10 Favourite Shetland Knitting Books

by Hayley Anderton This is not meant as a definitive list, or even a best of list, rather these are ten books that I’ve collected over the years, refer to consistently, and want to celebrate a bit. There are new books in the offing from Mati Ventrillon (Knitting from Fair Isle) this autumn, Gudrun Johnston […]

Postcards from Shetland – Ronas Hill

You know that feeling you get after a good long walk, like your body and mind are completely refreshed and recharged? It’s not news that nature is good for us, but sometimes especially when things are busy, it’s easy to forget. I have been enjoying a newly-found routine of being focused and working hard throughout the […]

10 Favourite Books about Shetland

by Hayley Anderton My list of favourite books that are specifically about Shetland are an odd bunch, it’s a place that often crops up as part of a journey but is more rarely the sole focus. This starts with The Orkneyinga Saga. Written in the early 13th century when Shetland and Orkney were Norse possessions […]

Postcards from Shetland 11/07/20 – Uyea

You will hear this from me over and over again – Shetland is a marvellous place for walking. What I appreciate most is the easy access and the fact that you’re never far from a great walk. Since our coastline is fairly long (1679 miles) you can pick a section and set off for a walk […]

Postcards from Shetland 27/06/20

The weather has been marvellous over the past week. Well, at least I think so, as the days seem to just fly by and merge together somehow. Have you been feeling the same? We are keeping our usual routines up and things have been busy but I still can’t help myself thinking about time and […]

Postcards from Shetland 20/06/20

Happy summer solstice! The other day I was asked this question as part of an interview for SHETLAND.org: “In Shetland, I’m happiest when…” My answer was “When I can be outdoors walking along the stunning coastline.” Often, when work is very busy and my head is buzzing with ideas, the only way to calm down is to […]

Postcards from Shetland 13/06/20

The second week of June and the weather has been what you imagine summer at 60° north be like. Bright sunshine but cold winds, still days but under a lid of impenetrable cloud – that’s why most of the photos from this week look so dark. It’s strange, you don’t think about it at the […]

Postcards from Shetland 06/06/20

A week of ever-changing weather and much excitement I won’t lie, the past few weeks have been tough and exhausting. Between working very hard to keep things going, homeschooling as well as starting a new project there has been little time to rest and recharge batteries. Most of the time it feels like being on […]

Postcards from Shetland 30/05/20

As I write the start of this post (Tuesday morning) we are still in lockdown here in Scotland. This means our walks are limited within short distances of our homes and until recently we have only been allowed outside once a day. You can imagine it’s been tough not being able to get outdoors properly, […]

Postcards from Shetland 22/05/20

This morning I was speaking with Andy Ross from Global Yell who is currently in London. Andy set up GlobalYell in 2006 and his charity, based in Yell, has been working in textiles education and training since then. Andy trained as a singer but he has a special interest in textiles, tweed in particular. He grew up […]