It is that time of year again. Time for the 2023 Patron to be announced and Shetland Wool Week hat to be launched.
The Patron is Alison Rendall, a perfect choice, and her hat is called Buggiflooer Beanie, the Shetland name for the flower, the Sea Campion. In her pattern there are colourways from 5 Shetland wool producers. Yarns from Jamieson's of Shetland, Uradale and Jamieson & Smith have colourways using 6 colours, and Laxdale Yarn and Aister Oo colourways using 2 colours.
There was a launch at the Shetland Museum on Friday night with Linda Shearer, last years Patron, handing over to Alison. Such a good evening meeting up and talking to folk. Then home to plan for a kit in a colourway in my handspun yarn over the weekend.
It is knitted and dressed, on a fawn background, and using 5 colours in the pattern.
The pattern colours are:
Light Moorit, Dark Moorit, Shetland Black, a natural Madder dyed shade, and for the centre rows of the flooers there is a very dark Madder dyed shade.That red in the centre rows is hard to get in a photo, but really adds something to the look of the hat.
I have 3 of the colours already spun, but need to spin the other 3 colours.
Fleece from my stash has been sampled and is ready to start the carding and spinning process.
So my plan is ready to produce kits, in a limited number.
... and the last photo of a stunning crown. I love the flower, simply done following Alison's design, with one half in the light moorit and the other half in Shetland black.
If you would like a kit in my yarn, send me an email, email@example.com
Kits should be ready in about 3 weeks, the cost is £65 plus postage.
Postage now varies outside the UK. I send the kits tracked and charge the cost price.
Email me - firstname.lastname@example.org -to book a kit.