Anchor iconShetland Knitting Tour

Shetland Islands

Rich Fiber Culture

We think every knitter should visit Shetland. 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 Trip Coordinator Tammy Thompson of Woolen Collectibles leads a unique tour of Shetland. Along with Shetland tour guide and weaver Andy Ross of Global Yell, the tour of Shetland 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.

 • 2020: JUNE 12 – 18  • 2020: JUNE 20 – 26
2020: AUG 24 – 30  • 2020: SEPT 1 – 7
ORKNEY 2020: SEPT 7 – 11

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Overview: Shetland Knitting Tour

Shetland Knitting Tour

DATES & PROGRAMS:
June 12 – 18: Spaces available = 0
June 20 – 26: Spaces available = 0
August 24 – 30: Spaces available = 0
September 1 – 7: Spaces available = 0
ORKNEY September 7 – 11: Spaces available = 3
For more information and to register for the Orkney Islands option, see Orkney Option, below.
If we are fully booked, we recommend that you sign up on our Wait List & Early Notification form as we may have cancellations. You can also choose to ensure that you get early notification about this event for the following year.

TO REGISTER: Register Now →
A $500 per-person non-refundable deposit is due upon registration.
No-smoking Policy: Because considerable time is spent in an eight-passenger van, the Shetland Knitting Tour is a no-smoking trip. Smokers carry odors in their clothing and hair that can make other passengers uncomfortable. If you smoke, please do not register for this trip.
Questions? Contact Tammy (406.756.8746).

LOCATION: Shetland, Scotland, UK

THE EXPERIENCE: Join a small group of knitters and fiber lovers 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: Private rooms in a B&B.

HEALTH & FITNESS: While we do relax often, we also walk to sites for meals and tours. Details under The Experience.

PRICING: $2,400 includes lodging, meals, knitting classes, local transportation, and site admissions. Details under Pricing.

TRAVEL: You make your own round trip flight arrangements to Shetland. Details under Travel.

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

The Experience

Shetland

We expect this to be an experience like no other, from the moment you board the ferry and start your tour knitting project.

This trip includes a visit to historic Lerwick and then touring on to the various Isles that make up Shetland. Also included is a visit to Jamieson Woolen Mills. Enjoy exploring and discovering the beauty of these rugged Isles. A knitting workshop will be held at our lovely B&B. Connect with the local folks, culture, and knitting of the stunning Shetland Isles.

Orkney Islands

For information on the Orkney Islands option, see ORKNEY OPTION, below.

Itinerary: Shetland

Subject to change. For 2020, we’re adding a tour and shopping at Uradale Farm, producers of organic Shetland yarn, and a workshop with Wilma Malcomson, knitwear designer.

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: Explore Lerwick. Departure ferry back to Aberdeen in late afternoon.

Day 8: Arrive in Aberdeen early morning.

Health & Fitness: Shetland Islands

While we do relax often and have a coach to transport us around the islands, we also walk to sites for meals and on tours. Getting on and off the ferry must be manageable. We recommend being able to walk at least a couple of miles. If you doubt your ability to tolerate this much walking, please contact us prior to booking the trip to discuss what accommodations are available.

We make every effort to ensure Trips for Knitters are accessible to as many people as possible. Please read the TFK Health & Fitness Tip.

Travel

Travel to Shetland: 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 of departure. It is about a fifteen-minute walk to the ferry. And from the ferry to the airport? The return trip is an overnight voyage; you will arrive the following morning at 7:30 am. If you plan to fly out this day an afternoon flight would be best, as you will need time to get to the airport. Otherwise you will need to book a hotel room for the night. The cost of a taxi from the ferry to the airport is 20 GBP; the ride takes about half an hour.

How do I make reservations for the Northlink Ferry? You can make your reservations for the Ferry online. Purchase ferry tickets for the first day and last day of your trip. So, if your trip is 12–17, you want a trip Aberdeen-Lerwick on the 12th and a trip Lerwick-Aberdeen on the 17th. We suggest getting a berth for your travel to Shetland. You may pair up or have your own room.


QUESTIONS? Contact Tammy at 406.756.8746.

Program

Program — Knitting Tour

Shetland Fingerless MittsShetland Fingerless Mitts. Mitts are a perfect small portable project to practice color work technique and color use.

Yarn: Jamieson Spindrift (100% Shetland wool; 115yds/25g), 1 skein each: #195 Moorland, #127 Pebble, #1130 Lichen, #274 Green Mist

Needles: Size 2 (3.00mm) 12” circular (cir) and double-pointed (dpn)

Gauge: 32st and 28rnds to 4" over pattern st

Notions: Markers (m); scrap of cotton yarn; tapestry needle

Lodging

Lodging: Knitting Tour

Participants stay in comfortable B&Bs in peaceful and scenic surroundings. Each knitter will have an en-suite room, with free wifi and a hearty breakfast. Each day begins leisurely with time for knitting workshop and relaxation.

Valley B&BAt Valley B&B, owner Pat is warm, friendly and an excellent knitter.

Hotel accommodations are included in the Trips for Knitters fee.


Cornerstone B&BThose staying at Cornerstone B&B can enjoy Grace’s hospitality and will be brought by van to Valley B&B for breakfast and knitting each morning.

Valley lodging

Valley lodging

Cornerstone lodging

Cornerstone lodging

Pricing

Pricing per Person

Per-person fee of $2,400 includes includes lodging, meals, classes, local transportation, and site admissions. You’ll want to have money for yarn shopping and personal expenses.

to register

Register Now →
• June 12 – 18: Spaces available = 0
• June 20 – 26: Spaces available = 0
• August 24 – 30: Spaces available = 0
• September 1 – 7: Spaces available = 0
ORKNEY September 7 – 11: Spaces available = 3
For more information and to register for the Orkney Islands option, see Orkney Option, below.

No-smoking Policy: Because considerable time is spent in an eight-passenger van, the Shetland Knitting Tour is a no-smoking trip. Smokers carry odors in their clothing and hair that can make other passengers uncomfortable. If you smoke, please do not register for this trip.

If we are fully booked, we recommend that you sign up on our Wait List & Early Notification form as we may have cancellations. You can also choose to ensure that you get early notification about this event for the following year.

A $500 per-person non-refundable deposit is due upon registration. Payment in full is due January 30 for the June trips and April 30 for the August and September trips. Questions? Contact Tammy (406.756.8746).

mailing address

Send checks to
Trips for Knitters • PO Box 1967 • Shepherdstown WV 25443

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.
• Cancellations within 60 days of start date of event may result in a partial refund only if the space is filled.
• There is no refund for cancellations less than 30 days prior to the start date of event.
• If a participant is reimbursed through insurance, Trips for Knitters will not process an additional refund.
We strongly urge participants to purchase travel insurance to cover airfare and event expense in the event of cancellation. Please read our Tips for Travel Insurance.

Read the Trips for Knitters Responsibility/Disclaimer Statement.

FAQ

FAQ — Trips for Knitters

How much does this trip cost?

Pricing is based on room choice (except for Block Island and Buffalo WY) and whether you choose private or shared. All prices are per person. See Pricing. We recommend reserving your space with the non-refundable deposit as soon as possible as the spaces will go quickly.

When is payment due?

After making your non-refundable deposit, you are welcome to make payments regularly from the time you register until the due date. See Pricing.

What will my expenses be?

The cost does not include airfare, transportation to/from airport or from another city, alcohol, personal items, and any optional activities. For Block Island and Buffalo WY, lodging is arranged directly with the hotel and is at the participant's expense.

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 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!

What is the schedule like?

At Trips for Knitters, we provide a balance of activities, knitting time, workshops and special events. Count on time during each day for relaxation as well as social time, great meals, and interesting local exploration. We never leave our lodging early in the morning and we never miss a meal! Specific trip schedules are listed in The Experience.

How do I get specific questions answered?

How do I register?

View the types of rooms in Lodging and contact us to ensure we can accommodate your room preference. Contact Trips for Knitters by email or phone to check availability and to register for the event.

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

For these events, 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 Non-Knitters, which pertains to any non-knitters traveling with you. Non-knitters participate in all activities as they choose, including day trips, meals and tours.

How do I connect with other  participating knitters?

We'll put everyone in touch electronically, facilitating email communication.

What should I bring?

We recommend traveling light. Once you have registered, you'll have access to Tips for Travelers, which includes a packing list.

I am on a specific diet. Can my dietary needs be met?

Most likely, but contact us to discuss. We can accommodate most diet issues with advance notice. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free diets are generally not a problem.

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 are the physical requirements of the trip?

We want every knitter to enjoy their trip and make every effort to ensure Trips for Knitters are accessible to as many people as possible. For specific trip details, see The Experience, above.

Some of the trips are more physically demanding and may not be suitable for everyone. Contact us if you have questions or wish to discuss the amount of walking, stair climbing or other physical demands, especially if you have back, knee, or hip issues.

To gauge your level of fitness, we suggest you honestly assess your ability to walk 1–5 miles at a reasonable pace. If you become short of breath, experience cramping or spasms, or find that this exacerbates a medical condition, you may not want to register for the trip. Contact us if you have questions about the physical demands of any trip.

While age is just a number, we need to screen participants over 75 years old to discuss the physical and mental demands of the trip. Send an email and a good time to call and discuss. We hope you’ll qualify without hesitation, but we want to be sure you are up to the trip before you register, pay, and embark on travel.

Please let us know if you have any mobility or medical issues which may affect your ability to fully undertake the event as described. We accept no liability for mobility or medical issues that we are not told about prior to the trip. Advise us of any changes after registering and before the trip takes place.

Any questions or concerns, we’re here to discuss in confidentiality. We want the best outcome and enjoyment for every participant of Trips for Knitters events.

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

Feel free to contact us to discuss whether this trip is appropriate for your limitations.

What if I need to cancel for some reason?

• 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.
• Cancellations within 60 days of start date of event may result in a partial refund only if the space is filled.
• There is no refund for cancellations less than 30 days prior to the start date of event.
• If a participant is reimbursed through insurance, Trips for Knitters will not process an additional refund.
• We strongly urge participants to purchase travel insurance to cover airfare and event expense in the event of cancellation. Please read our Travel Insurance Tip.

Read the Trips for Knitters Responsibility/Disclaimer Statement

ORKNEY OPTION

The Orkney Islands

September 7–11, 2020
Orkney OptionExtend your Shetland Knitting Tour with an optional add-on trip to
the Orkney islands, the island group closest to mainland Scotland. Space is limited to 7 guests.

• Spaces available = 3
Register Now →

Leaving from Shetland on September 7, we take a 40-minute flight to Kirkwall, Orkney, arriving in time for dinner after settling into our lodging.

• Experience a 17th-century Orkney hotel, offering modern conveniences while retaining original features and charms.
• Explore the neolithic heart of Orkney, visiting the Standing Stones of Stenness, the Ring of Brodgar, Maeshowe and the original neolithic village of Skara Brae by the shores of Skaill bay.
• Learn local history during a walking tour of beautiful Kirkwall.
• Support the local wool industry during our visits to The Wool Shed and Orkney Tweed.
• Work a knitting project using fiber from the local Zwartbles sheep.
• Of course, enjoy delicious meals, shopping, and other cultural options Orkney has to offer.
• Depart from Kirkwall Airport.
• Per-person fee of $1,800 includes airfare from Shetland to Kirkwall, Orkney ($1,716 if providing your own transportation to Kirkwall), lodging, meals, classes, local transportation, and site admissions. You’ll want to have money for yarn shopping and personal expenses.