In my family I am known for my love of butter and when I saw this display in the Shetland Museum and Archives I couldn’t resist taking a photo.
The Museum is a fascinating place and while we were staying in Shetland we had to visit the museum twice to make sure we took full advantage of all that was displayed. Most of my photos related to knitting but the museum displays much more that knitted items. You get a full picture of the history of Shetland and their website is well worth a browse.
This is a Shetland Kep and since returning to Australia I have joined a kep knitting group. I have yet to knit a Kep but I now have a pattern so I will be able to knit one in the future. The keps were originally made to trade with Norwegian sailors. The hat has a lining, you can just see the cream knitting protruding from the edge of the brim.
Of course there were wonderful displays of Shetland kntting and the next two photos are a sample of old fashioned fair isle knitting and more modern examples.