Day 6 was an exciting day as we had a class with the most incredible Gudrun Johnson who as a Shetlander refer to my day 5 post is as modest as the best of them. We had the choice of either a hap or a lace shawl – I went with the hap to further my colour exploration.
We had a great class and by now knowing each other quite well the high jinx and laughter sang through the glass house.
After sandwiches for lunch and reluctant to stop knitting we all piled into Andrea’s wonderful luxurious bus to head off to the Shetland textile college for a tour. There were some hardy amongst us who continued to knit on the bus ride and I would thank all those years of technical reccies to prepare me for knitting on a bus – up the back on winding roads.
Next up was a tour of the Shetland Textile College where were where shown around the amazing facility and the high tech knitting machines – they do work for both students and on an hourly basis for outside clients and quite a bit of work is done for local and UK designers here.
We then went down to the Shetland Textile museum and managed to squeeze in a few more quality photos – aside from the continuing hilarity it was quite an amazing exhibition of knitting and textiles. Including this amazing print on the wall by a local artist – the guy on the left is the local bus driver and the one on the right is a builder – notice anything about his hand.
We then made out way back to Burrastow for a quick walk then dinner with another very special guest. Another knitter whom I have followed for ages online and once won a kit of yarn and pattern for a gorgeous shawl, the wonderful and amazing Helene Magnusson. Helene lives in Iceland but originally is from Paris – her enthusiasm for knitting and all things Icelandic is just quite wonderful. She showed us items from her book, shoe inserts and also her new line of wool – must get my hands on some of this – quite gorgeous!!!
Next on my knitting bucket list is one of her knitting treks in Iceland!!!! anyone interested!!
After another amazing dinner – this time of skate – my first time to eat this delicious dish.
We had the wonderful surprise post dessert guests of Ysolda and Bex who very graciously posed for photos with us – my final knitter hero crossed off my list I can now hang up the needles with pride – no actually it is gone past a hobby and is a pure addiction and i have quite a bit of wool to knit up now so the needles are still clicking…
We headed off to bed another fun filled day of knitting and knitting heroes met complete, wishing that this would never end…..
Pru did fall madly in love with Helene – love at first sight….