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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 […]

In Conversation with Donna Smith

I was looking through the many photos on my mobile phone, all of them carrying special memories, and I came across a few shots from January 2016. We were in New York at the Vogue Knitting Live show with Shetland Wool Week, and it still feels quite surreal that we were able to take a […]

In Conversation with Wilma Malcolmson

Wilma Malcolmson is one of my favourite knitwear designers in Shetland. Her subtle colour combinations are instantly recognisable and her garments are simply stunning. Wilma has been on the Shetland textile scene for a long time and her expertise and skill are highly valued, not just locally but internationally too. And as Wilma is one […]

Fair Isle and Storm Dennis

Notes from a February Fair Isle Adventure Wednesday 12th February ​After a long time the dream is finally coming true – we’re going to Fair Isle! ‘A bright green spot like an emerald on the wide ocean, this place is quite a world in itself; covered with grass of a most vivid luxuriant verdure.’ The […]

Ten Years of Shetland Wool Week

I had the privilege to be involved in organising Shetland Wool Week from its beginnings right until last year, when the time was right for a change and I left my full time job with Shetland Amenity Trust. As we celebrate the tenth anniversary of the event here are some highlights and notes about how […]