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. 

I will no longer be taking bookings for Air B&B but  I am working towards offering creative residencies.   I will have my first Artist Residency in August 2021 and will  be looking towards accepting requests to stay at  my croft house for Artists, Researchers, and writers for their self managed residency staying with me on a  full board basis. If you are interested, Please send a message through the contact page – not a comment.  Many thanks.

If you’d like to follow this journey with this blog, please sign up in the box below for updates – and 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.

Ravelry: Good Wishes for the New Year pattern by Tracey Doxey

Ravelry Knitting patterns

And, Further reading and research on Susan Halcrow, my house and knitting design processes, please visit . https://www.patreon.com/TraceyDoxey

The Gibbous Moon April 1st – further reading


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 traceydoxey@hotmail.com – many thanks. Tracey

If you would like to read my outcome from my residency at The Booth in Scalloway, please see link below

VOD booklet – An empty place

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