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Blocking hats, gloves and socks

Blocking hats, gloves and socks

January 22, 2014

I am often surprised - and delighted - by what I notice in the recycling centre near where I live. I had to go home for my camera the day I found several hat, glove and mitten boards for sale. I really did not need any more but a hat board and mitten boards found their ...

Helping with sheep

Helping with sheep

January 20, 2014

After a prolonged spell of really windy and rainy weather it has been good to look back at photos taken earlier this month, to remember how good Shetland can look in the winter. My sister, Alice, works the croft where we grew up and one calm day at the beginning of January she asked to hel...

Jumper boards

Jumper boards

January 5, 2014

Shetlanders 'dress' or 'board' knitting once it's finished but outside of Shetland the word 'block' is more commonly used. To dress jumpers (sweaters), jumper boards have been used in Shetland for many years. My mother, who was a child in the 1920s, said there always seemed to be a ju...

The last days of 2013

The last days of 2013

December 31, 2013

2013 is nearly over and my resolution for 2014 is to blog again. Over the past months the motivation to write blogs vanished. I have however thought about it and taken a lot of photos which will be shared here over time. I'm starting with some photos of Shetland's winter landscape which is surp...

Skeld show: flowers, fruit and vegetables

Skeld show: flowers, fruit and vegetables

August 29, 2013

It is always interesting, and inspiring, to see what people grow in Shetland. I recently went to Skeld to see the entries for their recent competition. Unfortunately the smell could not be captured to share with you but I did get a few photos. One section was for floral arrangements inspired by...

SWRI show

SWRI show

August 27, 2013

Scottish Women's Rural Institute's Shetland Federation recently held their annual show in the Town Hall, Lerwick. I was a little late in getting there so had time for just a very quick look round before the prize giving began. There was a huge range of items on display - tatting, crochet, patchwork,...

Shetland in summer

Shetland in summer

August 3, 2013

Looking back over photos I've taken recently I found a few to share. Some people have requested more landscape photos as my surroundings differ from theirs. This one shows the Aith Lifeboat and Coastguard helicopter displaying their ability to work together.The downdraft from the rotor blades distur...

Visitors to Shetland

Visitors to Shetland

July 25, 2013

It is always fascinating to meet people who have travelled to Shetland mostly because they have a passion for knitting and textile related crafts. So far this year I have enjoyed meeting some of these enthusiasts. First I met a group of 24 from Japan when I demonstrated at Shetland Te...

Michaelswood

Michaelswood

July 24, 2013

Michaelswood in Aith is one of my favourite places to take a walk. The transition from working croft to woodland has taken over 15 years, and a great deal of hard work by my neighbours, Ray, Betty and Alan Ferrie. This woodland is dedicated to their son/brother, Michael. Covering about 12 acres...

Trevor Tindall

Trevor Tindall

July 8, 2013

My husband died on 26 June, aged just 64. I am pleased I found the strength to read the eulogy at his funeral. After discussing with the family I decided to share it on my blog, especially as he met many people in the knitting world. I am grateful for the support of family and cl...

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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.