Published: 20 August 2015
2018 Voe Show
Agricultural Shows in Shetland are always worth a visit and I always head for the craft area as I find it fascinating to see what other people are making. I spend so much time in the knitting/craft area that I don't see everything on show. Fabulous crochet
It is especially pleasing to see young folk starting to knit, sew and crochet. For the main photo for this blog I chose a prize-winning crochet wrap by Claire Robertson, a young mum who loves to crochet - she burned a lot of midnight oil to get this finished for the show. You can see more photos of her work on Instagram, where she and her sister Joanne are cloos_yarn. Joanne does the knitting and Claire the crochet - both very talented young women. Joanne helps me at workshops from time to time, and I hope this will give her the confidence to lead her own workshops.
hap knitted by a young mum-to-be Thanks to the success of the 'happenings' at Ollaberry Hall during Shetland Wool Week, there is a renewed interest in learning about knitting haps and keeping traditions alive. Over the winter, knitters have travelled from all parts of Shetland to learn more under the guidance of Betsy Williamson. Betsy's enthusiasm is quite infectious and she is very keen to pass on her knowledge. As a result there were 3 haps on show; this one was made by Lizzie who is a young mum-to-be.
In an earlier blog I explained the Colourbox Challenge from Jamieson & Smith, which has been running for a few years. At first there was a class for the colourbox at only the Voe Show but over the years this has spread to Cunningsburgh and Walls.
The Colourbox competition at the Voe Show is particularly well supported, especially by knitters in Whalsay. Entrants to the Voe Show used to be limited by geographical area but this year some classes were opened up to people all over Shetland but it seems that few knitters from outwith the area entered. This year the officials told me that entries into the colourbox classes were up but other knitting was down. P6-P7 prizewinner It was good to see this entry from a pupil in P6/P7 (aged between 10 and 12). Visitors had plenty to admire in the knitting section of the show.
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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.