Wool-bedecked visitors are now thronging Lerwick and making excursions much further afield for Shetland Wool Week 2018. It’s an incredible coordinated effort to provide the programme of events (not to mention the endless supply of homebakes). I hope all the organisers, teachers and hosts get to lie down in a darkened room for a while come October!
At a Tak Dy Sock (‘take your knitting’) night in the new Anderson High School building, I finally got to see the finished hand knitted bunting that staff, students and friends have been contributing to for months. It includes pennants for each subject and department in the school, from chemistry to the canteen, plus extras, like one based on each of the official Shetland Wool Week hat patterns from the last few years. The bunting is particularly striking after seeing Rosie Gibson’s documentary The Work They Say Is Mine at Shetland’s Screenplay festival. Gibson explained that her original impetus for making the film was a frieze in the old Anderson High School building, which purported to show Shetland work through the ages, but included no women at all. Gibson’s 1986 film was an attempt to fill in that major gap by exploring the history of women’s work in Shetland, which of course includes a lot of textile-making and related activities. Given the absence of both women and knitting from the old frieze, it seems meaningful that the new building is adorned with bunting knitted by (mostly) women. However, I’m told this mirroring was entirely unconscious! Inspiration came from Felix Ford’s Knitsonik Stranded Colourwork Playbook.
(Louise Scollay has a great blog post reflecting on The Work They Say Is Mine.)