Thursday, December 19, 2013

Knitter's Review, Shetland, Orkney and North Ronaldsay

Clara Parkes's latest newsletter, Knitter's Review arrived. As I've mentioned before, this is one newsletter which I look forward to receiving and always read it in detail. Clara does a lot of research and offers interesting subjects. Don't miss this issue.
Liz Lovick, well known author and teacher has published another book, Magic of Shetland Knitting. I haven't seen a copy of it yet, but the reviews are very positive. Although Liz lives on Orkney, she seems to travel between Orkney and Shetland frequently.

On the subject of Scotland, and specifically Orkney, today I phoned to Kirkwall and spoke with a representative of Loganair there. I wanted to find out about the 2014 schedule of same-day return flights to North Ronaldsay from Kirkwall, so that our travellers could visit this tiny island and specifically the mill there called, A Yarn from North Ronaldsay. The mill processes the fibres from the breed of the same name, which vitually only eat seaweed.  On previous tours, this optional excursion to the mill has been a consistent favourite with Scottish Skeins and Skerries tour members.

Saying all that, the airline has increased the number of flights and I will reserve eight seats for two consecutive days. Once you're sure you'll be coming on the 2014 Scottish Skeins and Skerries tour, and if you'd like to go to North Ronaldsay, let me know and I'll save you a place. Travel is on a small plane, which only takes a maximum of eight passengers and I can assure you, the previous tour members thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The flight just takes 18 minutes each way and the fare is 36.00 UKL round trip--heavily subsidized.

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