Knitting as a child

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I remember learning how to knit in primary school as a child.  Knitting was also in my family so I had tuition from others as well but I do remember tackling the knitting needles as a youngster, together with the rest of my class.  I’m trying to remember if the boys did knitting too or if it was a strictly girls-only activity.  I may be really dating myself mentioning this but I also remember working on stitching on a piece of lovely ecru cloth with somewhat large holes, making ex’s and dashes, etc.  It was good fun and a nice break from reading, writing and arithmetic.

I read today of a school class from Whalsay, the 6th largest of the Shetland islands and how they came for a visit to Jamieson and Smith.  Here’s the blog post where you can have a read all about it.  I found it quite interesting.  It is aptly called “Shetland’s Knitwear’s Future”.

Knitting a peerie flooers hat



Kate Davies Designs has the most beautiful knitted hat.  I looked for a place to click to reblog the article but I couldn’t find it so I am going to have to do this the old fashioned way and provide a link.


“peerie flooers” means “little flowers” in Shetland dialect and that’s what is knitted into this delightful hat.


Please check out the link and there are some instructions on what you will need to knit this project.

Book reviews on A Legacy of Shetland Lace

A Legacy of Lace Book


If you are at all interested in the workings of knitting lace, you may be interested to read Kate Davies’ latest blog post on a book review of “A Legacy of Shetland Lace”.  Kate is the author of “Colours of Shetland” and the creator of signature knitwear designs.


Kate says,

“I don’t think it is going too far to say that the group of women behind this book are among the best knitters in the world. Their work is certainly the very finest that Britain has to offer. In this wonderful tome, key members of The Shetland Guild of Spinners, Knitters, Weavers and Dyers share their knowledge of the old traditions and contemporary practice of Shetland fine lace knitting.”


While looking for where I could find the book, I also came across a review of the same book by Jamieson & Smith.  They have suggested several of their products if you are looking for yarn to knit lace.  At the end of the blog post, there is a link for UK readers to order the book.  For those in the US, a reader who commented on the post suggested trying The Shetland Times.

A little creativity


With all the fabulous information I have been getting recently on wool and textiles, I thought I would take these books out from the library.  The “Fleece and Fiber” book is more of a what’s what in the wool world.  It explains about different kinds of animals that the wool comes from and how it’s processed.  “The Knitter’s Book of Wool” is a bit more fun in that it does describe where the wool comes from and how it’s made but it also uses about half the book to give some wonderful patterns.  Skill levels are set for each project … easy, intermediate and experienced.  There is everything from the “Hill Country Hat” (Easy) to the “Comfy Cardigan” (also easy and very appealing) and “Cabin Socks” (intermediate) with the “Prairie Rose Lace Shawl, which is more of an “Experienced” level.  I particularly liked the patterns for the “The Three Bears Pullovers” … Mama, Papa and naturally, Baby Bear.  Mummy Bear and Baby have some rib to their pullovers while Daddy’s is just a straight knit with lovely Icelandic Lopi yarn.



I have become quite enamored with some of the Scottish artists, in particular those who paint island scenes.  I was thrilled to find a little shop in Oban that sold lots of the prints that I like.  Unfortunately, I am not independently wealthy so I was reduced to buying blank cards with the pictures on the front for 3 pounds each.  I was still enormously pleased with my purchases and when I got home, I went to Ikea and found myself this frame, in which I have promptly deposited my lovely cards.  I hope you like the result.  The pictures in order (left side, going downwards) are Pam Carter’s “Plockton Shores”, “Dyke to the Holding” and Rowena Laing’s “Scottish Hill Farm”.  On the right side, going downwards once more, Rowena Laing’s “Harvest Moon” and Pam Carter’s “Sheets to the Wind” and “The Wee Harbour Plockton”.



At this point, I need to give much credit to my friend Christine from Writing from Scotland as she was the one who began my journey into the world of Scottish artists with John Lowrie Morrison.  Christine kindly sent me a desk calendar last year which has now become another framed assortment of pictures on my wall.  This second frame is full of only JoLoMo pictures and I’m hoping you’ll forgive me for not writing all 12 pictures down.  I do have their names if you want to message me and I can give them to you.

I am enjoying my new paintings on the wall immensely and it makes me feel a little closer to the coast of Scotland.  I did also find an Art Greeting Cards site that sells prints of these artists and hopefully that will be helpful if you decide you want to get any of them. 🙂