The Road to Wool Week 2017

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billister lights cowl

Since my last diary post my world has become much BIGGER.

First I launched a brand new greetings cards and they have been pleasantly popular so far and I can't wait for more people to see them over Wool Week. I have designed them all and they feature my own Fair Isle designs too. With five styles to choose from, there seems to be something for everyone and I am delighted with the comments I've received so far.

Next I added much more stock to my online Etsy shop. I have added a button here so you can take a look, I have a selection of cowls, headbands and cards available here for people to look through. Please feel free to send me through any queries you may have, I have really enjoyed speaking with other Etsy sellers and buyers.

Take a look at the stock available online!

The cover of the Shetland Wool Week Annual 2017 was announced at the end of August (how exciting!), then a few weeks later they began to announce who designed each entry and I could finally tell everyone that MY design was on the cover! I am still feeling so honoured that mine was chosen and I couldn't be more thankful. I hope everyone enjoys knitting this pattern as much as I enjoyed designing it. This years' pattern was a little different for me in two ways, firstly because there are only three colours included, but it was also my first attempt at using a circular needle! I know, 2017 and I had never tried it. Shocking! As someone who uses their knitting belt for absolutely every hand knit item they make it was quite interesting... It was nice to be able to stop at any time and come back mid row, however I wasn't used to having to hold up my knitting without the support of a belt and my tension was a bit ropey until I got used to it. I am proud to say that I did stick with the circular needle for the entire cowl -even through the frustration with what I've been told is a "magic loop" (?)- but needless to say my knitting belt wasn't idle for long. Make sure you get your copy of the annual during Shetland Wool Week or on the website!

Finally, I eventually got around to adding a pattern to  Ravelry! I am so glad that the Curled Cowl in Billister Lights is now available. I hope everyone who has bought it is enjoying making the Curled Cowl in Billister Lights and I have loved seeing your photos of the work in progress and a couple of you have even finished! Please do send me your pictures if you finish it, I'd Love to see them. If you would like to make one of your own you can click the button below to buy the pattern on Ravelry.

Pattern Available Here

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Where to find me this Wool Week

If you are in Shetland next week I will be hoping to see you!

My schedule appears to be jam packed this year so hopefully I will see many of your around during the week. I will be spending some time at the hub in the Shetland Museum, as well as around The Islesburgh Community Centre where I am teaching a few classes. I cannot wait to see how everyone gets on learning to knit crowns AND learning to read and design charts. It is certainly going to be a lot of fun.

Of course I will be at the opening ceremony on Sunday the 24th in the Cickamin Centre. Well done to everyone who has a ticket, it should certainly be a good night.

The Cunningsburgh History group Hut will be open on Monday and Tuesday from 2-5pm and I will be there on Monday afternoon. They have a special focus on knitting in Cunningsburgh and the surrounding areas and there is photographs of knitters past and present included so there should be a lot to see.

On Tuesday evening I will be in the South Nesting hall for their "makkin and tae" night from 7-10pm. I will bring along my stock and sketchbook as well as some past projects. It will be so great to spend some time socialising with other Shetland makers as well as our visitors. We best not forget the lovely homebakes that will be available too!

There are still some spaces for my Fair Isle Charts for Beginners class which is being held on Friday the 29th in Islesburgh. This would be a great class for anyone who is unsure about reading a fair isle chart or would like to have a go at designing. I have just finished getting together all of the inspirational materials for this class so make sure you book your place if you are interesting in coming along.

Do not miss the Makers Market in Islesburgh on Saturday the 30th. I will be there with my stall covered in fair isle knits and cards as well as some more things to take a look at. I have also heard great things about what some of the other makers are up to so it should be a busy but great day!

These are my confirmed plans so far but I will definitely be out and about everyday!

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