After a quick breakfast, we set out for Lerwick, and on the way there we decided to go for a walk along the beach first, before venturing into town.
|Wearing my Shetland hat, which became a very welcome, warm and trusty companion|
|The cemetery at the Knab|
|The view from the cemetary|
The Museum was an obvious choice, as DutchJan had told us that chef Mike always made the loveliest food. Unfortunately, Mike wasn't in, but his wife Lorna was. What a lovely woman!
|Inserts in the tables. A different craft in every table. How cute!|
|Drawers filled with even more treasures! I am so going to knit a hap shawl myself!|
|Colour samples for Shetland yarn|
|Who wouldn't want beautiful gloves like these!|
Before I went into town and Monique had to go to her first workshop, we chatted to some of the ladies working in the museum shop. And of course, the talk quickly turned to lace.
|Monique admiring hand-knitted lace|
I walked to Jamieson & Smith first, where a wool grading and sorting demonstration was going to take place. the big man of J&S, Oliver, has been working for the company for over 45 years, and there's nothign he doesn't know about wool. It's great listening to his stories, even though we couldn't always understand his Shetland brogue ;)
|Oliver grading the fleeces|
|The knitting belt|
I thoroughly enjoyed walking about in Lerwick...
|The view out to Bressay from Fort Charlotte, built to scare off the Dutch. It obviously did not work ;)|
|And back inland... you can just about see the communications tower at the southern tip of Bressay, south of Lerwick|
|The beautiful shop display at Ninian|
|A beautiful woven coat-skirt combo from organic Shetland woven tweed.|
|This lovely old lady, she must have been over 80, was really working the loom. I watched her work and chatted with her until closing time at the Bod of Gremista. What a joy!|
|A prize-winning lace knit dress, with beads. Beautiful! Again at the Bod of Gremista.|
|Some of the garments designed by Kate Davies|
|Kate and Cathy admire Monique's 'Across the beach'|
|Another great loom on display, an automatic, 28/32 shaft. Wow.|
|I have a feeling there will be some knit cushions entering our house too...|