In less than two weeks I will be on Shetland for Shetland Wool Week with a bunch of chums. To say I am excited is somewhat under selling it.
So I have been preparing by destashing a load of yarn to friends and charities (I have to make room for what I happily intend to buy), planning which projects to take with me (short list of 6) and which knitted items to wear. My Marie Wallin Orkney is a must and I had hoped to finish her Mousa but, ho hum, summer got in the way.
I am looking forward to all the social gatherings and talks, and I am taking a few workshops.
First on the list is a book binding workshop using Fair Isle fabric. I have done book binding before and still make the odd tome from time to time, but the idea of making two lovely books as a memento is thrilling.
Next is a very intriguing day with the designer Helen Robertson who makes the most wonderful jewellery. The Workshop is called FISS knits and is an innovative way to get even more colour in to your knitting. I assume FISS means Fair Isle and Intarsia but I could be completely wrong. I am hoping to grab an interview with her while I am there and I’m pretty sure I won’t be able to resist some of those great earrings!
Earlier this year I was inspired by the colours of Langdale in the Lake District and have a hat design ready to go. So I am really looking forward to my workshop with Donna Smith to learn more about the different ways of creating traditional patterns in the crown. You can find out more about her designs here. Her The Good Years hat is in my shortlist to take with me.
My final workshops is needle felting when I hope to make a Yowe. I am a little daunted by this one because there is drawing involved and I draw like a 5 year old. But we will be attending the Shetland Flock Book sales so that will be really interesting.
For me, four workshops is plenty because I just want to hang out with my friends and meet other knitters from all over the world. I am arriving a few days early so that I can make the most of the scenery.
If you want to go to SWW next year my advice is book your accommodation in October and take the premium membership so you get to see the list of workshops early. When they go on sale in May, they sell out really fast, so having a few days to sort out your wishlist is really useful.
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