Huzzah for Shetland Wool Week! I have been enjoying:

Spectacular landscapes in beautiful weather . . .

(The Drongs from Braewick)

. . .hanging out with my favourite woolly creatures

(Shetland sheep at Lunna)

. . .meeting inspiring people . . .

(Hazel Tindall)

(Mary-Jane Mucklestone)

. . . good company . . .

(Wool Holiday comrades)

. . . and glorious knitting as far as the eye could see.

I feel both proud and immensely humbled to have been involved.

33 thoughts on “Shetland Wool Week

  1. Congratulations on being asked to write the Introduction; it looks like a most beautiful book, and you do love those yarns also.

    Lovely photos again. I have known only 3 people by the name of Hazel, the first an Australian lady my Mom’s age, then a Scottish girl, and the other an English girl who both came to Austalia when I was a teenager. (must be a popular name in your area of the world ;-)


  2. KATE – great that you got to be at this shetland wool week — who more than you would be a perfect fit

    – have ordered wool for sheep heid today — can’t wait– may have to create another sheepy piece with the left over wool

    cheers—pat j


  3. Can you write more about that spectacular lace shawl everyone is fondling in one of your pictures? Or do you have details on Flickr. I’ll go and look.


  4. I got so excited reading your post that I messed up the heel I was turning! (Managed to sort it now). Guess there’s some knitting and reading that can’t be done together! Amazing stuff though. Hope recovering doesn’t take too long


  5. I want to be there too!

    I couldn’t wait for a kit… I bought the pattern and yarn

    waiting now with pattern in my hot little hands for Jamieson and Smith parcel to arrive here in Canada…


  6. Speechless here in Alaska . . . oh How I would love to be in the company of that group. As I saw the photos the instructors or some one was showing . . . I had to ask how does one get there hands on that book. I assume it is the book at the in the last photo? Tell us more is it in print, where, when, how do I get a copy!


  7. I wish I could be there, with you, oh my the landscape is amazing. love the pile of wool picture ;o)
    is “Knit Real Shetland” a book as I suppose it is ? I can’t wait to see it….

    have a nice week.


  8. I spent a week in Shetland in 1998 and again in 2000. Your blog got me to thinking it is past time for another visit! Working with a friend on details for a small tour for 10-16 people from the States next May. We will also spend a week in my part of the country – Cornwall – after the week in Shetland.

    Cheers, Shelagh in Vermont.


  9. Say hi to Hazel Tindall from Meredith the America. Three years ago I met her at the Fastest Knitter in the World contest and then again in Shetland at her house for a lesson in color. At the time I was writing a book on knitting (that didn’t fly) but I loved the afternoon I spent with Hazel seeing all her work. It was magical. And I now own a “woolly horse” of hers. A true honor to carry that back to America and use for blocking my first FI sweater. The people at Mamieson and Smith were kind enough to wrap that horse so that I could carry it on a plane. It looked a bit like a rifle, but when the airline check in person at Sheltland airport saw what it was, he didn’t bat an eye.


  10. Thank you so very much for sharing your experiences. I enjoyed them a great deal. When you get a chance, could you tell us a little more about the book. I look forward to reading your introduction.


  11. Well, I can’t think of anyone who deserves to have had the best week in Shetland woolly wonderland than you. I have so enjoyed your comments and photos and I can’t wait to hear more about the book. So, from Far Away Over Here after a day of 35oC heat, safe journey homewards….


  12. I feel so happy for you that you have the opportunity to rub elbows with such company! Oh how I long for that sort of group to inspire me as they share their knowledge and experiences.
    I so love your new header picture! You continue to to outdo yourself with each new pattern release.


  13. It looks like it was a truly wonderful week- am so glad you were able to be there to be part of it! I’ve been living moments of it vicariously via Mary Jane’s and Gudrun’s blogs so thank you for another view again. And I am intrigued by the Knit Real Shetland project above… I am aware of Oliver’s and J&S’s commitment to raising awareness of Shetland-raised Shetland yarn- is this a book highlighting that and the beauty of the yarn and knitting tradition? Lovely!!


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