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Fair Isle: A New Year Challenge

Shetland by Marie Wallin The name Marie Wallin is nearly synonymous with Fair Isle knitting. Her latest collection is a collaboration with Jamieson's of Shetland; a match made in heaven... or rather, in Northern Scotland.

The name Marie Wallin is nearly synonymous with Fair Isle knitting. Her latest collection is a collaboration with Jamieson's of Shetland; a match made in heaven... or rather, in Northern Scotland. Simply titled "Shetland," this is a stunning collection of 12 designs that are photographed on their namesake isles. The book alone is a worthy addition to any collection, but we have also created yarn packs for a few of our favorite projects for those ready to cast on a Shetland adventure.

"Yell is the beautiful island that you have to travel across to catch the ferry to Unst. The main road through the island is dotted with the ruins of old croft houses and of course...lots of sheep."

Yell is our favourite piece in this collection. Densely designed and knit in the round then steeked, this project is not for a novice knitter, nor for the faint of heart, but the results are worth the effort.

"Photographed at the beautiful St Ninian's beach in the south of Shetland Mainland, this wondrous place is a spot of white sand that links the main island to the isle of St Ninian and is one of the most stunning places I have ever seen."

For those preferring a traditional yoked pullover (or those who just can't bring themselves to steek yet), may we suggest Bressay. The deep yoked sweater is knit in the round, with a banded color gradation that moves from a deep plum to a pale natural.

With so many colors in a project, there is often a good amount of yarn left over. With that in mind, we have combined these two small projects into one yarn pack to maximize yarn usage. With this yarn pack, you can make the Scalloway Tam, using 11 colors, AND the Skerries Mittens which uses 9. Both projects are ideal for honing your Fair Isle knitting skills, or for anyone not ready to take on a larger project.

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