Four Fingers and a Thumb with Elizabeth Johnston
Date:
04 October, 2019
Cost:
£50.00
Time:
13.30 - 16.30
Location:
Hoswick Visitor Centre, Hoswick, Sandwick
Materials:
Bring your own needles
Tutor:
Elizabeth Johnston
Transport:
Not included

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Let’s perfect knitted gloves. Gloves are a relatively easy knit, but it‘s those fingers and thumbs that are tricky. We will work an afterthought thumb, a shaped thumb; pick up stitches for fingers to make that space between look good; and learn how to form well-shaped finger tips. Understand how to knit fingers for any size of glove and eliminate those pesky holes.

Fair Isle, Lace, etc. can be included, – try knitting 2-coloured fingers!
Take a look at the construction of the Gunnister Mans gloves, knitted in the 1700s.

Materials: Yarn included, but bring 4 short DPN’s, size 3mm.
Cost includes materials, and lunch.
Further info from shetlandhandspun@btinternet.com

Transport: Buses leave from Viking Bus Station (Service no.6, at 12.00) regularly travelling to Sandwick (a 6 minute walk to the Visitor Centre). We suggest you ask the driver to let you off by the Carnegie Hall. Folk regularly travel from Lerwick, with lifts and car sharing usually available especially for the return journey to Lerwick. If necessary we can offer a lift from Hoswick to Lerwick. Please email us if you need assistance with transport.
For bus timetable – www.zettrans.org.uk/bus/BusTimetables.asp
www.zettrans.org.uk/site/assets/files/1084/south_mainland_printable_version.pdf

Elizabeth has knitted from childhood learning age-old skills from family. She began with knitting Fair Isle and then moved on to lace. Constantly refining finishing skills, Elizabeth progressed to working with knitting machines. Her main desire had always been to learn to spin, and she eventually bought her first spinning wheel in 1978… she has acquired a fair few since! Spinning has become the main focus in her life and business, Shetland Handspun, producing handspun yarns, patterns and kits, as well as garments which are all handknitted in her handspun yarns. She is also a keen dyer, and can get the most beautiful colours always using natural dyes. She is a co-writer of a newly published book “The Warp Weighted Loom”.