The Knitters' Tour - Itinerary

Mary T
Mary T
Cobweb Shawl

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Day One:

We'll start off our series of tours by familiarising ourselves with Lerwick, the capital town of Shetland - before visiting Shetland Wool Brokers, our Aladdin's Cave of wool products, patterns and knowledge.

We'll follow our visit to Shetland Wool Brokers by calling in at the Spinners, Weavers and Dyers Museum, where the history of Shetland's knitwear activity has been so carefully preserved.
Day Two:

Our tour today will cover parts of the South Mainland, with visits to Shetland Designer (traditional handframe designs), Da Warp & Weft Visitor Centre and Mill Shop at Hoswick, and Shetland Collection (Doreen Brown's workshop and display area). And of course, we can't afford to miss seeing the puffins at Sumburgh Head!

We'll take our lunch break at the Spiggie Hotel, and enjoy the wonderful panoramic view of Spiggie Loch and Foula as the backdrop to our meal.

In the evening we'll be able to enjoy the Islesburgh Exhibition (at the Islesburgh Centre, in Lerwick), with spinning & knitting demonstrations, local crafts and The Shetland Folk Dancers accompanied by traditional Shetland music.
Day Three:

Our day in the Westside and North Mainland will take us first of all to Jamieson's Spinning Mill near Sandness, where our famous Shetland wool is transformed from raw fleece into a fantastic range of knitting yarns.

From Jamieson's, we'll travel eastwards and northwards to visit Mary T. Designs in Brae. An innovative designer, Mary felts her knitting and produces a unique range of outer garments with the fabric.

Today's lunch-break will be a picnic stop at Ronas Hill, where we'll be able to enjoy breathtaking views with our meal. We'll then travel on westwards towards Eshaness, to visit Tangwick Haa Museum and Hoohevd Studio Gallery.

This evening's social activity will be a Hospitality Night, where we'll meet a selection of knitters and knitwear designers.
Day Four:

Today's tour will take us to the far north of Shetland, making use of two of our Inter-Island ferries. We set off this morning (via the Toft-Ulsta ferry) for Bayanne House in Sellafirth at the top end of Yell, where Liz Gott produces wonderful 3D knitted, framed pictures usually of the Shetland landscape.

From there, we'll take the short but pleasant ferry-trip from Gutcher to Belmont on Unst, Shetland's (and Britain's) most northerly island. We'll drive eastwards through Uyeasound to Muness (close to Muness Castle) to meet Margaret Peterson at NorNova Knitwear ... Margaret not only produces Shetland knitwear, but is also a hand-spinner of renown, making (amongst other things) the most beautiful cobweb shawls.
Mary T
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