Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Shetland Wool Week 2015 Days 8 & 9

On Saturday my class was in Knitted Christmas Baubles, there were a choice of two different Fair Isle patterns - or sheep!
There was also a Maker's Market in Room 16 of Isleburgh Community Centre where my class was taking place.  I managed to nip out for a quick look during our lunchbreak.  There were knitted items, patterns, yarn and jewellery.  You could also purchase tea and coffee, sandwiches and homebakes in the hall and the room was set out with tables with vintage cloths.  It had a lovely atmosphere - and it was incredibly busy! Unfortunately my camera's battery was exhausted (a bit like a lot of us!) so I only managed to get two photos of the market. 

Saturday was the last official day of Shetland Wool Week, but on Sunday I went to the famous Sunday teas in the Tingwall Hall organised by the Shetland Guild of Weavers, Spinners, Dyers and Knitters.
There were tea and coffee and abundant sandwiches and homebakes.  All you could eat for £4!
The Guild also have demonstrations and finished items on display.  There were beautiful Fair Isle hats and gloves: 

Lace and Fair Isle Items by Hazel Tindall:

Amazing lace by Kathleen Anderson:

Unusual knitted garments such as this lace jumper by Pearl Johnson.  Felicity Ford and I stood for a while trying to figure out it's construction:

I think my favourite garment on display was this Fair Isle allover also knitted by Pearl.  I just couldn't stop looking at it.  The pattern and colours are so cleverly put together it almost has a 3D quality about it:

And then that was it.  I felt quite sad when it was all over, I have had a great time and have made lots of new friends and enjoyed spending time with old friends.  It was a beautiful night on Sunday with what seemed a very appropriate sunset. We had a wander down to the Meal beach (in an attempt to burn off some sugar from the homebakes earlier in the day!) 
I would like to thank everyone who was involved in organising Shetland Wool Week, it really is a fantastic event.  I would also like to thank everyone for coming as if there were no visitors there would be no event! 
Of course, my pictures only show a small part of what is happening during the week, there is so much going on all over Shetland.
Roll on Shetland Wool Week 2016!


  1. Wow, that is an unusual piece of knitting. Did you ever figure it out? It looks like it could have been knit in pieces, with the contrasting lace picked up on the edges of the horizontal lace and knit with mitered corners, but I don't think that would solve the sleeves ...

    I love those fair isle tams and gloves. So much beauty!

  2. Thanks for the posts, especially great as I could not get there this year, but yes, roll on 2016! Lovely photos from the Guild, Pearl!s jumper looks like it is very cleverly constructed!!

  3. Donna, I just discovered your blog and am truly enjoying it . Is it possible to get a copy of the Sheep Christmas Bauble?

  4. Thanks for sharing! I am in Texas, USA....I have knit Fair Isle patterns and love the patterns and colors!! I have a few Shetland fleece in different colors. I process my own and spin it. Love your BaaaHat...want to knit it up with the handspun.