As some of you may have noticed Shetland has featured quite prominently in the media recently. First came the ‘Shetland Ponies in Cardigans‘ which made two locals the faces of Visit Scotland’s ‘Year of Natural Scotland’; then the Dance Pony Dance advert filmed up at Eshaness with ponies from Burra went a bit mad last week; and over the weekend our beautiful islands have featured not once but twice on the BBC with a little snippet of island life shown in ‘The Great British Winter’ on BBC2 on Saturday and finally the long anticipated ‘Shetland’ mini-series on BBC1 last night (Sunday).
‘Shetland’ is a 2-part murder-mystery drama based on Ann Cleeves’ novel ‘Red Bones’ and heavily features Shetland’s beautiful landscapes, culture (somewhat skewed for dramatic licence) and knitwear. We were quite excited to spot a few familiar pieces cropping up throughout it, including the Eid Top, Ireland pullover and something that looked remarkably like the Puffin Sweater by Kate Davies, but knitted in natural, undyed Shetland colours. Though it wasn’t the Puffin Sweater it was beautiful and gave us great ideas for producing one in our Supreme Jumper Weight… If you recognised any other pieces we would be love to hear about them from you! Also look out for more on the second part of the series shown at 9pm tonight.
One piece that featured prominently was the Peerie Flooers hat by Kate Davies. If you fancy making your own one Kate recommended shades from us that you could use, creating one that is truly Shetland made from Real Shetland Wool! You can purchase the pattern from Kate here and the shades she recommended are 202 and 14 for the background, and 29, 65, 131, 93, and 91 for the contrast colours.