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Shetland in summer (3) - rowing

August 22, 2014

Shetland has approximately 900 miles of coastline and the sea is never more than about 5 km away so boats and rowing are an integral part of island life.  Rowing races gained popularity over the last 20 years. These photos are from a day of racing where teams and their yoals (rowing boats) gath...

Shetland in summer (2) - peats

August 18, 2014

In the past the people in almost every house in the rural areas of Shetland - and many in Lerwick and the bigger villages too -  kept warm, cooked and got hot water by burning peat which was cut from the hillsides during the spring and summer. Nowadays fewer people 'work' peat so the hill is qu...

Shetland in summer (1) - favourite beach

August 13, 2014

Shetland in the summer brings many photo opportunities but the sunshine means that sitting at the computer to share them has taken a back seat. Over the next weeks I will be looking at the photos I've been taking, and rekindling memories. I grew up by the sea and spent many hours playing on this shi...

Shetland Textile Museum

Shetland Textile Museum

June 27, 2014

Shetland Textile Museum is housed in the Böd of Gremista, on the outskirts of Lerwick. This museum opens over the summer months and attracts visitors from all over the world, as well as Shetlanders. Each year the display in the museum has a different theme and this year it is the knitting being...

Film editing

June 8, 2014

"The Art of Fair Isle knitting with Shetland's Hazel Tindall" - a film which shows me explaining the process, and knitting, of a Fair Isle cardigan - is two steps nearer release.  Elizabeth Johnston is the technical adviser; she has wide experience of instructing in knitting, as well ...

Birkheads Secret Gardens

June 1, 2014

I have been sorting out the many photos I have taken over the last months. Almost every day I seem to read that getting rid of clutter is a good idea; tidying photos is an easy place to begin. My intentions to blog regularly fizzled out, a bit like my attempts to keep a diary in the past. Now I...

Shwook hat

Shwook hat

May 29, 2014

When I was asked to be Shetland Wool Week’s patron for 2014 I was invited to design a pattern. We discussed the possibilities and agreed upon a Fair Isle hat, which could be knitted over the summer then worn during Shetland Wool Week. A hat is not too difficult, nor too big and wearing a hat w...

Knitting needles and accessories

Knitting needles and accessories

May 26, 2014

I do not own many stitch markers but these caught my eye at my favourite charity shop and I had to buy them - at least I think they are stitch markers and one day I may use them. They would be fine for a substantial piece of knitting but certainly of no use when knitting lace as there are ...

Eshaness in the mist

Eshaness in the mist

April 21, 2014

Early morning mist reminded me of a day out last summer when we had so many days of mist. Much of the television series, "Shetland", was filmed then. Another series has been commissioned; I hope we will see more Shetland knitwear worn by the actors.  In spite of the mist, in July I enjoyed a da...

A conversation with Felicity Ford

A conversation with Felicity Ford

April 9, 2014

I had the pleasure of meeting Felicity Ford for the first time when she visited Shetland in summer 2013. I was at a 'Meet the Makers' session at Shetland Textile Festival. I clearly remember her big smile and asking her about her fabulous jumper which is decorated with recording symbols and has cust...

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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.