hello folks, so I have had a busy couple of weeks, thank you all for your lovely comments about my birthday yoke, on here and on instagram. its much appreciated as always. I had such a bad cold on my birthday that I had to leave work after an hour so only a few saw my yoke in person but don’t worry, its getting chilly so I’ll be wearing it again soon!
the day after my birthday and still dosed in the cold I went to Edinburgh for my Sisters wedding, we were just down for a few days (one whole extra day spent in the Edinburgh airport because of mist at Sumburgh.. groan) but it was great to get away and I do like Edinburgh
so on the very day of the wedding, after the meal and everything we had a bit of time so Me, Mam,Marianne and Annie went for a wander and I ended up at my favourite vintage shop W.Armstrongs in the Grassmarket.. and surprise, surprise your thinking (not) I found some Fair Isle knitwear!
I found this great all over Fair Isle jumper for only £8! Its made in acrylic (bought wirsit we would call it) so not good for naked flames but great for machine washing. It has had a lot of washing in its time so it was very bobbly, but I bought one of those jumper shaver.. things and it has come great! I think the bobbles was why it was so cheap, it just needed a bit of TLC
I am not one for choosing browns and peaches in my own knitting but I actually love the look of this, I have always like the look of these shaded patterns which are very common in fishing communities, you often see them on Burra and Whalsay men! I’m pretty sure this would have been made for a young boy but it fits me fine so I will wear it proudly!
I haven’t found much time for hand knitting but last week I did my part for an exciting collaboration with my knitting designer pal Kate. Her book all about YOKES (hyperventilating.. you keen I love a good yoke!) is coming out soon and she wanted to include a machine knit body for a yoke so on my knitting machine I knit her the sleeves and body of a cardigan and she is going to hand knit a yoke. Just like how I did with both my Puffins and my Fair Isle Yoke. It is how almost all yokes were and are made in Shetland. Very exciting, so Im really looking forward to seeing that.
You might not hear much from me for the next peerie while, soon is Shetland Wool Week and where I work (Jamieson & Smith) will be FILLED with knitters day and night, I will be blogging everyday over on the J&S blog so keep an eye oot. Then I will be starting my build up for the Christmas Craft Fair (i should have started already but as usual, life has gotten in the way) unfortunately that means I wont be able to take on any Crofthouse commissions til after November. :(
(hopefully) speak soon xxx