This year during Shetland Wool Week we ran another full programme of classes in Hoswick - 'Hoswick Wool Week'!
We welcomed so many lovely, interesting people from all over the world, and of course lots of locals too, at our workshops in Hoswick, at the Visitor Centre.
Elizabeth and I would like to thank all of those involved. In no particular order... Samantha, Mavis, Amy, Katie, Kayleigh, Callie, Katrina, Megan, Willie, Mom, Martha, David, Wilma, Cecil, Anne, Kathleen, Rosemary, Cecil, Richard, Margaret, Vivienne, Julia, Anne, Janis, Selina, Joyce, Steve, the Sandwick wool week trolley dash kids, (and any who I may have inadvertently left out!) and lastly but most importantly - all our visitors.
Particular thanks to Samantha, our 'reporter at large', who very much captured the atmosphere of our Hoswick Wool Week - and kept our followers on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter up-to-date with pictures of all the activity.
Shetland Wool Week began with a celebration in Lerwick, which featured a performance by Hjaltibonhoga. The fiddlers wore bespoke Nielanell knitwear, designed for their appearances at the 2014 and 2015 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Samantha managed to capture a little bit of them playing on video - what a sound...
The fiddlers of Hjaltibonhoga, wearing bespoke Nielanell
Our classes in Hoswick
Tom has shared pictures of the transformation of his batt into yarn. Look forward to seeing it knitted up...
Gudrun Johnston and Mary Jane Mucklestone waiting patiently for their group of 'artists', who were all enjoying themselves playing with paint brushes, dyes and wool. We love being on the itinerary for Gudrun and Mary Jane's Shetland trips.
All the dye classes proved really popular again this year...
Improvers and beginners worked on their skills, with machine and hand-knitting on the go...
It's not all about wool
Cecil Tait of Paparwark Furniture showed us how to make a shawl pin, with some 'simple' wood-whittling.
The perfect end to an inspiring week
Our 'At Peace' Sunday lunch and wooly free-for-all. Make sure to watch the video by Selina - Wool Week co-ordinator (THANK YOU for everything, Selina) - it features Martha and David's wonderful tunes.
One of the most endearing memories of the week was when I saw Rorie (now a Hoswick Wool Week regular) teaching his son how to spin.
Our new friend DJ - from Atlanta - who is now a converted 'Hoswick Girl'. DJ came to me for spinning lessons before wool week started - she thoroughly got into the swing of wool week in Hoswick and was down often. Welcome to our world, DJ!
With a huge THANK YOU to Rosemary, Cecil, Richard, and all the the visitor centre lasses who have ensured that the Visitor Centre is THE place to be for Shetland Wool Week.
And of course, THANKS to Joyce, who put on the most amazing spread for our lunch guests.
Mom welcomed crowds to the studio shop
Pupils from Sandwick school arrived with their decorated trolley, here Elizabeth explains what on earth we're all up to!
Further reading & listening
We've really enjoyed reading and hearing other perspectives on Wool Week. Here's a few that you might enjoy too:
Kate Davies, knitwear designer
- Kate has some great pictures and thoughtful words on her Wool Week experience >>
Donna Smith, knitwear designer
Patron of Shetland Wool Week 2015
- Read Donna's account of her very, very busy Wool Week - great to have a Shetlander's viewpoint >>