We were delighted to be able to return to Shetland in June, for our first Stitchtopia tour in a long time! As one of our favourite destinations, Shetland has so much to offer from the rolling fields to the rugged coastlines, and of course a fascinating knitting heritage!
Our workshops gave the opportunity to learn about the intricate process of lace knitting from a true expert. Kathleen Anderson is from a family of experienced shawl knitters and has been perfecting the skill for over forty years, even creating a commissioned shawl for the arrival of Prince William and Kate’s first born Prince George! Kathleen demonstrated the key elements of shawl construction from lace edges, picking up and knitting on to finishing and grafting.
It wouldn’t be a trip to Shetland without looking closer at the famous Fair Isle technique, and we spent time with the former World’s fastest knitter and Shetland local, Hazel Tindall. Hazel demonstrated some beautiful designs, and explained the background behind Fair Isle knitting – the perfect inspiration for our group of knitters to get stuck in and try for themselves.
In between workshops, there was plenty of opportunity to explore our surroundings. From beautiful coastlines and scenery to meeting with local designers, inspiration was around every corner.