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Old Knitting Fair Unst Shetland Knitting Cat's Bird's Eye Fern Small Hap Print and Fair Isle Base Child's Fair Isle Fair Isle Norwegian Fisherman's Suggestions for Fair Isle Churchill Pagoda Pattern amp Intaking Selection of Star Patterns Various Component Patterns and Allover Designs 87 Old Patterns from Robbie Williamson's pattern book . . 112 Norwegian Lumber Ten years ago the 'knitting' shelf in most bookshops and libraries held a few ancient, grey, and predictable volumes on the twin-set...

Old Knitting Catalogue

Gossamer Crocheted Wedding Veil

Researching a book can be more exciting than writing it. The people, cups of tea and home-bakes, and the very special pieces of knitting I was shown helped in this task. Descriptions and photographs will never recreate the charm of seeing and handling a rare shawl or allover and hearing first-hand of its creation and the special details that make it totally unique. Much of the old knitwear has left the isles, for the folk had to sell their work. The smart allovers seen today show the affluence...

Dubied Bobins Antique Knitting Machine

Machine Knitting Patterns

Many Yell folk have taken advantage of the regular ferry service to cross the Sound and work on the Mainland, especially at the oil port of Sullom Voe. Those that remain continue to work in much the same way as their forebears crofting, fishing and knitting. Much of the island is moorland, the soil poor, and in the past crofters often delled ten acres by hand. The first plough on the island, one man recalled, did not appear until 1917. The coastline is more interesting and of course the sea has...

Skerries

The trip to Skerries is not to be forgotten. Three hours in a small, cold boat with black skies and tossing seas is not my idea of travelling in comfort, so as the pier lights of Skerries came into view I looked forward to my four nights on dry land. Wind and rain greeted us but the pier was crowded with folk collecting their errands and hearing the news. A strong impression of Skerries is a constant bustle rather than the 'manyana' existence of so many remote communities. Three small islands...

Fair Isle

Fair Isle Knitting Patterns

In his essay 'Random Memories The Coast of Fife' Robert Louis Stevenson describes Fair Isle thus Halfway between Orkney and Shetland, there lies a certain isle, on one hand the Atlantic, on the other the North Sea bombard its pillard cliffs sore-eyed, short-living, inbred fishers and their families herd in few huts in the graveyard pieces of wreckwood stand for monuments there is nowhere a more inhospitable spot. Belle-isle-en-Mer Fair Isle at Sea that is a name that always runs in my mind's...

Crochet Wedding Dress 2

Antique Knitted Shawls

Imagine a giant cobweb and you are probably picturing nature's version of one of the beautiful, handspun Unst shawls. In this, the most northerly of Britain's isles, the women spun and knitted delicate lace and have become world famous for the quality of their work. Although as an industry this died out during the First World War, when knitters turned their hands to producing gravets and body belts for the troops, it is continued today as a craft on a small scale, more for interest than profit....