If you've watched the TV show, Shetland, you may recognize this building.
Almost every morning a seagull was sitting outside the hotel room window. I fed him cereal (it liked the Frosted Flakes!) and he (she?) seemed to like its treat a lot and didn't want to share with other seagulls who tried to grab a few flakes. I named him Swatch.
I'm ready for Up Helly Aa. This was taken during the Shetland Wool Week opening ceremonies.
This house in Lerwick is used as Jimmy Perez' house in the TV show Shetland.
From the room at the Lerwick Hotel - talk about a room with a view!
I took a class on color and creating a mood board. Here is Joanna Hunter, the teacher and owner of Ninian, taking a photo of my mood board. It was a really enjoyable class.
Wendy Inkster in her Burra Bears studio. Everyone we met, from visitors/knitters, to shop owners, to designers, to clerks, etc, etc,...EVERYONE, were so nice and friendly and always had time to talk. I couldn't have felt more welcomed in Shetland.
It wasn't long until faces were familiar as we saw them time and again. This included the Shetland knitting celebrities (Hazel, Donna, Ella), people I'd met a year ago in Shetland. I finally got to meet Mary Jane Mucklestone. We'd been in contact for a couple of years but had never met. By the way, check out her books and designs. She is very talented - she's wearing her Stopover sweater.
Very quickly, Shetland Wool Week was over and it was time to say goodbye to the beautiful landscape,
the Shetland ponies,
and the fields of sheep everywhere.
If you haven't been to Shetland I wholeheartedly recommend going, at any time of year, but Wool Week is the best for knitters, The dates for next year have been posted: September 23 to October 1, 2017. Shetland is now one of my favorite places.
Vacation wasn't over yet, however. Next stop: London and the Knitting & Stitching Show.