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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...

Slyde cardigan

Slyde cardigan

April 8, 2014

Late last year I was asked if I could write an article and a knitting pattern for Knitting Traditions Magazine, spring 2014. I had previously researched my mother's diaries for the 1960s looking specifically for references to knitting, which she hated but had to do to pay the bills. I used these dia...

Beach walk

Beach walk

February 17, 2014

As the weather was calm and fine a walk along the seashore beckoned, and someone else thought it was a fine day to take out their boat. Apart from enjoying the fresh air it is also time to appreciate the winter colour, and thinking time as I pondered the next stage of a knitting design. It is also a...

Jumper boards, part 2

Jumper boards, part 2

February 12, 2014

After my recent blog about jumper boards, I was asked what size the pieces are. All my jumper boards vary slightly so I will give the dimensions for just the one in this photo. The long piece for shoulders and tops of arms is 170cm long, hinged in the middle. A metal hook and eye keep the piece stea...

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About Shetland

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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.