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February – Independent Publishers Month

By Hayley Anderton In my part of the book blogging world this February has been about celebrating independent publishers. It’s also been the month when you’ve unveiled your own new publishing project, which makes it the perfect time to ask you a few questions about your plans for 60 North Publishing and how they’ve come […]

Postcards from Shetland – Winter Wonderland

There is something so beautiful about Shetland when the sun comes through after wintery showers. The way the light reflects off the snow. The way the fresh snow crunches under your feet. We have been a little luckier with the snow this year – as has the rest of Scotland, we are so used to […]

Carrot Cake Recipe

Our Shetland Wool Adventures tours are designed to give an insight into Shetland’s knitting traditions and local textile industry. Each trip offers a blend of workshops and classes aimed at opening up the world of Shetland knitting, with walks and excursions to introduce the landscape and history of the islands. We visit some of Shetland’s […]

The Compass Wart

By Hayley Anderton If you walk west across the spine of the hills from Burrastow house towards Littlure, or east from Littlure towards Burrastow and keep a careful eye to the ground you might be lucky enough to spot the Compass Wart. Wart in this case seems to be a corruption of Varða[i]. Warts were […]

Shetland Wool Adventures Journal – A Dream Come True

So many challenges; but so much to be grateful for too When I reflect back on all that has happened in the past year I can’t help but think that it seems we are living in two parallel worlds at the same time. In one world everything came to a grinding halt and all the […]

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 […]