We had a grand time, on a beautiful warm sunny day. We covered about 10 kilometres along the shore. I’m glad to know I can still do it. But I’m still feeling it this morning, and am resolved not to attempt anything remotely so ambitious on Shetland.
Upper left you can see the towers of the Cockenzie Power Station, the landmark we steered by.
Today's weather is much worse, but well short of the promised storm.
Progress with Shetland: we have but to apply at the reception desk of the
in Lerwick, I am told, to be
taken on a “Textile Treasures” tour of the museum by one of their volunteers –
who will be a knitter! Shetland Museum
And the Shetland Textile Museum at the Bod of Gremista (mentioned yesterday) (a) has a temporary exhibition at the moment of knitwear made for royalty, including much lace and (b) is closed Sunday and Monday. That is a must-see for me, so it’ll have to be seen on Saturday.
The Great Exhibition of 1851 is said to have effectively introduced Shetland lace to the rest of
was presented with a shawl or two at some point. There was an exhibition of her
clothes at Victoria some years ago. I
wrote to the curator asking if any shawls were to be included, and heard,
eventually, that they had none. Kensington
The Princess shawl itself is Sharon Miller’s simplification (!) of one presented to the then Princess of Wales in 1863. A duplicate was made which is here in
Edinburgh, in the .
I am also interested – although royalty isn’t involved in this one – in Ford
Maddox Brown’s picture “Work”. It was started in 1852 (just after the Great
Exhibition) and eventually finished in ’63. It includes the figure of a
fashionable woman in a Shetland shawl. Museum of Scotland
A very specific shawl – you could pretty well knit it from the painting. Is the woman just there to represent idleness and fashion, or did the artist think of the 100’s of hours of work which went into the making of the shawl?
And then of course – back to the Bod of Gremista – there should be Prince of Wales Fair Isle golfing sweaters.
So Sunday for Unst? I have heard from a woman there, formerly
most northerly headmistress ( ), who is
happy to meet us and show us the collection even on Sunday. Kate Davies
describes her as a “good egg”. I’ll be back in touch when we’ve worked out
ferry times – there are fewer on Sunday. Unst
Goodness this is exciting. So must a pious Muslim feel when he books his ticket for
I was too tired for much, last night. I wound the first skein for Milano – merino with a touch of cashmere; very soft. And did a few more BSJ rows. I should finish the knitting today, unless the Curse of Sunday intervenes.