today’s news

The new issue of The Knitter is out, and I have a short piece in it publicising the Shetland Fine Lace Project – an inspiring collaboration between the Shetland Amenity Trust, four fabulous knitters, and the lovely folk at Jamieson & Smith, (whose 1ply laceweight is the closest thing to Victorian handspun that there is). Pick up the magazine to read more about the project! And then pop over to the Shetland Museum and Archives where its impressive results are available to buy at a price that properly reflects the labour and skills of the women involved. I had the pleasure of meeting two of these women–Mary Kay and Hazel Laurenson–when visiting Shetland a few weeks ago. They really are incredible knitters: generous with their skills and knowledge, and passionate about their craft. It was a real privilege to have a cup of tea with Mary, and for Hazel to show me the beautiful Unst lace from the 1880s that she is painstakingly recreating.

Also, do you remember Fugue?

Well, the pattern is now available to buy in kit form from Lilith of Old Maiden Aunt Yarns. The kits come in three tasty colourways and contain the pattern, together with enough yarn to make a cosy set of tam & mitts. Lilith’s yarn is beautifully dyed (of course) and the base is a soft and sheepy corriedale. (I used the same yarn to make the Deco cardigan – pattern now forthcoming – watch this space!)