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.
But the journey hasn’t ended because, you may know that I am selling my Sheffield flat and moving to Shetland. It is not still cut and dried yet but I am on the way. (9th July 2020)
In 2005, 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 building on that knowledge, which you will see in the blogs on this site. I was particularly drawn back to build my understanding of the beauty of Shetland and its rich cultural heritage in knitting, the social history and landscapes. I have been making new friends and gaining a tentative foothold on the rocks of island life.
I know that when I move, it will be my real life – not a trip or a month or R&D but for years… It’s a big jump – possibly my biggest yet and I already miss my son and daughter and friends here in and around Sheffield. I’m grateful for being here in Sheffield but it is time to take the leap to an island.
This wordpress blog will move forward by following my move to Shetland and my first year living on the island in the shape of Seasons, landscapes, knitting, community, whales, sea pinks, photographs, friends and weather.
After all, I’m a woman heading out on another adventure at 57 (dragging both cats with me) and I’m looking forward to it.
image of Fair Isle Studios, Fair Isle, November 2019