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Choosing colours

Choosing colours

April 26, 2019

“How do you put colours together for Fair Isle knitting?” is one of the most common questions I get asked. Sometimes I go to either Jamiesons of Shetland or to Jamieson & Smith’s shop and choose several colours from their shelves, or I delve into my stash of Shetland wool witho...

Circular and double pointed needles

Circular and double pointed needles

January 9, 2019

I dislike circular knitting needles - I've known that for a long time. I am often asked why, so I have spent some time trying to analyse what it is I don't like. I have several circular needles, mostly fixed cords and one set of interchangeables. The circulars are not often used but are useful for k...

Colours

Colours

November 14, 2018

All that remains of this jumper I knitted and wore in the late 1970s is a tiny fragment cut out of it. It most likely got worn and mended until I could mend no more and the bulk of it probably ended up in the dog's bed. I found the piece when searching for something else otherwise I probably would h...

Camshious, a favourite jumper

Camshious, a favourite jumper

October 11, 2018

Camshious is the name I gave this jumper. This week I watched Fruity Knitting's Episode 63 and noticed they included a little clip of me wearing this jumper, from my interview with Andrea in an earlier episode. The jumper always catches the eye, not least because of the 'squint' neck, so I thought a...

2018 Walls Show

2018 Walls Show

August 25, 2018

Walls Show is the last of the Shetland's shows I'll get to this year. It is open to residents within the West Mainland area. There is less knitting than at the other shows but the standard is extremely high. I missed taking Colourbox entry photos but most of the entries were mine so I took photos wh...

2018 Cunningsburgh Show

2018 Cunningsburgh Show

August 20, 2018

At Cunningsburgh Show I spent most of my time in the knitting and handicraft section, looking and speaking to folk I'd not seen for a while. As always, I found it interesting to see how other folk had used the Colourbox colours, the patterns they had used and what had been knitted. Mavis Ross truly ...

2018 Voe Show

2018 Voe Show

August 11, 2018

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. It is especially pleasing to see young folk starting to knit...

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...

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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.