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Anchor iconTours of Shetland — Knitting & Weaving

Anchor iconTours of Shetland — Knitting & Weaving

Shetland Islands

Rich Fiber Culture

We’re pleased to offer two options for Shetland in 2018: Knitting Tour and Weaving Workshop. Please note differences in itinerary and transportation in the trip details below.

We think every knitter and weaver should visit the Shetland Islands. Inspire your work. Delve into the history of the people, culture, and fiber arts. View unparalleled scenery and thousands of sheep along with Shetland ponies, puffins and other shore birds.

Wool has played an important role in Shetland’s modern history. The islands are one of the few places in the world where wool has been continuously grown, processed, knitted and sold, for centuries. Every stage of production — from sheep to finished sweater — is evident.

A great deal of work has gone into preserving and reviving Shetland's cultural heritage and wonderful museums abound, many rich with knitting and textile displays.

Trips for Knitters has partnered with Tammy Thompson of Woolen Collectibles to offer a unique tour of Shetland. Along with Shetland tour guide and weaver, Andy Ross, of Global Yell, we offer a textile tour of Shetland, which takes in the length and breadth of the islands, its heritage, history and beautiful scenery as well as its unique textiles identity. With groups of no more than eight, Tammy and Andy ensure you experience Shetland with ease.

View our Shetland Islands photo carousel:

Overview: Tours of Shetland

Tours of Shetland

DATES & PROGRAMS:

• 2018: AUG 26 – SEPT 1 — Knitting Tour
• 2018: SEPT 3 – SEPT 7 — Weaving Workshop
If fully booked, get on our wait list as we may have cancellations.

TO REGISTER: Contact Tammy Thompson.

LOCATION: Shetland, Scotland, UK

THE EXPERIENCE: Join a small group of fibre & craft lovers, knitters, beginner and intermediate weavers, and textile designers for a guided tour of Shetland with a focus on the rich historical and contemporary textile and knitting culture, including visiting mills and yarn shops.

LODGING: Knitting Tour: Private rooms in a B&B. Weaving Workshop: A hotel room in the small town of Brae.

ACCESSIBILITY: While we do relax often, we also walk to sites for meals and tours. Longer walks are optional though some short hikes will enhance your appreciation of the natural beauty of the area. We recommend being able to walk about five miles.

PRICING: $1899 includes lodging, meals, knitting classes, local transportation, and site admissions. Full details under pricing.

TRAVEL: You make your own round trip flight arrangements to Shetland. See travel tab for more information.

TIPS FOR TRAVELERS: Read the Trips for Knitters Responsibility/Disclaimer Statement.

The Experience

What to Expect — Knitting Tour

We expect this to be an experience like no other, from the moment you board the ferry and start your tour knitting project. See Woolen Collectibles Trip to Shetland Isle for 2018.

Itinerary

(subject to change)

Day 1: We board Northlink Ferry at 5:00pm; we start our knitting project.

Day 2: Arrive in Lerwick. Settle in. Knitting.

Day 3: We meet up with Andy and explore the south mainland. We will drive to Levenwick and visit Laurence Odie Knitwear, designer Neila Nell, and Hoswick Visitor Centre. We will have a picnic lunch at St Ninian’s Isle and spend the afternoon at Sumburgh Head lighthouse and bird cliffs.

Day 4: We explore the west side of the Isle. In the morning we will drive to Jamieson’s Spinning Mill in Sandness and see where our beloved "Spindrift" is created, stopping along the way to look at peat cutting and views. On the way back, we will have a picnic overlooking one of the bays. We will spend the afternoon at the Shetland Museum.

Day 5: North Isles. We head northwards to Yell, with beach walks and scenic views. Lunch will be at GlobalYell studio. In the afternoon we visit Unst. Lunch is at Final Checkout. We ferry back to Mainland in the evening.

Day 6: North mainland. The morning is Eshaness via Gunnister, Tangwick Haa. Coffee and tea. Lunch is at St Magnus Bay Hotel. Afternoon is Scalloway and Burra. Evening meal is at Scalloway Hotel. Accommodations are in Lerwick.

Day 7: Departure. Ferry back to Aberdeen.

What to Expect — Weaving Workshop

This is a rare experience to extend your knowledge of weaving in the stunning surrounding of the Shetland Isles. See Woolen Collectibles Weaving Workshop in Shetland Trip.

Itinerary

(subject to change)

Day 1: Check in at our hotel; settle in and explore Brae.

Day 2: In the morning, we’ll meet the Andy our master weaver who will be facilitating the workshop. We will gather inspiration from the stunning landscape of Yell. We will be exploring the topography of Yell, taking many photos for our next day’s workshop.

Day 3: Discover the special, tangible nature of color in fibers and fabric. Connect color to texture, pattern, and meaning through your surrounding environment.

Day 4–5: We will start warping and weaving the colors and texture of Yell.

Day 6: Farewell to Shetland.

Travel

Travel to Shetland Islands: Knitting Tour

You make your own flight arrangements to Aberdeen, Scotland and purchase a round trip ferry ticket form there to Shetland. We'll be in touch to advise about this.

How do I get from the airport to the ferry? If you arrive in Aberdeen the same day we take the Ferry (not recommended) a taxi is the best way to travel. The fee for the taxi is around 20 GBP. We recommend staying at the Hilton Garden Inn in the city center the night before and then walking or take a taxi to the Northlink Ferry the day if departure. It is about a fifteen-minute walk to the Ferry.

How do I make reservations for the Northlink Ferry? You can make your reservations for the Ferry online. We suggest getting a berth for your travel to Shetland. You may pair up or have your own room.


Travel to Shetland Islands:Weaving Workshop

We suggest booking a flight for arrival in Shetland on September 3. You will be picked up at the airport when you arrive. Flights are available on Logan Air from various UK airports.


QUESTIONS? Contact Tammy Thompson of Woolen Collectibles at 406-756-8746 or woollencollectibles@gmail.com.

Programs

Program — Knitting Tour

This cowl is a great introduction to Fair Isle knitting. We will be working with six different colors. The colors graduate from dark to light. This project uses Jamieson’s Spindrift, a fingering weight yarn and a size 4 US (3.5mm) 24" circular needle which should be adjusted according to your typical gauge. Supplies needed include stitch markers and a tapestry needle.

Cowl: 24" circumference, 8.5" width.

Shetland CowlYarn colors in picture: Jamieson’s Shetland-Spindrift (100 % Wool; 115 yds/25 g): #153 Wild Violet, #350 lemon, #261 Paprika, #375 Flax, #187 Sunrise, #1190 Burnt Ochre; 1 skein each


Program — Weaving Workshop

Over the five-day workshop, you will begin by exploring the landscape of the Isle and taking photos to gather inspiration for your weaving project. Then it is off to Andy’s studio to learn about texture, design, and color. How can you take the colors in your photos and turn it into something beautiful? Then you will start warping and weaving in beautiful Shetland wool. Andy will share his extensive knowledge of weaving tweed. This is a rare experience to extend your knowledge of weaving in the stunning surrounding of the Shetland Isles.

Lodging

Lodging: Knitting Tour

We will be staying in a lovely B&B in peaceful and beautiful surroundings. Pat is warm and friendly and an excellent knitter. Each knitter will have a cozy, comfortable en-suite room, with free wifi and a hearty breakfast.


Lodging: Weaving Workshop

Participants will enjoy well-appointed hotel room in the small town of Brae. Outside of workshop hours, you’ll have the chance to live like a local. We'll help you get your bearings and suggest great local places to shop and wander.

Pricing

Pricing per Person

Per person fee of $1899 includes includes lodging, meals, classes, local transportation, and site admissions. You’ll want to have money for yarn shopping and personal expenses. $500 per person non-refundable deposit due upon registration with Woolen Collectibles. Payment in full is due January 15 for spring events and April 30 for fall events. We accept partial payments up to that date.

to register

Contact Tammy Thompson of Woolen Collectibles at 406-756-8746 or woolencollectibles@gmail.com.

cancellation policy

• The $500 per person non-refundable deposit is just that: non-refundable.
• All cancellations must be in writing. Email is acceptable.
• Cancellation does not necessarily result in a partial refund.
We strongly urge participants to purchase travel insurance to cover airfare and event expense in the event of cancellation. Shop through AAA, your travel agent or online sources such as Travelex.

Read the Trips for Knitters Responsibility/Disclaimer Statement.

FAQ

FAQ — Shetland Islands

I'm not a really experienced knitter so will I be able to do the project?

We plan projects that are accessible by knitters at various levels of experience, complexity in knitting, and interest. For those not as confident in their knitting, this can be a great time to move past some of your apprehension with experts to help you along. We also believe that you it's your knitting and if you choose not to do the project or to do it a different way, that's fine. We want you to make the most of your knitting in your way, and it's different for all of us. You still get the project yarn, whether you knit it or not!

How do I get specific questions answered?

Can I bring my husband, friend, family member who is not a knitter?

For this event, we charge everyone the same, so that person sharing your room will pay the same amount as you, but you will each pay the shared room rate, which is less than the private room rate. Please read our Notes for Husbands, which pertains to any non-knitters traveling with you. Non-knitters participate in all activities as they choose, including day trips, meals and tours. If there are several non-knitters we may be able to schedule some side trips for them.

How do I connect with other  participating knitters?

We'll put everyone in touch electronically, facilitating email communication, about three months before departure.

What should I bring?

We recommend traveling light.

Do we have to assist in meal preparation or clean up?

You do not have to prepare meals or clean up. You do not have to make your bed! It really is a relaxation trip with a light schedule and lots,of time for knitting, connecting with others, learning and doing what you want.

What is the schedule like?

A balanced mix of knitting or weaving, workshops, and getting out to see the local sights. The day starts with coffee at our lodging and a delicious breakfast. From there, we'll embark on an adventure. Most dinners will be at local establishments, followed by relaxing in the lounge area. The schedule allows for time alone, with others, and for walks or reading.

I have physical limitations and wonder if I'll be able to manage this trip?

While we do relax often, we also walk to sites for meals and tours. Longer walks are optional though some short hikes will enhance your appreciation of the natural beauty of the area. We recommend being able to walk about five miles.

What if I need to cancel for some reason?

We recommend travel insurance to cover airfare and event expense should you need to cancel. You can shop through AAA, your travel agent or online sources. The cancellation policy as stated at the bottom of pricing:
• The $500 per person non-refundable deposit is just that: non-refundable.
• All cancellations must be in writing. Email is acceptable.
• Cancellation does not necessarily result in a partial refund.
• We strongly urge participants to purchase travel insurance to cover airfare and event expense in the event of cancellation. Shop through AAA, your travel agent, or online sources such as Travelex.

Read the Trips for Knitters Responsibility/Disclaimer Statement