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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...

Shetland Wool Week 2014

Shetland Wool Week 2014

February 5, 2014

I am delighted to have been invited to be patron of Shetland Wool Week 2014, the first Shetlander to be patron, and following in the footsteps of Kate Davies and Felicity Ford. I first met Kate in October 2011 when she attended a Fair Isle workshop in the Breiwick Cafe at Eshaness - at that time I h...

Final check on new patterns

February 3, 2014

Over the last few months I have been working on getting several patterns ready for release. This takes time, and motivation.  I start with knitting the item; these days I usually remember to make notes and take photos as I work. For something big, such as Hjorki hooded cardigan, ...

Blocking hats, gloves and socks

Blocking hats, gloves and socks

January 22, 2014

I am often surprised - and delighted - by what I notice in the recycling centre near where I live. I had to go home for my camera the day I found several hat, glove and mitten boards for sale. I really did not need any more but a hat board and mitten boards found their ...

Helping with sheep

Helping with sheep

January 20, 2014

After a prolonged spell of really windy and rainy weather it has been good to look back at photos taken earlier this month, to remember how good Shetland can look in the winter. My sister, Alice, works the croft where we grew up and one calm day at the beginning of January she asked to hel...

Jumper boards

Jumper boards

January 5, 2014

Shetlanders 'dress' or 'board' knitting once it's finished but outside of Shetland the word 'block' is more commonly used. To dress jumpers (sweaters), jumper boards have been used in Shetland for many years. My mother, who was a child in the 1920s, said there always seemed to be a ju...

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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.