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Shetland Lace Knitting

PostPosted: 08 Apr 2014, 17:48
by Aspasia
I thought this might be interesting to some of the knitters here. I'm not a knitter myself, but found it interesting anyway.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbfrnIgydho

Re: Shetland Lace Knitting

PostPosted: 08 Apr 2014, 17:56
by Totally Scrambled
I would have thought living in the Shetlands that people would need something knitted in a heavy yarn rather than lace. :-D
Dom

Re: Shetland Lace Knitting

PostPosted: 08 Apr 2014, 18:42
by Aspasia
You would think so, wouldn't you? :-D

It was often made for trade, in fact. I won't bore you with all the history, but knitted goods were one of the few things that Shetland crofters made or produced that they were entitled to 'own' and sell independently, so it was an important source of family income. Shetland lace is fine enough that you can pull a woollen shawl through a wedding ring.

Shetland women used to knit literally every minute they could, even while doing other tasks, if possible.

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Also, they invented Fair Isle knitting, too, of course. :-D

Re: Shetland Lace Knitting

PostPosted: 08 Apr 2014, 20:01
by julie62
I love knitting fair isle and find the history of knitting around the world fascinating. I think all the beautiful fine lace patterns are wonderful - one thing I've never had the patience for!

Re: Shetland Lace Knitting

PostPosted: 08 Apr 2014, 22:27
by wendy
Wow that is fine wool isn't it. I have knitted with 2ply.
Very beautiful

Re: Shetland Lace Knitting

PostPosted: 09 Apr 2014, 00:03
by manda
That is beautiful knitting....the shetland sheep have characteristics of the Gotlands so I can see where the Scandinavian link could come.

Re: Shetland Lace Knitting

PostPosted: 09 Apr 2014, 09:18
by albertajune
Such a talent to be able to knit with such fine wool, let alone have the patience.

Re: Shetland Lace Knitting

PostPosted: 09 Apr 2014, 10:27
by Aspasia
It is amazingly fine work. On the other hand, Anne Eunson, a well-known knitter of Shetland Lace, used the technique to knit her garden fence out of the same kind of twine that fishermen make their nets from.

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These are the needles she used to make it. I think that should count as an extreme sport!
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Re: Shetland Lace Knitting

PostPosted: 09 Apr 2014, 13:48
by Mo
Now that is superb. She can do me some chicken mesh.

Re: Shetland Lace Knitting

PostPosted: 09 Apr 2014, 20:24
by julie62
That's fantastic - Shetland is so on my to do list! )t'

Re: Shetland Lace Knitting

PostPosted: 10 Apr 2014, 01:54
by manda
Oh WOW!!!

Re: Shetland Lace Knitting

PostPosted: 10 Apr 2014, 06:23
by Aspasia
Mo wrote:Now that is superb. She can do me some chicken mesh.


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Me too! It would be the palace of all chicken runs!