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Dreaming of Shetland

Knitting
September 2013
Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi) ?
28 stitches and 48 rows = 4 inches in charted colorwork
US 2 - 2.75 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
400 - 600 yards (366 - 549 m)
Band circumference: 21 inches
This pattern is available for free.

This pattern is a teaser to get you thinking about sheep, wool, and knitting in the Shetland Isles of Scotland.

Last winter, I learned that my friend and editor, Deborah Robson, was at a point where she was feeling lost. At Cat Bordhi’s Visionary Retreat in Friday Harbor, Washington, Deb opened up to a group of like-minded knitting authors and explained her dream to travel to the Shetland Isles to study Shetland sheep and wool, and to share what she learned with knitters and spinners around the world. She also revealed her frustrations with finding the money to fund her travel and research.

Dreaming of Shetland is an upcoming ebook -- my effort to give back to Deb Robson, who is one of the most generous and open-hearted people I’ve known. I invited over 30 talented knitwear designers and writers to help me help Deb fund her Shetland project. In the pages of the ebook, you will find articles, essays, photos, and patterns donated by many of those who have been touched by Deb’s generosity, including:

  • Meg Swansen
  • Ann Budd
  • Franklin Habit
  • Beth Brown-Reinsel
  • Cat Bordhi
  • Anne Berk
  • Myrna I.A. Stahman
  • Sivia Harding
  • and many more…

What Deb learns in her research will apply to topics as small as the hats we put on our heads and as large as the global wool marketplace. I hope you will be intrigued enough to check out the Dreaming of Shetland ebook.