Sunday, August 28, 2011

Last chance to own this Fair Isle Hand Knit Hat

Bidding ends on August 31st.

Follow link for more info:

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Computer Down... Hope to be back soon...

Good Bye Puffins have all gone to Sea.

I have loads of photos for posting when and if my computer is sorted out... till then cheers!

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Peacock Butterfly & Wood Warbler

Peacock Butterfly - Inachis io
Look what Henry found in the garden yesterday... It's a beautiful lifer!
We have never seen one before and it's obviously not common here.

Simply stunning!

Willow Warbler flying though the Honeysuckle.

Wood Warbler
As seen though my salty window today, it was eating flies off the apple below. What a surprise!

Monday, August 01, 2011

Hand Knit Fair Isle Fisherman's Kep (Hat) - The Tall Ships - Museum Fund Raiser

Hand Knit Fair Isle Fisherman's Kep & Museum.
The hand knitted kep shown could be yours!
with a donation to George Waterston Memorial Centre - Fair Isle's Museum.

Fiona Mitchell, one of the Fair Isle knitters.

Many of you will know Fiona if you have ever been to Fair Isle. She is the woman hopping out of the fire truck at the islands airport (landing strip) to help unload your bags after you have landed safely. Fiona has the distinction of being Fair Isle's Fire Chief. Plus she runs Stackhoull Stores "The Shop" with her husband Robert with occasional help from their 2 teenagers. She is also the Post Master and teaches art classes at the school. In her spare time she chairs the Fair Isle Community meetings and is on the board of the Fair Isle Bird Observatory Trust. When did she find time to knit? And who knew she was such a talented Fair Isle Knitter? Inspired by the Tall Ships event and still knitting but by no means in mass production, a hat or knitwear by Fiona is a rare creation. So here is your chance to get a piece of the legendary knitwear while supporting Fair Isle's history.  

Traditional Fair Isle Fisherman's Kep 

Fair Isle, a name synonymous with a rich heritage of colour and pattern in knitwear, is the most remote inhabited island in Britain. A stepping stone in the seaway between Orkney and Shetland, the Isle lies at the centre of a major sea route, and our tradition of bartering with passing vessels is a long and strong one. From Viking times fresh produce and textiles have been traded for whatever the Isle could not manufacture, and the beautiful knitwear for which Fair Isle is renown has been traded for hundreds of years with passing ships.

As part of this year’s Tall Ships race, we brought this important part of our history to life by hand knitting Fair Isle fisherman’s keps (hats) and trading them for Norwegian goods with the crew of the Norwegian full-rigged ship Sørlandet. This barter took place on Tuesday 19th July (see blog link below).
Only a handful of keps were knitted, each one is unique and could be considered priceless!  Fortunately, besides those used for barter, there are a few available to help raise funds for our museum extension - and you can be part of this historic trade with Fair Isle without a sailing ship!
 This hat will be sent to the person who gives the highest bid/pledge by August 31st 2011. On receipt of the donation The Fair Isle Fisherman's Kep pictured here will be sent to the generous contributor when payment has been received by way of cheque or paypal.
Bids start at £100

Bidding opens August 1st -  ends August 31st, 2011

Bids will be posted in comment below.

Send bids to: email , call me 01595 760 349
or contact George Waterston Memorial Centre & Museum - 01595 760 244

payment - Cheque or Paypal at the end of Auction.

Fair Isle Fishermens’ KEps: Hand-knitted Fair Isle Fisherman's hats knitted in Fair Isle are currently not sold on Fair Isle and haven't been for years. Until now they had been made only by a few people for family members. The skill have been revitalized throughout the island by the women of a few households who have handed down the history stitch by stitch. The project was sponsored by Jamieson Spinning in Shetland, who donated the pure Shetland yarn used.

Thank you Jamieson's for supporting our heritage.

George Waterston Memorial Centre & Museum
Thousands of pounds are need to add this small but much needed extension. Designed to mimic in shape the kjyls (kilns for drying grain) built onto some of the barns on the Isle, the new extension will house a much needed office and toilet.  The new wind and weather buffering entrance will help to ensure the collection  is doubly protected from the elements every time the door opens. The Museum & the Islanders are very appreciative of any donations of any size beyond this fundraising event. The museum has chairitable statisis (SC005177) and is a member of Museum Galleries Scotland. Donations can be sent to:

George Waterston Memorial Centre & Museum - Fair Isle - Shetland - ZE2 9JU - UK.

Thank you.

Museum Extension Floor Plan.

Museum Extension Elevation Rendering

To see more of the Fair Isle Tall Ships barter with the Sorlandet follow this link to an earlier post.

1774 - The dairy of Janet Schaw, passenger 'Jamaica Packet' travelling to North Carolina.

The yoals coming out to trade with the ship off the coast of Fair Isle. 
 "were loaded with the Island manufactures; such as knitted caps, mittens, stockings and the softest coarse cloth I ever saw made of wool"

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Please bid now in comments, phone or email. Cheers!
Bidding has ended.
With bids from England & the USA the winning donation of £300.00
is very much appreciated by the Museum an Fair Islanders.
See comments below for more details. Cheers!