Thoughts are turning to Shetland Wool Week. This will be the first year I will be there, and I anticipate a really fantastic experience.
I’ve already made some Crofthoose hats (those attending the Wool Week are encouraged to make and wear their hats to they can recognise each other – what a great idea). It was great fun to interpret the pattern – particularly to create the firework display of a centre – and to play with colour combinations.
hegasaer has joined the Craftivist Collective and received her Little Book of Craftivism today. Can’t wait to see what she gets up to!
njalsdottir’s photograph 6 August 2013
The story of hegasaer’s quest to Orkney in 2012 is now available in book form to coincide with a presentation at the Women’s History Scotland annual conference (taking place in Kirkwall on 3 and 4 May 2013). Click on RePlace Orkney 2012 for the story so far.
Hegasaer is sure there will be more to tell as time goes on, and welcomes any news about sightings of the installations – and of the yarnwives who have gone wandering. She does not know the fate of the Hoy yarnwife or her sister from Brodgar. And she is anxious about the Birsay yarnwife who went wandering last year, and who is missing again from her Birsay home.
If you have come across the wifies or their charges, please post the news to this blog.
Close-up of the knitted gatepost cosy at Wideford Hill 28 March 2013
It’s been great to have the chance to visit a number of the RePlace Orkney 2012 installation sites as winter turns to spring (we hope!).
As expected, exposure to the weather has meant some colour fading. But it is remarkable how well the knitting is looking – wool is a great survivor. And thank you to everyone in the knitting team who made the work in the first place.
On the most recent page of the blog there is more of an update of the installations it’s been possible to visit during Hegasaer’s current visit to Orkney.
Hegasaer looking out from Wideford Hill 28 March 2013
I’m delighted to say that there will be a presentation on Hegasaer and RePlace Orkney at the Women’s History Scotland Annual Conference 2013. It seems really appropriate that the conference is taking place in Orkney this year (3 – 5 May at the Centre for Nordic Studies, Orkney College, Kirkwall).
It would be great to meet anyone with an interest in the work, either face to face or via the blog – see http://www.orkney.uhi.ac.uk/events/women2019s-history-scotland-2013-annual-conference-1 for information on the conference.
Hegasaer and at least one yarnwife will be attending, though possibly not the one below:
Yarnwife with part of her flock, North Ronaldsay May 2013