Sunday, February 26, 2017

No Nessie Necessary

So many knitters... Inverness hosted its first festival and of course, some had to knit a Nessie!  And yarn bomb a car!  There's even a knitted driver inside the car, but the bag piper is for real.  You can just see him on the other side of the car, though he was easily heard!
Then there was the knitters' cruise on Loch Ness.   SIGH! 🤗

Friday, February 24, 2017

Seascape and wool

Our last day in Shetland, a drive to the coastal airport and a visit to Jamieson & Smith.
An exhibit of wool qualities that we stumbled upon at the last minute.  
Pouring rain, Pattie waits in the car while I take a look in the wool barn.  Jan, the wool sorter gives me the tour and after 20 minutes I dash out to grab Pattie!
It's an unassuming building next to an unassuming shop, on a remote side street, in a picturesque village on a wind swept island in the North Sea.  Jan is passionate about wool and the industry she represents.
Wind sock...normal hurricane force winds, waiting for a plane to land.  Yes, it's a crossing barrier!
The southern tip of the main island, and
Views from the airplane. 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Scotland train

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Buttons, A Collection


Just when I thought I should be stash-busting, I discovered I'm a hoarder and collector of buttons!  
Somehow, it seemed reasonable to buy, and make buttons when I feel I have enough yarn....
An experiment with enamel (above) and polishing silver (below)... all produced in Shetland in September!
And who can resist knit stitches on buttons?

Saturday, December 3, 2016

To the mill

The only mill in the Shetlands.  Jamieson & Sons.  
Weaving for Italian upholstery,
Dyeing 
Big stuff
Giant dyed cake of wool
The raw stuff
The mixer
The product 
Assembling sweaters 
Machine knitted pieces to be pieced 
The knitting machine
The shop 
The irresistible finished product... lovely to touch! 

Friday, December 2, 2016

Bears and buttons

The Burra Bear workshop.  Another bright and windy drive to the west.  She uses remnants and recycled knitwear to make the cutest bears!  Please, click on photos so you can see details.  Especially below, center top shelf is the little display of bears.  She was almost sold out...much is gone to retail, and minutes later a tour group arrived and snatched up the last ones.
Burra bear view:
Yes, someone is hanging out wool to dry.
We made silver buttons that day.  
And this is Lerwick.
The Methodist church where I tried out more buttton making...
Enamel buttons and shawl pin, which I will model someday.
FUN!   Welcome to Shetland Wool Week, 2016.

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