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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...

Bereavement

Bereavement

July 9, 2015

As anyone who follows my blog will know, I don't blog very regularly. This is not from a shortage of material, more a lack of motivation and the freedom to amble along without goals and aims. I have felt for some time that I wanted to blog about grieving but was not sure it was a wise subject for a ...

Inverriples cardigan

Inverriples cardigan

May 25, 2015

Posting this photo on Facebook and Twitter raised some questions about whether I would write the pattern – and about jumper boards. The reasons I will not write the pattern are below! Lace knitting is not my first love so my experience is limited and with some planning I would have constructed...

At Sumburgh with Elizabeth

At Sumburgh with Elizabeth

May 21, 2015

Sumburgh Head's visitor attraction opened in 2014 but I had not had a chance to visit. Some catch up time with my friend, Elizabeth Johnston, was long overdue so we arranged to go together. Our leisurely lunch at Spiggie Hotel meant we did not have much time to enjoy the inside a...

EU VAT - digital knitting patterns

December 30, 2014

KNITTING PATTERNS will not be sold from this site from 1 January 2015. After reading many thousands of words about the EU Value Added Tax regulations (VAT) which come into effect on 1 January 2015 I have decided to withdraw knitting patterns from sale on this website. The task of changing everything...

Fine Shetland Wool

October 1, 2014

Harold Moffat is a neighbour and former work colleague who has built up quite a reputation as a breeder of sheep which produce really fine Shetland Wool. He has won many prizes for fleeces. It is good to know that his grandson, Morgan, also has a keen interest in maintaining a flock of high quality ...

Foula Wool

Foula Wool

August 28, 2014

One of the reasons I wanted to visit Foula over the summer was to meet Magnus Holbourn, the man behind Foula Wool.  I chose to go there on a boat trip from Scalloway which included going around the whole island. From the sea we could see the sheep on the sides of the cliffs, in what appears a v...

Dolphins, Porpoises and a Basking Shark

Dolphins, Porpoises and a Basking Shark

August 28, 2014

Dolphins, porpoises and a basking shark were all seen on Wednesday 27 August as a group travelled from Scalloway for a day trip to Foula on MV Cyfish. We had calm seas, a light wind and an almost cloudless sky - perfect conditions. The last time I travelled this way to Foula the weather was cold 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.