Today we had one of the classes i was most excited to see, a spinning class! Sue from the Shetland Guild of Spinners, Weavers, Knitters and Dyers came to the shop and we had a small class due to the space but also so the ladies could get some good one on one teaching
Sue did a bit of demonstration, but pretty soon they dived right in, they all had a bag of Shetland Combed tops to try out which meant they could just get going and try it out!
Me and Sandra had lots to do but kept having a look to see how the ladies were getting on, it looked very therapeutic!
Alongside the many knitters in the shop we also had a visit from a group which were on a Field Farm Tour, which is a group that takes Farmers and people involved in the agricultural sector on tours all over the world, and this week they are in Shetland. Oliver gave them a tour and told them all about what we do at J&S. It was great to have so many people in the shop who may do totally different things but they are all supporting Crofting and in turn Wool production.
A couple from the group presented Oliver with a piece of traditional Northern Irish pottery, Reggie and Ruth gave the set to Oliver as a thank you for his talk, which was really nice of them!
In the afternoon, Elizabeth Johnston from Shetland Handspun came to give a class on Shetland Lace, she talked about history and techniques and this class was a bit quieter than the others, i think there was a lot of concentrating!
all the ladies were helping and encouraging each other
So that was today, there is a great buzz around the shop and with so much stuff going on all over Shetland, especially in Lerwick its a good time to be a knitter in Shetland!
see you tomorrow!
happy knitting x