Monday, 21 September 2015

Shetland Wool Week 2015

Shetland Wool Week is 26th to 4th October 2015. Again, I'm not able to attend this event. As a substitute, as such, I ordered a copy of the Shetland Wool Week Annual: Volume 1 which arrived in the post at the weekend. This is a new publication full of patterns, inspiration and essays. Designers and contributors include, Ella Gordon, Hazel Tindall, Kate Davies, Outi  Kater, Gudrun Johnson, Donna Smith and others. Donna is this years patron and designer of the hat on the cover, the very popular 'Baa-ble Hat'. I'm enjoying reading the articles about knitting and it's importance in the Shetland Isles and browsing the knitting patterns for future projects.

I first picked up a copy of the pattern for the Baa-ble Hat at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival in March. It's also included in the Shetland Wool Week publication and is available to download free via their website. 

A few weeks ago I made a start on the hat project. I had a selection of un-dyed yarn from our Shetland sheep and wondered if I could use the colours to make this hat. Black, grey, brown and white provided enough substitute shades and contrasts. This is a lovely pattern and easy to knit. It's a fun hat for both adults and children. The instructions are for the adult size but you can find a guide to knitting a child sized version on Donna Smiths blog.

Here's a few images of my Baa-ble Hat project...


  1. Absolutely adore the baa-ble hat. It works really well in your colours. I'm going to the Shetland wool week website right now.
    Cheers, Gail (in Nottingham for a few days).

  2. Your bobble hat is great. I think that the colours work look lovely together. They look like a snowy cloudy winters day. I really want to make it to Shetland wool week at some point (fingers crossed for next year) but for this year am looking forward to my annual arriving soon in the post.

  3. I am the same, would love to go one day so bought the small magazine instead. And I love my baa-ble hat! Your coloursare great.

  4. Love that hat - and how amazing it is coming from your sheep, I am in awe!

  5. Your knitting is so neat. The colours you chose are lovely.Do you spin your own wool? :)

    1. Thanks so much. I wish I had enough hours in the day to spin the wool too. I've been sending the fleeces to someone else to process and do the spinning part.

  6. Aw so pretty! I can't wait to get mine on again - the only good thing about the weather getting worse! :)


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