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Shetland wool socks

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On another visit to Scalloway museum, I spotted a beautiful pair of dark Shetland wool socks and was introduced to Emma, a 92 year old knitter, who was working away on some red knitted lace in the museum café.  She had made the socks many weeks before and created many knitted items for sale in the museum.  It was a privilege to talk to her about Scalloway and her life in Shetland.

Textiles are such an important part of Shetland heritage. When getting an induction to the boat by our skipper, I noticed that many words connected to the boat were similar to those in textiles…  warp, making and casting off, tacking, coils, wires

 

Immigrant by James Sinclair

Fill my pockets with lochs

the wind will fit snug in my wallet.

I will weave a scarf of mackerel, haddock and trout

the good fit of sheep on my feet.

My jacket, knitted peat and heather

with a bottle of good humour for the journey.

Planks of fishing boat bound tight as a belt

the sails making dandy trousers.

My back-pack holds the entire ocean

And last but certainly not least

I will wear the sky beneath my hat.

 

 

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Author: Deirdre Nelson

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Joins the expedition for week 2 and 3 Deirdre Nelson is an artist working mainly in textiles. Her nomadic nature and interest in communities have allowed her to develop work for exhibiton and on residencies both in UK and Australia.
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