After much thought, I've reached the (difficult) decision to make the tours in 2011 my last. Although many of you have told me I've said that a number of times before, I really, really mean it this time! Since the first tour in 1995, I've made many friends on both sides of the Atlantic and have had unbelievable travel experiences. For a former retail travel agent who loved to knit, these tours allowed me to indulge in two of my favourite activities--travelling and knitting. Although I could always have travelled and knit, it's been the friends I've made who've meant the difference. This was especially borne out recently when I was travelling in both the U.S. and Canada, as at every venue I was fortunate to spend time with travellers who have become friends.
So.....if you've been thinking about coming to Scotland with the fourteenth and final Scottish Skeins & Skerries Tour, don't hesitate to contact me and please tell your friends and members of your knitting guilds, so that no one misses out. The information is on my website: http://www.joycejamestours.com/ At this point we have about eight places left.
Barbara from Iowa (thanks Barb) sent me the link to this article from the British newspaper, the Daily Mail. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1338096/Victoria-Rihanna-inspire-new-interest-in-Fair-Isle-jerseys.html. The article details how the traditional, hand knitted Fair Isle and Shetland knitting are very much threatened.