Harriet being her usual modest self wouldn’t have coined this phrase herself, but from here in Shetland to other places around the world, her patterns raising funds for the Shetland MRI Scanner appeal are being affectionately referred to as ‘The Harriet Collection’.
From the launch of the first pattern – Harriet’s Hat – support from all over the world has been breathtaking and relentless. This coincided with the first ever meeting of the MRI Maakers, who have also achieved so much more than we ever thought possible already with their finished hand knitted items.
At tonight’s meeting, yet more amazing knitted items were handed in making ready for Shetland Wool Week. However as we prepare for our one off MRI Maakers Wool Week Event, Ticket’s available here, they’ve also organised themselves with selling raffle tickets and making home bakes for our guests. Not only will the MRI Maakers be sharing their knitting night with you, they’ll also have made some of the lovely cakes etc. which will be available for you to accompany your teas, coffees, and traditional Shetland Supper.
Hard copies of Harriet’s Gloves and Harriet’s Fingerless Gloves have started going on sale locally, and the Harriet’s Mitten patterns, available online here now, will be launched in hard copy during Shetland Wool Week. Online sales of these have already brought another boost in funds raised for the MRI Scanner appeal, bringing the total raised so far as of tonight up to £40,405.50! It’s an absolutely astounding amount, which includes hard copy sales, pattern downloads, and the finished items all carefully hand knitted for you by our lovely MRI Maakers themselves.
With less than two weeks until Shetland Wool Week officially begins, many visitors have already started to arrive so we’re pleased that our preparations are on track. We’ll be at the opening night in Clickimin on Sunday the 29th September highlighting what our community of knitters have been doing and why. We’ll also be at the Shetland Wool Week Hub on Monday 30th, Tuesday 1st, and Wednesday 2nd October. Tuesday 1st is also the official launch of the Marie Wallin book, Meadow, which contains a feature on the MRI Maakers – £1 of every book sale being donated to the Shetland MRI Scanner appeal. All of that comes ahead of our MRI Maakers event in the Lerwick Town Hall on Thursday 3rd October from 6pm until 9pm. We’re hosting a Bake Sale in our usual meeting venue – the Gilbert Bain Servery – on Friday 4th October from 9am until 2pm so if you fancy a fancy please pop in for some. That brings us up to the Makers Market on Saturday 5th October where you’ll find all of the knitted items available to buy, all proceeds going directly to the scanner appeal.
With Billy heading to the Loch Ness Knit Fest later in October with hard copies of the patterns, the amount raised is sure to rise still further. It truly is overwhelming how much has been achieved by a community of knitters all coming together, not only here in Shetland but all around the world. Thank you!