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 Contemporary Arts including BALTIC Centre For Contemporary Art, Site Gallery, London Contemporary Dance School and SEAD in Salzburg. I also did 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 spent one month in Scalloway at the Booth on an Artist Residency and was granted a Making Ways Arts Council R&D grant to record the oral histories of the lace knitters of Unst. I made a few friends and gained a tentative foothold on the rocks of island life until finally, 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 Susan Halcrow, a single woman who lived in my house 140 years before me. I also design knitting patterns inspired entirely by Shetland, my croft house and now Susan’s life.
From spring 2021 and I am offering Air B&B for solo women travelers – please 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
ONLINE COLOUR BLENDING KNITTING WORKSHOPS
In January 2021, I started online Colour Blending knitting workshops. I am now developing a follow on series of knitting workshops. If you are interested, please do not leave a comment on this page as it is not possible to respond – Please complete the online form on the Online knitting/design workshops, where I can see your email address to respond, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org – many thanks. Tracey