I was born in Scotland and came to Australia when my parents emigrated in 1965. I love Australia and am a proud Australian but am also proud of my Scottish heritage.
This is my dad’s family. He grew up in Caithness on a croft in Boultach.
My mother’s family were fisherfolk from Fisherrow, Musselburgh.
When my elder daughter told me she was expecting her first child I wanted to make something for her child, something that would reflect my Scottish heritage and could be passed on to the next generation. I remembered my mum having a Shetland ring shawl and I thought I would see if I could make one.
I searched the net for a pattern. This was in 2006, before I had heard of Ravelry. Ravelry is an amazing website where you will find all things relating to yarn. You need to join up to access the community but it costs you nothing.
I found a pattern at Four Seasons.
Brora is the name of one of the villages in Caithness so it was a nice link to my heritage.
The pattern and the wool.
I was delighted with the result.