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Shetland wool and textile traditions

I've just come back from a week-long trip to the Shetland Islands. It was all a bit magical, a fine mix of hiking, hitchhiking, camping and meeting lots of darling Shetland sheep (and ponies). We managed to see a big of everything while we were there but favourite of all, was a visit to the Shetland Textile Museum just outside of Lerwick. 

The stories in the museum of women who used to carry peat on their backs through fields while herding sheep and knitting at the same time are just wild. The intricacy of Shetland lace is enough to make your eyes go crossed. I even had a go at the spinning wheel, but was absolutely rubbish at it!

Oh well, I guess it takes practise, doesn't it?