The Shetland Wool Week Annual 2023, Volume Nine has a grounded feel, taking its inspiration from the hues, textures and detail of Shetland’s rugged coastline and natural landscape.
This issue includes 12 very different Fair Isle, lace and weaving patterns by Shetland knitwear designers who all bring very personal touches and a depth of detail to their work. As always, Shetland wool takes centre stage, with its endless colour options, warmth and durability.
Included is a Heritage pattern by Ella Gordon, taking inspiration from a 1950s jumper in the Shetland Museum's textile collection. One of our young knitters, Jenny Jamieson, has created a beautiful old shale lace cowl in sea shades redolent of the markings on a mackerel. Another highlight is from Hazel Tindall who has written an ingenious pattern that takes just six balls of yarn and can be knit into four different pairs of mitts; a brilliant and clever use of yarn, design and maths!
This year's features provide a deeper insight into some of the people who are involved in the wonderful world of Shetland oo – all playing a role to ensure that its heritage lives on.
Ella Gordon | Hattie Yoke
Elizabeth Williamson | Skelberry Shawl
Elizabeth Johnston | Starlight Blanket
Jenny Jamieson | Foogry Cowl
Emma Geddes | Krokbragd Table Runner
Donna Smith | Muckle Leaf Beret
Terri Leask | Da Waarie Jumper
Linda Shearer | Vista Vest
Nicole Coutts | Paet-Bank Gloves & Toorie
Hazel Tindall | Tak Six Kloos Mitts
Alison Rendall | Buggiflooer Beanie
Hats off to Harriet - Laurie Goodlad meets the woman whose determination and smile captured the hearts of the world at the unveiling of a new portrait at Shetland Museum & Archives.
Making Knitwear Sing – Felicity Ford on the perils and pleasures of the annual Colourbox Challenge.
Creative Living on the Croft - The Tait family are the sixth generation to work the croft at West Lynne. Alastair Hamilton went to meet them and find out about their inspiring careers beyond tending the land.
An Object of Hope - Helen Robertson’s artistic vision honours the precariousness & industry of her ancestors’ lives.