My Busy Summer! August ’17

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Hello again! First of all I have to say a huge thank you to everyone who read my last diary post, I was so excited to see how many people were taking a look and loved all your comments too.

The website has done really well since the last re-launch, it has been great to see that people from all over the world are coming back to see what I have been up to, it has been very encouraging indeed.

I have to say a big hello to those of you who have signed up to receive my updates by email, you all made my month even better! If anyone else would like to sign up there is a form at the bottom of this post so keep your eyes peeled for that!

I guess if you're reading you want to know what has been going on with me in the past month? First of all I've been working with the lovely Roisin and Helen who run the Textile Facilitation Unit (TFU) in the Shetland College to increasing production of some of my designs. This has been great and these girls made it such an enjoyable experience. I'm not going to pretend I wasn't nervous, because I certainly was, so I spent some time preparing by:

  • writing up the patterns for each item in a way that could be understood (my notes tend to be hard to decipher at times)
  • listing the vast amount of colours in each colourway
  • Sorting and labelling the yarn for each colourway (Shout out to my little cousin Jasmine who spent an afternoon of her summer holidays writing out labels!)
  • charting out each swatch, item, and colourway with every single detail noted

With the nerves taken care of I went in and had a great time! I was glad I prepared so much beforehand because I just couldn't wait to get started. After Roisin worked her magic i was seeing my designs appearing from the machine in just a few minutes and it was amazing.

As my Fair Isle products are machine made and hand finished, any work done at the TFU is only half the story. I am now spending a part of each day finishing these items by hand which involves sewing, grafting and weaving in ends. If I am ever going anywhere with my car, I can almost guarantee that there is a little basket in there containing my work in progress, just incase I happen to fine a spare moment while I am out.

 

 

 

For anyone who follows my Instagram and Facebook accounts, I'm sure you are well aware that I attended the Cunningsburgh Show earlier this month. This is an annual agricultural show which takes place in my home village. It has been a highlight of my year for as long as I can remember and this year was no different.

I prepared my entries and brought them to the showfield at 8am, then I spent the remainder of the morning as one of the stewards in the knitwear section. A stewards job is to collect the entries as people drop them off, number and sort them into their categories ready for judging, take a note of the prize winners, then set up the display. The rest of my day was spent meeting friends and family and looking around the other sections and stalls. Including animals, baking, garden produce, crafts, and photos. If ever you are free and in Shetland on the second Wednesday in August, the Cunningsburgh Show is the place to be!

 

To the left is my Mam and adorable niece enjoying having an early morning stewarding at the Cunningsburgh Show, this has to be my new favourite picture!

Extras!

Be Inspired...

Looking back on this picture from earlier this month makes me feel so relaxed. I took it in North Nesting, Shetland, when my boyfriend and I went for a drive to see the water lilies while they were out. Taken at 9.30pm, the light was just gorgeous.

I hope this photograph inspires you to get creative or simply just relax

The Headlines

I am now *of course* counting down to Wool Week. It seems now that my year runs from one Wool Week to the next, with Christmas and New Year turning into the event that happens part way through. I think that also demonstrates my excitement quite well.

Pictured here is the sneak peek Wool Week have given us showing us what will be included in the Annual, I just cant wait!

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