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Summer 2020

Summer 2020

July 30, 2020

For everyone spring and summer 2020 has been very different, and everyone is getting used to a new way of living. Sometimes sleep has been interrupted so I've caught some very colourful early morning skies. Some time has been spent knitting - no more than two or three hours a day, but not every day....

Wrap for a card player

Wrap for a card player

May 22, 2020

I'm an avid card player - before Covid 19 appeared I used to play 500 three or four evenings every week from September to May - so I'm missing my evenings out in good company. At the start of lockdown - as I write I'm starting week 12 of physical distancing from other people - I found it hard to set...

Yoked cardigan for Louise

Yoked cardigan for Louise

April 26, 2020

I started to knit Fair Isle yokes onto machine-knit jumper and cardigan bodies as a teenager and my love for them has never waned. There's so much scope for making each one different. I have a knitting machine but it's not been used for years as I find hand knitting more relaxing. One day I may get ...

Knitting tutorial discount

Knitting tutorial discount

April 9, 2020

Normally at this time of year I'm anticipating meeting groups of people whose particular love of knitting - or anything to do with wool - has brought them to Shetland, as well as spending some time as a volunteer demonstrator at Shetland Textile Museum.  The first group was due at the end of Ap...

Benniegio Cardigan

Benniegio Cardigan

December 19, 2019

Writing a pattern for Benniegio cardigan has taken a long time! I was wearing a slightly different version of this cardigan away back in January 2016 when I visited Vogue Knitting Live in New York, blithely answering queries with "the pattern will be written soon"! I realised that the original cardi...

Ollaberry - 2019

Ollaberry - 2019

September 29, 2019

On day one of Shetland Wool Week 2019 I spent the afternoon at the Ollaberry hall, looking at the knitwear display, as well as enjoying speaking to the demonstrators and visitors. So good to catch up with fellow Shetlanders as well as visitors who have come back for this special time in Shetland. I ...

Yokes - bottom up or top down?

Yokes - bottom up or top down?

June 6, 2019

Yoked garments – with either a Fair Isle, cabled, lace (or other) yoke – are currently very popular, and I see more are being knitted from the top down. Bottom up yokes are shaped by decreasing the number of stitches, with most of the decreases happening in the top half of the yoke. Top ...

Colourbox cardigan, 2018

Colourbox cardigan, 2018

May 23, 2019

I have often made mention of Jamieson & Smith’s Colourbox challenge. J & S staff choose eight of their jumperweight colours and yarn users (knitters or crocheters) have to use at least five of them to create something. The colours are deliberately chosen so that they will not be really...

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...

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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.