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Knitting Belts

Knitting Belts

April 11, 2013

Shetlanders call knitting "makkin" so we use "makkin belts" but my blogs are in English rather than Shetland dialect which most readers would find difficult to read and understand. I also find typing in dialect really hard. A knitting belt is used with double pointed knitting needles and is worn at ...

Organic Native Shetland Wool

Organic Native Shetland Wool

April 8, 2013

For my next knitting project I went to visit Uradale Farm to get some Organic Native Shetland Wool. I've not used organic yarn before, and I want to support all local producers. It was a real struggle to decide whether to opt for natural colours or dyed colours. Undyed yarn is in...

Hinnerley Jumper colours

Hinnerley Jumper colours

April 8, 2013

Hinnerley jumper pattern instructions include order details for 5 colour combinations apart from the one in the main picture.            ...

Missed trip to New York

April 4, 2013

About 6 months ago I had an unexpected phone call asking me if I'd knit cardigans for Shetland ponies. I laughed at this crazy idea, and suggested he ask someone with a knitting machine as it was far too big a project for me to tackle. Doreen Brown, a very talented designer based...

Judging a knitting competition

Judging a knitting competition

April 1, 2013

Last week I judged a competition for knitted hats and cushion covers for Scottish Women's Rural Institute's Shetland Federation. There were 26 hats and well over 30 cushions so it proved a big task which took almost two and a half hours to complete. The hats are all destined for chari...

Travel to and from Dornoch

Travel to and from Dornoch

March 25, 2013

It's always good to look forward but it's important to remember past enjoyments. Today I've been thinking about last month's trip to Dornoch. Dornoch is on the east coast of northern Scotland, about 50 miles north of Inverness. So that I could take plenty of knitting stuff we took the car,...

Dornoch Fibre Fest

Dornoch Fibre Fest

March 25, 2013

Dornoch Fibre Fest started on 15 March with a very interesting talk by Dr Susan Kay-Williams who is the Chief Executive of the Royal School of Needlework based at Hampton Court Palace. She spoke about the work of the Royal School and showed a large number of photographs of needlework, which illustra...

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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.