Sunday was again dull and a bit drizzly, but we were not put off, and the weather did improve over the day. Today we went south, with the first stop being the Clikimin broch. This is in Lerwick, on an islet in Clikimin Loch, joined to the shore by a causeway. There are several rings of defensive walls with the broch tower in the centre. The entrance to the tower is very long and low – there are times when being short is an advantage! The tower would have been three or four storeys high, and roofed with wood
We carried on down the main road to Sumburgh, branching off every now and then to make textile visits! The first was to Barbara Isbister, a machine knitter who has an amazing colour sense. I had hoped for a waistcoat for my father, but she only had a female one in stock. So my father’s was ordered – and I bought the one in the shop!!
Next stop was to Neila’s shop, where I had bought the capes in May. She persuaded me to try on one of her ‘upside down’ jackets – and so my only problem was to choose which colour. Neila is great with colour, and I was surprised when she passed me a coral and khaki one – not my colours AT ALL!! But she was right! And I had to buy a pin to close it, didn’t I? I wasn’t the only one buying…
We had lunch at the Hoswick Heritage Centre. This has less knitting than before, but still have some interesting pieces.
Then it was on to the Croft House Museum.
This is set up as it would have been in about 1800, with all the tools and the furniture that would have been there. There was a hap shawl ‘drying’ on a stretcher, and baskets, or kishies, of wool. There were also files of photos from the later part of the Nineteenth Century showing life in the fields and croft.
And outside there were a couple of Shetland pony mares and foals. The only problem was that they kept following me round the fence..!!
Our final visit was to Doreen Brown. Doreen is an Orcadian who has lived in Shetland for many years. She is someone else who has a brilliant sense of colour and pattern while working within the traditional medium. She was apologising for having so little stock – several tours this past week had almost cleared her out!! But she spent time showing Anita how a computer can help in design, and we had a lovely time with her (as always!).
Our meal tonight was at the Queens. Very good! And coming out I finally remembered to take a pic of this sign just along the road:
Our final day was an easy one. Up and out for 9.30 and straight to J&S – well, we did stop for Nick to buy a paper so that he could do the crossword while we were shopping. Anita wanted to select a range of colours for swatching for eventual use in knitting Nick a Fair Isle sweater, and I wanted a range of pinks and reds as my J&S colours are lacking in that area. As ever, Sandra was brilliant at helping out, suggesting colour combinations and tweaking ideas. She also bagged everything up.
I admired a cape for its lovely, subtle shading – and it was Sandra’s design!
After visiting a selection of Lerwick shops, we made our way over to Nesting to see Margaret Peterson. We were a bit early, so we drove on out to the point and were rewarded with lovely views out to small offshore islands:
Then back to spend the afternoon with Margaret. She is such a good teacher and encourages her pupils, stretching them at the same time. She and I have similar views about teaching knitting, and it was funny how often she said the same things as I had been saying to Anita – often in the same words! I have learnt so much from her over the years…
For our final meal together we went over to the waterfront at Scalloway….
… to the Scalloway Hotel.
It was the first time I had been there, and I hope it won’t be the last. The food was truly delicious – fabulous fresh Shetland fare.
So now the goodbyes have been said. Nick and Anita leave before 6 am to drive down to catch their flight to Aberdeen and beyond, while I have a slightly more leisurely start, going to J&S to sort some stuff with Sarah and Oliver before taking the afternoon plane to Kirkwall. I stay a night on South Ronaldsay to pick up my dog, then home on Wednesday to start the final planning for the final NIFA trip in October!