I spent some time at Jamieson and Smith, Loose Ends (the Lerwick LYS and also apparently the biggest yarn store in Scotland ...well worth a visit ... the owner also runs the Shetland fudge shop over the road) and also the Lerwick museum. The textiles exhibition is very involving, I spent over 3 hours poring over just the lace and fair isle exhibits. There were some ladies from the WSD and I met Hazel Tindall (the world's fastest knitter) and I had a go at a traditional Shetland spinning wheel. I didn't buy much yarn but got the kit for the Weisdale tam and mittens. I've finished the mittens but the tam is taking forever on small needles.
I'd like to go back to Shetland with some more time to visit Yell and Unst. I'll wait until the new textile museum opens in Walls sometime next year. Anyone else fancy it?
I came home to find my vegetables (and the weeds) had put on a growth spurt in all the rain we've had these past few weeks. I've also found myself strangely attached to my vegetable patch and am dissappointed that I won't harvest the brussel sprouts or jerusalem artichokes before we move. The new place has a much larger south facing garden but is mostly gravel at the moment so will take some work to get vegetables next year. I've also mentioned chickens a few times to DH but we'll need to check the deeds to house if we're allowed to get some.
The weather forecast left me with a dilemma, to dye or not to dye. Last week the decision was made for me. I was nearly good to go when the estate agent phoned to say that the viewer from Monday wanted to come back for a second viewing (this is the person that then made us the offer). The forecast for saturday was poor but turned into an ok day after all so I was dissappointed I wasn't organised. I decided to go for it on sunday and it was a great day (I even got a bit sun burnt). I got around 20kg of yarn and roving dyed and its drying at the moment. I think I'll not be doing anymore until we're settled in the new place. There's so much from this batch that I think I won't be able to part with .... especially some purple sparkly laceweight. I'll take some more pictures once its all dry.I haven't forgotten about the promised contest ... I guess lots of other things have distracted me. I did finally post my PIF gifts the week before last and am hoping they haven't got caught up in Canadian customs. I'm hoping my PIF pals like what I've made for them.