hello and if you are new here welcome welcome! this is the third, no, fourth, posting i've made on our group's grand adventure to the shetland islands. up till now we've seen puffins, and ponies and sheep! discovered our home away from home for the next week, visited jamieson & smith, saw an otter! continuing on...
in our caravan now, with sorley our trusty driver, these are the views we were treated to everywhere we went in shetland
hay's dock, lerwick and the shetland museum and archives (directly behind me)
we had an agreed upon time to wander on our own, before meeting back.
oh my goodness
shetland otters are twice as big as ours!
from the museum ...Fair Isle knitwear is the most famous product of these islands. However, many people might not know what “real” Fair Isle is. Our collection has examples, from pre-commercial garments c.1870, to the ever-changing fashion item of the 20th century. The museum has samples from knitwear’s sudden popularity in the 1920s, through later style changes, to machine-made items from the 1960s. Besides clothing, we hold textile tools, like equipment for dyeing, knitting and finishing....
instagraming the museum
afterwards, we enjoyed a waterfront lunch
lovely kathy cadigan, hay's dock, lerwick
back to burrastow and time for an explore before our evenings exciting plans
there may have been some beer sampling in our room
i went out for a wander
(doing my best not to disturb the nearby nesting arctic terns)
...meanwhile the weather was becoming blustery and darkening. i saw a peerie car driving down the hill, towards burrastow house. we are quite remote here, who is coming for a visit?
it is our distinguished guest! it is hazel tindell! hazel is the ambassador of wool week 2014 and has been named the patron of this year's event. her website seems to be down at the moment, but to learn more about this fascinating woman (she has the distinction of being the world's fastest knitter) go to hazel tindall or her raverly group here. and look at her beautiful fair isle jumper! (please note maryjanes lopapeysa too, it was gorgeous).
we gathered in the cozy sitting room (shetland ponies grazing outside the window) while hazel shared many of her samples and a bit of her (vast) knowledge on knitting and specifically fair isle
we were treated to a live demonstration of a steek
and the correct use of a knitting belt (commonly used in shetland)
afterwards, we retired to the conservatory (hee hee) for more instruction
gudrun johnston ~ hazel tindell ~ maryjane mucklestone
i've been sharing a little of my journal in these posts per requests. when traveling i like to bring a small flower press to save (only what is allowed) tiny petals, leaves and grasses