(Photo: at Eshaness)
One of my friends said, “I didn’t know there are pilgrimages in World of Yarn (WoY)”.
I didn’t know, either.
But, I would have to say Shetland, with its strong tradition in fair isle sweaters, lace shawls and the sheep, has to rank as one of the top 10 “WoY” pilgrimage destinations.
I have wanted to go to the Shetland Islands for a very long time. And, I am lucky enough to say that I have just returned from a marvelous trip.
Knitting designers/gurus Gudrun Johnston and Mary Jane Mucklestone started running these fiber-centric tours to Shetland last summer. The moment the notice for this year’s trip was mailed out, I had my deposit down and flights purchased.
They took me, and 12 other knitters on a week-long journey through the islands, enjoying the fantastic landscape,
(Photo: Da Grind o’ da Navir in Eshaness)
the knitting tradition,
(Photo: Beautiful handspun, handknit sweater by Elizabeth Johnston)
and the current craft industry as it stands today.
(Photo: The beautiful studio of Morwenna Garrick, a textile designer)
We were based at the gorgeous Burrastow House, in Walls, where we were spoiled by Pierre’s fabulous cooking.
We saw a lot, crafted a lot, and had a grand time. More about the sheep we met during out Shetland adventure next time.