoises and a Basking Shark

Dolphins, Porpoises and a Basking Shark

August 28, 2014

Dolphins, porpoises and a basking shark were all seen on Wednesday 27 August as a group travelled from Scalloway for a day trip to Foula on MV Cyfish. We had calm seas, a light wind and an almost cloudless sky - perfect conditions. The last time I travelled this way to Foula the weather was cold and...

Shetland in summer (3) - rowing

August 22, 2014

Shetland has approximately 900 miles of coastline and the sea is never more than about 5 km away so boats and rowing are an integral part of island life.  Rowing races gained popularity over the last 20 years. These photos are from a day of racing where teams and their yoals (rowing boats) gath...

Shetland in summer (2) - peats

August 18, 2014

In the past the people in almost every house in the rural areas of Shetland - and many in Lerwick and the bigger villages too -  kept warm, cooked and got hot water by burning peat which was cut from the hillsides during the spring and summer. Nowadays fewer people 'work' peat so the hill is qu...

Shetland in summer (1) - favourite beach

August 13, 2014

Shetland in the summer brings many photo opportunities but the sunshine means that sitting at the computer to share them has taken a back seat. Over the next weeks I will be looking at the photos I've been taking, and rekindling memories. I grew up by the sea and spent many hours playing on this shi...

Shetland Textile Museum

Shetland Textile Museum

June 27, 2014

Shetland Textile Museum is housed in the Böd of Gremista, on the outskirts of Lerwick. This museum opens over the summer months and attracts visitors from all over the world, as well as Shetlanders. Each year the display in the museum has a different theme and this year it is the knitting being...

Film editing

June 8, 2014

"The Art of Fair Isle knitting with Shetland's Hazel Tindall" - a film which shows me explaining the process, and knitting, of a Fair Isle cardigan - is two steps nearer release.  Elizabeth Johnston is the technical adviser; she has wide experience of instructing in knitting, as well ...

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About Shetland

Shetland

Shetland is the most northerly group of Scottish islands. Apart from mainland Scotland, the other near neighbours are Norway to the east and the Faroe Islands to the north west.