Have you ever spent any time really reading what you see on Facebook. Sometimes it can surprise you.
A few months ago, about mid-March, I was cruising around Facebook and reading some of the postings – in full. A post from Donna Druchunas caught my eye and imagination.
Donna was excited about the fact that Meg Swansen and Cheryl Oberle were contributing to a new project that she and Anne Berk were working on. Called Dreaming of Shetland, this was a project to raise money to support the research that Deborah Robson was doing, research on Shetland Sheep and wool. This project had taken on a life of its own!
Dreaming of Shetland will be an E-book with website support and all of the proceeds will go to support Deborah Robson and her research. The book will be full of essays, artwork and patterns, about 30 patterns, one of which is a pair of fair-isle gloves that I designed.
How did my gloves get there? I decided to ask Donna if she would be interested in a pair of Fair-Isle Gloves. At this time I had just finished writing up my E-book – Hands of Shetland. But there was this other pattern in the back of my mind…..
…….. Donna did not have any fair-isle glove patterns in the E-book and would love to have some – just couldn’t resist having some. And so I got to work on Ronas Hill Heathers.
Ronas Hill has the largest display of the beautiful Heather’s that are synonymous in my mind with Scotland. My Grandmother came from Scotland, not from the Shetlands, but from the Lochgellie, in Fife. But she love the heather, and collected anything small, china and decorated with Heather.
I love the colours of heather as well, especially the pinks and purples. These will be my gloves and will connect me through time and heather to my memories of my Grandmother.