Tuesday Travels. . .Shetland Museum and Archives

I will start with this tongue twister and you will find the reason why as you read on. . . .

The reason for the tongue twister was this display in the Shetland Museum and Archives.

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.

I don’t think this would taste any good now!

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 The keps were originally made to trade with Norwegian sailors.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.

Wasn’t sure what title to give this post.

My younger daughter found a knitting pattern that she thought would be good for using up my many left over bits of wool. The pattern is very quick and simple to make.  I was going to title the post “Thong Socks” but then thought of the meanings of the word “thong”.The thong the knitting pattern refers to is the type of open shoe with a strap that goes between the big toe and the toe next to it.

I am not quite sure why you would need thong socks but nevertheless I knitted up the pattern.

Maybe thong socks will be the next big fashion trend.  There is a whole Pinterest section on this type of sock.

The Shetland Textile Museum. . . .Tuesday Travels

I had read about the Shetland Textile Museum before we visited Shetland so it was one of the places on my list that I had to visit.  The bod is a restored fishing station and is the birthplace of Arthur Anderson who gifted Queen Victoria some stockings in fine Shetland lace.

Out front of the bod is this wonderful example of Shetland lace adapted for another purpose.

Outside were a couple of beautiful Fair Isle jumpers on display.

The lace work was magnificent and this is just a small sample.

So many examples of beautiful fair isle work.

The guernsey in this picture is similar to one I knitted for my grandson when he was younger.

The pattern I used was Debbie Bliss Denim Herringbone Sweater from the book Debbie Bliss Family Collection.

The bod had a wonderful display of all sorts of knitting and weaving and there were working displays too.  We also saw some taatit rugs which are a type of bedcovering.  You can read about them here.

Looking at these berets now I feel happy with the Sheeps Heid I made when I got back to Australia.

Little did we know that after visiting the textile museum we would be able to see even more examples of Shetland textiles when we visited the Shetland Museum and Archives.

Some crazy knitting

My daughter asked me, quite some time ago, if I would knit her a fox scarf, the pattern was in a book she had bought.

I wasn’t in love with the pattern but because my daughter wanted it I was happy to knit it for her.  I always like when my family ask me to knit for them.  When I bought the wool I didn’t take much notice of what the lady in the shop picked out for me, my mind must have been elsewhere, and it was only after I got it home that I found it wasn’t pure wool.  I dislike knitting in anything other than pure wool.  This was 100% acrylic.  Shock horror.  Anyway I decided to knit it up as it was only a scarf and it did have the benefit of being anti-pilling! I realised after finishing the project that I would never knit in this type of yarn again. So something learned from the experience.

The book has lots of other crazy patterns.

Wool given by my daughter

This is my latest knitting and the pattern I used.My elder daughter gave me some wool that she had not had the time to use and thought that I would be able to put it to use.  I decided to knit some socks for her.  Unfortunately I didn’t quite have enough of the mixed yellow wool so had to use some of a slightly darker shade when I started to decrease for the toe.  It wont be seen inside a shoe or boot so it doesn’t really matter.

I hope she likes the socks.  I still need to finish the second sock.  The pattern book was originally purchased when I used to knit socks for my dad.

At last some Shetland knitting for me

While we were in Shetland I visited Jamieson and Smith so I could purchase the colour cards for future knitting when back in Australia.  It means I can choose the colours and know they will be the actual colour which is so hard to do if you are choosing the colour from pictures on the internet.  Anyway, I also bought quite a lot of wool while we were there.

I have already made the Sheepheid tam by Kate Davies and now I am onto the second item which is a cardigan for me.  The cardigans, already knitted were on display in the shop and I liked the colours of the pale purple one so decided to purchase the wool to knit that.

I have finished the back and one side and have started on a sleeve.

I think I will still be knitting this by the time of the Tour de France so I will have knitting to keep me going.

These are the colours to be used on the yoke.Unfortunately I didn’t get the white which forms the background of the yoke so I have had to order that online.  It is cheaper to get it sent from Scotland than buying it online from an Australian stockist.

One wall in Jamieson and Smith.  I could have spent a small fortune.