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My Dad

My Dad

June 22, 2018

Fathers’ Day inevitably evokes emotions and memories. This week my thoughts have gone back 20 years, remembering the final days of my Dad’s life. I have written and spoken a lot about my mother but less about my Dad. Although he was away at sea or at the whaling when I was very young he ...

Hap from Foula wool

Hap from Foula wool

June 3, 2018

From the time I was very young I saw my aunt, Annie, who shared our family home, knit haps. I grew up knowing how she knit them and I had knitted mini-haps for workshops so I could share how to construct them. However I never had the inclination to knit a large hap myself, until last month.  A ...

Jumpers from triangles

Jumpers from triangles

May 15, 2018

This year when I was at Edinburgh Yarn Festival one of the jumpers I wore is one which I know I will never write up as a pattern for others to follow. I like the colours but not so keen on the shape. It's not a favourite so hasn't been worn very often - usually a few weeks, then washed and...

Shetland Wool Week Patron 2018

Shetland Wool Week Patron 2018

March 15, 2018

Shetland Wool Week Patron for 2018 is my friend, Elizabeth Johnston. I have mentioned Elizabeth many times in my blogs, and elsewhere in this website. I am delighted that Elizabeth has been chosen as the patron this year. She has been knitting for as many years as I have but she has added spinning, ...

Fair Isle Designs from Shetland Knitters, Volume 1

Fair Isle Designs from Shetland Knitters, Volume 1

March 6, 2018

Off and on, over the past 14 months, as a volunteer for Shetland Guild of Spinners, Knitters, Weavers and Dyers, I have been working on new books. At first we thought it would be just one book but we were advised that too many patterns makes for a heavy book and issues with postage. Therefore two vo...

Knitting tip - thumbs

Knitting tip - thumbs

February 20, 2018

50 Tips from Shetland Knitters was made primarly in order to demonstrate things which knitters will find useful but are very difficult to explain in words and photos. I have many tasks to catch up with so I have avoided starting a large knitting project - but somehow I have managed to crochet a top ...

Knitting in Minneapolis, February 2008

Knitting in Minneapolis, February 2008

February 12, 2018

I am constantly decluttering - though a casual observer would find that hard to believe! Recent media coverage of the book "The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning" has spurred me on.  This week I found a folder which my co-workers presented to me in February 2008 after I made a short trip to ...

Christmas Jumper Day

Christmas Jumper Day

December 19, 2017

After reading an article in the Guardian, I felt compelled to write about my own experiences of the drive to raise money through Christmas Jumper Day, and why I refused the invitations. Whilst it is laudable that the charity suggests folk "dig out your favourite festive sweater", I fe...

Chrissie Sandison

Chrissie Sandison

November 9, 2017

A hundred years ago, on 9 November 1917, my mother Christina Barbara Josephine Sandison (nee Anderson) was born. She was the youngest of 8 children - there were more pregnancies. Her mother was 44 when she gave birth so my mother always said she was 'da scoor da buggie' so they gave her all the name...

50 tips from Shetland Knitters

50 tips from Shetland Knitters

September 2, 2017

50 tips from Shetland Knitters is a content rich instructional film made with Elizabeth Johnston. This photo shows the cover of the 2-set DVD case. Whenever I do a workshop I can usually predict many of the questions. They usually start with "will you show me how you ....". Generally I can show only...

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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.