Hazel Tindall's Blog

For all knitting enthusiasts, my blog is a treasure trove of information on everything related to Shetland knitting and Fair Isle knitwear. I'm always happy to share behind-the-scenes sneak peeks of my latest projects and offer helpful tips and tricks for knitters of all levels.

1962 Lumbercoat - modernised

1962 Lumbercoat - modernised

August 25, 2017

My last blog was about a lumbercoat my Mum knitted for me in 1962. It was out of sight and out of mind for many years - for some years it was in a plastic bag in a garage. When it came to light again, and I later found the references to it in my mother's diary I decided to donate it to Shetland Muse...

Lumber coat knitted in 1962

Lumber coat knitted in 1962

August 18, 2017

My mother knitted many garments for her family and I still have some of them. Today I donated to Shetland Museum a fair isle lumber coat which she knitted for me in 1962. (Generally a lumber coat buttons to the neck and a cardigan has a V neck.) This one is not in the best condition but what is...

Progress on new download/DVD

Progress on new download/DVD

May 14, 2017

Filming for a new dowload/DVD - 50 knitting tips - took place over three days at the beginning of the month. Editing is now underway and Elizabeth and I will see the edited version this week. Some of the tips are quite detailed so it all took longer than we anticipated, and the finished film is over...

Spring 2017

Spring 2017

April 22, 2017

Spring 2017, and the dates have been set for filming a second knitting instruction download/DVD. I have been working with Elizabeth Johnston, who will appear in this film with me (in the first one she was my adviser), to plan what needs to go in the film, and prepare the pieces needed to ensure no t...

Haps at Ollaberry - 3

October 22, 2016

Some more haps which were on display at the start of Shetland Wool Week 2016....

Haps at Ollaberry - 2

October 17, 2016

With over 80 haps on display it was impossible to photograph every one. Nor was it possible to make a note of the stories behind all the haps but I made a point of recording these two.  Betty Ratter knitted the white hap for Children in Need's 1994 appeal. The winning bidder was Helen Robertson...

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...

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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.