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Haps at Ollaberry - 1

October 11, 2016

The nine days of Shetland Wool Week have passed and my camera rarely came out as it was so busy.  On day one I made my way to Ollaberry where about 80 haps on display. It is great that so many haps have been valued to be stored and kept. No doubt there are many more which could have been displa...

Lumbercoats and other garments

Lumbercoats and other garments

September 18, 2016

After a recent blog I was asked to explain the word 'lumbercoat'. A lumbercoat is, traditionally in my part of Shetland, a front opening garment for the top of a body which fastens up to a round neck. I seem to think only women wore lumbercoats for I don't think I ever heard that term used in associ...

Whalsay visit

Whalsay visit

August 23, 2016

Whalsay Heritage Centre is one of the places I try to visit at least once every summer. Getting to Whalsay means a short drive then a trip on the roll-on roll-off ferry. As I was going just to visit the Heritage Centre I crossed as a foot passenger and walked to the Centre. I was glad I didn't ...

Young knitters in Shetland

Young knitters in Shetland

August 17, 2016

At the start of August in the space of eight days I visited three agricultural shows in Shetland - Voe, Cunningsburgh and Walls. Apart from livestock all the shows have sections for knitting, the biggest attraction for me. My blog about the Voe Show included the photo of teenager Lauren Anderson's e...

Voe Show 2016

Voe Show 2016

August 10, 2016

There were close upon 300 entries in the knitting section at the Voe Show this year, much higher than in the past. As one of the five judges it was a great chance to peruse some wonderful knitting. Jamieson & Smith’s colour box competition entries were separated from the rest, and Ella jud...

ShetlandPeerieMakkers

ShetlandPeerieMakkers

December 1, 2015

My paternal grandmother would have been one of the knitters I watched from the day I could focus my eyes on movement. When my paternal grandparents reached their early 70s and were no longer able to easily manage their croft my parents moved in to live with them and my dad's unmarried sister.  ...

Taking the ferry to Shetland

Taking the ferry to Shetland

September 8, 2015

People planning to come to Shetland for Wool Week are getting excited about the whole trip, and discussing their travel arrangements on the social media. It is good to read of friendships being formed before people get here as they make plans to meet. Some will fly to Shetland from Edinburgh, Glasgo...

Colourbox Challenge

Colourbox Challenge

August 13, 2015

For a few years Jamieson & Smith have been sponsoring 'Colourbox Challenge' competitions at Voe and Cunningsburgh Shows. Eight colours are selected and the challenge is for knitters to create pieces of Fair Isle using at least 4 of the colours (I was told that it was 5 for Voe but one of the ste...

Steeks

Steeks

July 28, 2015

Steeks are extra stitches used to enable knitting in the round - thus avoiding purling. This is particularly useful in Fair Isle knitting as it means the right side always faces the knitter and it is easy to see the pattern taking shape. The steek stitches need to be cast off in the last round and s...

Vintage Shetland Blog tour

Vintage Shetland Blog tour

July 13, 2015

Yesterday's Vintage Shetland Blog Tour came from Chicago. Quite a contrast from Shetland! I first met Susan Crawford a few years ago when we were both visiting Shetland Textile Museum at the Böd of Gremista in Lerwick. I forget why I was there but Susan was researching Shetland knitting and stu...

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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.