Experiencing the terrible weather last weekend, I thought I wasn’t going to make it up here on Monday. In the end, the ferry was cancelled – but I had decided months ago to fly. Right decision!
Flying in to Shetland is always impressive. The airport is at the southern end of a long finger of land, and the main east/west runway goes right across the land into the sea on both sides. On Monday the easterly wind meant we came in from the west, over an angry sea with the waves crashing on the rocks below. The sun was out at the time, and the light was beautiful.
Katherine, my friend from Kentucky, arrived later that night, and yesterday we both spent knitting and getting over jet lag!! We got as far as walking down the street and finding that Fibres, a lovely yarn shop, is no longer there. A big disappointment. In addition, the other yarn shop, which was taken over a couple of years ago, has reduced its range right down. Another disappointment.
Today we picked up a hire car, and headed off to J&S. That shop, too, had changed. NOT a disappointment!! The whole of the left hand side is now all the undyed ‘stuff’, ranging from the carpets, through the blankets, to the Shetland Supreme yarn, and to the tops and fleece.
The rest if the shop is pretty much as before – I just love the two walls of wooden cubby-holes full of yarn all colours of the rainbow.
I was pretty good, considering! I only bought 2.5 kg tops And ONE ball of yarn – that the denim-y colour aran for swatching for a sweater….
Then we were off down to the Museum to meet Connie for lunch. The café is one of the best bits of the museum in my opinion – huge glass windows looking out over Hay’s Dock, one of the very old small boat docks, to the newer port beyond. Even on a day like today (RAIN!!) it is a gorgeous view. And their seafood chowder is delicious!!
Now we are back in the flat, warm and dry. And I am putting off taking back a section of lace knitted in 2/28 cashmere…. My own stupid fault. But at least I have noticed it now, only 8 rows on, and not 8 ins back as is my usual habit.