Saturday, December 3, 2016

To the mill

The only mill in the Shetlands.  Jamieson & Sons.  
Weaving for Italian upholstery,
Big stuff
Giant dyed cake of wool
The raw stuff
The mixer
The product 
Assembling sweaters 
Machine knitted pieces to be pieced 
The knitting machine
The shop 
The irresistible finished product... lovely to touch! 

Friday, December 2, 2016

Bears and buttons

The Burra Bear workshop.  Another bright and windy drive to the west.  She uses remnants and recycled knitwear to make the cutest bears!  Please, click on photos so you can see details.  Especially below, center top shelf is the little display of bears.  She was almost sold out...much is gone to retail, and minutes later a tour group arrived and snatched up the last ones.
Burra bear view:
Yes, someone is hanging out wool to dry.
We made silver buttons that day.  
And this is Lerwick.
The Methodist church where I tried out more buttton making...
Enamel buttons and shawl pin, which I will model someday.
FUN!   Welcome to Shetland Wool Week, 2016.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Weaving and nice things

I went to a weaving demonstration and was allowed to weave a bit on this rickety loom.  This young woman was presenting Monk's weave, which I had done in the 70's in Norway.  
It was held in an Art Wool shop in Lerwick with a feast for the eyes and hands!

A recommended book.

And recommended Jamieson &Son's.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Geocaching, of course!

Can't get past these guys!
What a beautiful day... lots of caches!  This was a series of many more caches than I wanted to do.  
And this young ram has a specially painted coat to show off his fine features. (I found this out from the local wool sorter... and he is not a native Shetland sheep.  IMPORT)

The drive and views were stunning.  Windy and stunning!
This took us north, between Lerwick and Laxo on the East coast. We saw sheep herding, ruins, and...SHEEP!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

A wooly day in Lerwick

A movie ticket to see Yarn.  The Movie!

And browsing for buttons, yarn and looong dpn's.   They are in those green cases in the center, 14-16" long, and used with knitting needle belts.  They come in 1-4 mm and locally are referred to as "wires".  Don't try to take these on the airplane!  They look lethal.


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