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RNLI benefits from  craft work by Sheila & Ron Blackman

RNLI benefits from craft work by Sheila & Ron Blackman

May 14, 2013

It's many years since Sheila and Ron Blackman left Shetland but they have never forgot living here and regularly send hand crafted items to Aith Lifeboat to be used to raise funds for the RNLI. Usually it's been one big item but this year it's a huge collection of hats, scarves, ...

Experimenting with Uradale Yarns

Experimenting with Uradale Yarns

May 2, 2013

In an earlier blog I wrote about getting some organic Shetland yarn from Uradale Farm. I have been experimenting with using the 5 dyed colours and natural white. First I tried using just the dyed colours. It's always interesting to see how different combinations appear to change the colours. On...

Lambs arriving

Lambs arriving

May 2, 2013

My younger sister now lives on the croft where we grew up. Her lambs are arriving now so I visited to see how she's getting on. At lambing time she is likely to be getting sleep when she can so I don't like to phone in case she is catching some sleep. The weather is not ideal for lambing out doors w...

Speaking about Knitting

April 30, 2013

I was recently interviewed about knitting by Lara Neel who makes podcasts about knitting, knitting patterns and other crafty projects.  ...

Left over balls of yarn

Left over balls of yarn

April 24, 2013

I have a huge quantity of small balls of yarn left over from projects. From time to time I gather these together and make myself knit things which will reduce the quantity. It's always enjoyable, and often challenging, and sometimes leads me to ideas for designing things for which I can write p...

Looking for Tadpoles at Da Gairdins

Looking for Tadpoles at Da Gairdins

April 24, 2013

Shetland hasn't got too many trees but we are lucky to live near two wooded areas which we enjoy visiting. One of the good things about grandchildren is the chance to look at the world through their eyes. Our grandsons enjoyed a visit to Da Gairdins i Sand - also known as 'da jungle'.

How a knitting belt is used

April 17, 2013

After my earlier blog about knitting belts, I have been asked for more information so I uploaded this short video....

Shetland Guild of Spinners, Knitters, Weavers & Dyers

Shetland Guild of Spinners, Knitters, Weavers & Dyers

April 13, 2013

Shetland Guild of Spinners, Knitters, Weavers and Dyers held their April meeting in the auditorium at Shetland Museum and Archives. There were three speakers, pictured below: left to right Carol Christiansen, myself and Helen Whitham. I was the first to speak, presenting to a She...

Knitting Belts

Knitting Belts

April 11, 2013

Shetlanders call knitting "makkin" so we use "makkin belts" but my blogs are in English rather than Shetland dialect which most readers would find difficult to read and understand. I also find typing in dialect really hard. A knitting belt is used with double pointed knitting needles and is worn at ...

Organic Native Shetland Wool

Organic Native Shetland Wool

April 8, 2013

For my next knitting project I went to visit Uradale Farm to get some Organic Native Shetland Wool. I've not used organic yarn before, and I want to support all local producers. It was a real struggle to decide whether to opt for natural colours or dyed colours. Undyed yarn is in...

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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.