Reviewed by Textile Artist Linda Litchfield.
The brain child of editor Misa Hay, is a celebration of craft, creativity, adventure and all things Shetland. Published in 2020, in a year when the Shetland Wool could not take place, the Journal will give you a wonderful taste of Shetland – not quite as good as visiting yourself, but almost. First and foremost, there are 6 beautiful knitting projects from local designers, knitted in Shetland yarn: hats, mitts, gloves, a snood and a shawl. Your reviewer has knitted the Hesti hat by Ella Gordon and found it a joy. But the Journal is not just for knitters. There are some lovely local recipes as well plus interesting articles and stories about the islands themselves and about local residents, makers and artists. The photography is excellent too and so evocative of the islands.
Sadly, Shetland Wool Week has had to be cancelled for a second year. However, we hear that a second volume of Shetland Wool Adventures is in production. These Journals look set to become collectors’ pieces, as well as bringing a little piece of the magical islands into your home. We recommend grabbing one while you can.
LL April 2021