This week’s FOMO for me has been watching folks on Instagram heading off to the North Atlantic. We are in the midst of the annual migration of knitters to the festival that celebrates colorful, traditional knitting.
It’s Shetland Wool Week!
(Go ahead and download this year’s free Wool Week pattern—it’s an annual tradition where a Wool Week Patron designs a hat. This year, Oliver Henry put sheep and ships all over his Roadside Beanie design. There’s a great photo of a roomful of them on Instagram.)
Searching for Shetlandish listening, I came upon a Fruity Knitting video podcast (see it up top), with a bunch of folks Andrew and Andrea tracked down during last year’s Shetland Wool Week. Settle in with your knitting for a good 90 minutes of fiddles and landscapes and vintage knits and wool and tons of knitters. We are reminded that many Shetland knitters knit to put food on the table, not as a hobby. We visit with the legendary Hazel Tindall. We see colorwork galore. It’s great.