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...