If you have been following me, either on my travel blog or my Instagram page, you will see that I have been through many lives. This creative blog tracks just one of them – my creative practice and my move to Shetland.
I am a single, self-funded, ordinary woman with 2 cats that no one else wanted. I do have two degrees and I have also travelled, worked and lived in China, and in between all of this, I have worked many office / project manager jobs in the UK as well as doing ironing in the evenings after work to make ends meet whilst doing the Masters in Knitting at NTU in 2016 -2018. I got the MA, which I am proud of but I’m mostly proud of my journey.
In 2015, I found Shetland through Shetland Wool Week where I attended inspirational workshops on the art of Fair Isle and lace knitting and for the last 5 years, I’ve repeatedly returned to the islands, building on my knowledge and experiences of the beauty of Shetland and its rich cultural heritage in knitting, the social history of the knitters and landscapes. I made a few friends and gained a tentative foothold on the rocks of island life.
On September 10th 2020, I moved, lock, stock, barrel and two cats from Sheffield to Shetland. this is not where the journey ends because I’m heading out on another adventure at 57 (dragging both cats with me) and I’m looking forward to it.
This blog will capture some of the beauty that I find in Shetland, research on the house that I now live in, and its previous inhabitants. I’ll also be designing knitting patterns inspired entirely by Shetland, my croft house and the women that lived here.
from spring 2021 and I am offering Air B&B for solo women travelers – take a look here
If you’d like to follow this journey with this blog, please sign up in the box above for updates – my knitting patterns are linked below.
New Design – Good Wishes for the New Year is entirely inspired by Susan Halcrow and the life she lived for nearly 80 years in the house that I bought.
Here is the pattern link, below.
And, Further reading and research https://www.patreon.com/TraceyDoxey