May is my favourite month for a few reasons…
- It starts to really feel like summer is on the way
- More visitors start coming to see us in Shetland
- I have been celebrating my business birthday!
- My own birthday is at the end of this month too
For me, May is when the fun starts.
I have a couple of big things to catch you up on for this month..
First, the #terrilaura1year competition and business birthday!
To celebrate the 1st birthday of Terri Laura, I put together a colourwork competition where participants take the Tina’s Mitts pattern and create their own colourway. We are now voting to find out the winner!
Voting continues until the winner is announced on the 1st of June and it is a social media voting system!
To vote: like the picture of the mitts you think should win! - It’s that easy! You can like as many pictures as you want to on both Instagram and Facebook to help your favourites win. The participants would also be delighted if you shared your favourites to help them receive more votes!
The winner is set to receive a goodie bag from Shetland as well as a Curled Cowl of their choice. Prizes are being finalised and I will update everyone on these. Watch this space!
Secondly, the news from the last few weeks has been taken over by my trip to The Dutch Knitting Festival!
Also known as Breidagen. It was such an experience and I would like to thank Madaleine and Janet for stheir warm invitation and welcomes. Along with Donna Smith, we travelled to Amsterdam where we spent an evening and much of the next day with our friends Madeliene and Marijke, before moving onto Rijiswijk where the festival was taking place. We also took a small detour to visit the ladies at Cross and Woods before we got to our hotel in Rijiswijk/ I have to say, that craft shop is GORGEOUS (of course, the ladies in it are too!).
It was so much fun to be spending so much time with other makers, designers and knitters. I’m so glad we were able to spent time with these talented people, I’m certain I will be keeping in touch. I was even lucky enough to have lessons from the Swiss Double Knitting Queen, Meret Buetzberger! I have some double knitting ideas now (whereas it sounded very scary a month ago!) so I’ll be sure to keep you updated on that.Throughout the week I taught classes on Traditional Shetland Fair Isle Charts, and Traditional Starred Crowns. These were both very well received and I even had a chance to take a class to the booths to look at how we can take what we’ve been speaking about and use it in a yarn shop to plan projects. A class member and new friend Puk Vossen mentions the class in her latest YouTube vlog, she is a very interesting lady, I have become a little addicted to watching her on YouTube!
I also did a couple of lectures about what it’s like to be a young designer in Shetland. I was absolutely delighted with the interest and questions during these and I have to thank everyone who came along for your company and encouragement. It was truly a pleasure. Thank you especially to Marijke Wieringa for the picture below.
The festival was such a great experience and I am so pleased to have had the chance to teach, lecture, demonstrate and meet all the other visitors. I hope to be setting off to many more in the future!