As many of you know, I’m currently working hard on bringing together my research, patterns, photography and history for The Vintage Shetland Project.
This very special book is based on garments held in the collection at the Shetland Archives. I’ve selected a number of items from the collection and have meticulously charted and recorded stitch counts and patterns, to enable me to recreate them and from this information create multi-sized knitting patterns. My choice of pieces has not only been based on beauty, but also on the stories which they have each revealed. From the Suffragette Movement to WWII, prize winning knits to highly experimental work the book is proving to be incredibly rewarding and fascinating work.
I’ve recently held a photoshoot for the book, on the island of Vaila which is off the West coast of Shetland and surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean. It is a truly awe-inspiring and majestic location – but more of that later, first let me introduce you to some of the patterns that will be in the book and also give you a peek at some behind-the-scenes photos.
Here is my beautiful model, Ria, knocking at the door of Vaila Hall whilst wearing these beautiful pair of gloves featuring a Norwegian flower motif and knitted in organic Shetland wool produced from the sheep of Vaila.
The Vintage Shetland Project featuring 26 patterns, essays and histories is available for pre-order for only £25 (plus p&p).
You can pre-order your copy here
Please note that despatch will commence in early 2016.
The island of Vaila is a very special place, owned by Richard Rowland and his wife Dorota, accessible only by boat and home to Shetland sheep, ponies, seals and many, many sea birds. Richard describes Vaila as a microcosm of all that is Shetland – incredible scenery, nature, space and peace. I’m so very fortunate to be able to use the island as the backdrop for my book. When you arrive on Vaila you feel you have stepped into a fairy tale – after all how many places do you know that has a watchtower at the bottom of the garden!