I've arrived in a Lerwick that seems to embrace Wool Week even more each year. You don't have to walk far to find a shop window featuring Shetland wool and Shetland knitting.
Before I did anything else this morning though I headed straight for Jamieson & Smith, where I was the first one through the door. I think they were half expecting me and were probably getting out the black bags ready. Yes, it was straight down the stairs to every handspinners dream room - Oliver Henry's fine fleece store. The room soon filled with other spinners keen to find that special fleece, or two, or more..... Oliver joined us and we were soon hearing fascinating information from him about Shetland sheep and fleece. This is a post by Oliver for Wovember and gives you an insight into his vast knowledge, experience and passion for Shetland wool.
This is a little glimpse into the fleece store - before we all started finding our special fleeces .
I may now have conquered my aversion to knitting with double-pointed needles, having learnt from Hazel how to overcome my 'issues'. It's certainly quicker to knit small diameters in the round on dpns than my usual method of 2 circular needles.
I celebrated my new skills by treating myself to a browse through the basket of Shetland Knitting Belts on the counter - all in the most fabulous colours ever! I was totally spoilt for choice, but in the end chose a bright purple with pink stitching.
We knitted wrist bands, choosing our own colours - yes, just look at the walls of yarn in the background - and were inspired by seeing all the beautiful samples of Fair Isle knitting that Hazel had brought with her. I was thrilled to actually finish one of the pair just in the morning class.
Tonight there is the opening ceremony to look forward to, and lots of catching up with friends, including meeting Ravelry friends in person for the first time.