All Aboard As Shetland Bus Descendant Gears Up For Knitting Event


It’s been a while since I’ve had the luxury of having enough time to post I’m afraid, yet there’s been and still is much going on. I would have preferred to say more about this sooner, but it simply hasn’t been possible until now. That said, with things in full swing, it’s perhaps now easier to give a better picture of what’s coming up in just over a week.

Most of you will remember our much earlier posts about Margaret Langø from Norway, her connection through the Shetland Bus, and how she’s been translating Harriet’s patterns into Norwegian. She also committed early on to organising a knitting event in support of our efforts to raise funds for the Shetland MRI Scanner Appeal. In the meantime, we’ve had plenty going on ourselves as you know. However Margaret along with some very supportive friends have been beavering away in the background too. Last week Margaret asked if she could get a picture of Harriet and Billy, or maybe perhaps Billy O’ Middle Toon, to promote the event. So we went one better and took one of all three, alongside the Shetland Bus Memorial in Scalloway to reflect the ties which bind us so strongly together.

Before I try to explain what’s being arranged, I’d like to share this link to the event page on facebook – Strikkekafe med moteoppvisning. It gives the times and dates for anyone in Norway who might want to attend but also can be used to ask any questions you might have. Whether you’re able to go or live too far away for that to be possible, if you’re on facebook it would be good if you could follow it and support what they’re doing. They really are putting in a huge amount of effort on our behalf, so please do leave a comment of appreciation if you can. You’ll understand why later I’m sure.

Some of you will maybe remember seeing a short clip of Billy weighing up quantities of yarn, just enough for a hat or headband, as kits were made up ready to be made into finished items. Margaret and her friends have been doing exactly that ahead of the event, making up kits from wool donated by a local yarn store, Husfliden Oppdal. The kit contains a printed copy of the patterns in Norwegian, along with enough yarn (in a variety of colourways) to make it and details of why we need to raise the money.

But this event, hosted by the Oppdal Revmatikerforening, is more than simply an opportunity for knitters to buy a kit. Their members have become very enthusiastic about supporting us and have been knitting finished items ahead of time to feature in a fashion show. Oppdal Revmatikerforening has a motto – sammer er vi sterke – which means Together we are stronger. Certainly a philosophy they remain true to as they extend their support of a good cause, as in history, across the North Sea.

They all seem to be enjoying what they’re doing, and have fallen in love with the patterns. So much so in fact that they’ve asked Margaret if she thinks it’s at all possible to translate the new Harriet’s Cowl pattern into Norwegian in time to launch it at the event! I can tell you she’s been working hard on that, and we’re confident it’ll be ready by the 13th both online, and in print outs on the day.

Ester Hektoen is travelling to Oppdal to support the event, and will be showcasing fashions and offering a discount to event guests which can be used at the Hektoen Womens clothing shop at Tynset later.

Teas, coffees and home bakes will be served throughout the event and anyone who attends also an opportunity to take a bus trip to Ester Hektoen’s shop on Tynset, for everyone who participates in the knitting cafe. There, you can even visit Santa’s house!

It really sounds like an incredible event and we can’t thank Margaret along with everyone else involved enough for setting it all up. Can’t wait to see the pictures, especially of the fashion show. The Harriet’s Collection is getting around this month – more on that later 😉




Loch Ness Knit Fest Success Helps Raise Total To £62,000

As the dust from Shetland Wool Week began to settle, when we found ourselves frantically getting ready for the Loch Ness Knit Fest. The organisers had very kindly covered the cost of Billy going there and provided a stall for Friday and Saturday. Their price? A half hour Q&A session on the main stage at 3:30 on Saturday.

Hazel Tindal and Elizabeth Johnston, who were tutors at the event, weren’t so lucky. Billly arrived there only a little later than planned with Billy O’ Middle Toon in tow. They however had their Wednesday flight cancelled due to weather, had to take the overnight ferry instead and get a taxi to Inverness from Aberdeen in order to make it there in time. It was this massively expensive for them. However, it was a poignant reminder that in the case of an MRI patient, their scan appointment would often be set back several weeks in similar situations.

Loch Ness Knit Fest had everything ready for us, including our delivery of the new Harriet’s Cowl patterns. We’d arranged for the printers to deliver to them directly since it was still being finished during Shetland Wool Week leaving only a few days to ready the pattern itself. Really they couldn’t have been more helpful, and their support both prior to and during is trully appreciated.

The benefits the event brought began before their market place even opened. We’d proposed releasing the Harriet’s Cowl pattern at their event, in part as a thank you for all they’d done. So when on Thursday we shipped 2 stockists bundles of them to the Morehouse Farm in America, it’s fair to say they wouldn’t have been anywhere near ready without a hard to meet deadline. We’d had another pre order of a mixed bundle for Travelling Yarns including the Cowl pattern too. It also meant that on Friday morning as we set up our stall, the online download became available, and the first sales came within minutes of automatically publishing at 8am.

Nancy Hunter had kindly taken some of the MRI Maakers’ finished items, (actually quite a lot) with her earlier, Billy had maxed out his luggage on his flight, so on Friday there was plenty on sale. Here it is all set up and ready to go, thanks to Anne Frost for helping lay it all out before her classes started. With the exception of a much appreciated break Nancy provided between classes, and the half hour slot on the main stage where someone from the Loch Ness Knit fest team covered the stall, this is where Billy spent his 2 days being kept busy. In all, £1220 was raised at the table alone.

I don’t think the half hour Q&A on the main stage went terribly, at the very least people seemed interested and it was a great opportunity to share with new people why we’re doing what we do. It seemed to create a final boost in sales at least, with some who had already bought coming back for more.

John Glen (BeardyChiel Designs) was there too, we’d met him at Shetland Wool Week in the Hub and before the end of the two market days he came over. He wanted to donate some of his yarn to the MRI Maakers, so obviously we had to get a pic. It’s a lovely soft yarn, 50:50 Alpaca:Shetland wool.

Loch Ness Knit Fest lay on a feast on the Friday night, and a concert on the Saturday night when it’s all over bar the singing. It really was a great event, not only for the fundraising opportunity, but the experience as a whole. As with Shetland Wool Week I met people who have been supportive already but in person instead of online, and new people hearing of the scanner appeal for the first time. Like a Nancy from Orkney Tweeds, we’d never met before but she’s been doing a lot for us already.

All in all, when Billy left Shetland the MRI Maakers fundraising total was at a little over £59,000, but now sits at just over £62,000 including the sales at Inverness and the Cowl pattern sales which wouldn’t be happening without it. We’re very pleased and grateful for the benefits Loch Ness Knit Fest has brought, along with the experience the organisers provided. Thank you.

Oh, and Billy O’ Middle Toon found Nessie on day 1, they seemed to get on 🙂

Jamieson’s Of Shetland Bauble Appeal Gathers Pace

I was hoping to get something posted about this while I was at the Loch Ness Knit Fest(more on that later), however I simply never had chance and internet at the same time.

Many of you will have heard through Jamieson’s of Shetland social media accounts that they’re appealing for knitted baubles for their seasonal window display, they always come up with something eyecatching for their shop front. This one promises to be just as special, and one you can all be a part of. They’re appealing for knitters of the world to send knitted baubles which they’ll craft their masterpiece with, and in January they’ll hand them over to us to sell in aid of the Scanner appeal. We think it’s an idea that truly captures the spirit of Christmas and if the likes and shares are anything to go by, so do many others.

Likes and shares however do not a window make, so it’s important these lovely baubles get made and sent too. Who makes just one bauble anyway? They’re perfect for using up all your spare yarns that aren’t much use for anything else 😉.

I’m including a copy of their Facebook post below because it includes a free pattern you can use for shaping. Please do send in as many as you can. Who knows, if they get too many for their window we might even be able to start selling any duplicates before January for anyone who wants to add a little MRI Christmas to their tree this year!

EDIT: free patterns on
🎄🎄Would you like to knit or crochet us a Christmas Bauble?? Would you like to be part of our Christmas Window while helping the @mrimaakers appeal? We are looking for kind donations of knitted Christmas baubles to put in our festive windows over November & December. In January we will hand them over to the @mrimaakers to sell online. We are looking for as many different designs and creations of baubles from as many different places as possible. We’d love to receive baubles by mid November so there isn’t much time!! All baubles to be sent to our shop; Jamieson’s of Shetland, Commercial St, Lerwick. Please repost, share and tweet. Thank you! 🎄🎄#jamiesonsofshetland

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Harriet’s Cowl Chart Correction

It’s been an intense and busy few weeks for the MRI Maakers, with Shetland Wool Week, along with the build up to it, and then of course Loch Ness Knit Fest right on the back of it. For SWW we launched the Harriet’s Mitten Pattern, and despite the Cowl still being finished during it, we managed, somehow, to get hard copies of the Harriet’s Cowl Pattern printed and sent directly to Loch Ness Knit Fest just in time.

Chart B Correction

While checking over the pattern file before sending it to print, it was noticed that the diamonds created with Chart B wouldn’t line up with elements of Charts C and D as intended. So we had to quickly shift all the columns across by one. Unfortunately, the dot you see in the middle of each diamond in the finished cowl didn’t copy across properly. Column 1 of Row 6 should be Yarn B as shown in this corrected chart.

We have been correcting hard copies as they’re sold by hand since the mistake was noticed, and have updated the pdf file for all future downloads. Anyone who has bought the pattern as a download, should in theory be able to use the link provided in the confirmation email to download an updated copy. However, anyone who purchased a hard copy before the correction was made should correct their Chart B as shown above. You could always miss the Yarn B dot in the diamond’s centre if you wish, but this would leave a 7 stitch float with isn’t ideal.

Obviously we’re sorry for the inconvenience but hope this update finds you before you reach that point in your knit.

Thanks as always for your continued support, we’re delighted there’s so much interest in this pattern despite this slight initial error.

Billy O’ Middle Toon Winner Donates Bear To Raise More

Shetland Wool Week was incredibly successful for the MRI Maakers, not least because our main raffle drew in almost £3000. There were many very generously donated prizes, and while many had several they’d have loved to win, due to his particularly unique nature, Billy O’ Middle Toon encouraged significant ticket sales. The bear crafted by Wendy Inkster of Burra Bears was made entirely out of Harriet’s Hats from all around Shetland, and his name had been picked previously in an online vote.

Linda Jackson, from Canada, was the name on the lucky winning ticket drawn during our event held in the Lerwick Town Hall on Thursday 3rd October. Unfortunately she wasn’t at the event to collect him so we arranged to meet up, along with his maker Wendy, after the Makers Market on Saturday at the Anderson High School.

However, while we were waiting for Wendy to arrive, Linda explained that she thought Billy O’ Middle Toon still has much work left to do here. That he can raise more for the MRI Scanner appeal, and perhaps other local causes in future, if he stayed with us. We think it’s a very generous thing to do, something not many would be able to.

Here is Linda, standing next to Wendy, along with Harriet, Victoria Tait of Shetland Wool Week, Billy, and of course Billy O’ Middle Toon Himself.

We’re incredibly grateful to Linda for giving us the opportunity to do even more with this one of a kind Burra Bear and discussed how we’ll put him to work at last night’s MRI Maakers night.

There is much in store for Billy O’ Middle Toon, who will begin highlighting the many efforts to raise funds for Shetland’s very own MRI Scanner in the coming days and weeks. You’ll be able to follow his adventures on his own facebook page – and he’s even set up his very own twitter account too here –

As you can see he hasn’t wasted any time and is working hard already to highlight everything going on to raise funds for the Shetland MRI Scanner Appeal, and more besides. He has a busy few weeks ahead of him already, so please do follow his pages and stay tuned for his forthcoming adventures. He’s a lovable sole with a sense of humour so you never know what he might get up to.

Thanks again to Wendy for making such an adorable Burra Bear for us, Linda for letting us put him to work in a more public way, and to everyone who bought raffle tickets trying to give him a home. But for now at least, he has much to do.

Shetland Wool Week Adds over £15,000 to MRI Maakers Total

Shetland Wool Week has grown considerably from it’s beginnings 10 years ago as Oliver Henry, this year’s SWW patron explained at the opening ceremony last week. At a ticketed opening capped at 500 guest, he recalled speaking to just 30 guests at the first ever ceremony.

One week ago today, we were already benefiting from many of the generous Shetland Wool Weekers who have blessed our shores this year, as Shetland Wool Week organisers gave us a table at the opening. We raised over £1000 for the Shetland MRI Scanner Appeal on that night alone, but the impact of Shetland Wool Week on our fundraising started many weeks earlier.

We sold 150 tickets to our MRI Maakers Event, the majority online long before guests from as far afield as Australia and America even arrived here. Our raffle tickets arrived in time for thousands to sell before Wool Week had even officially begun, with so many eager to win Billy O’ Middle Toon – the Burra Bear made out of Harriet’s Hats from all over Shetland. With so many visitors downloading Harriet’s Hat patterns to knit before they got here, it’s difficult to tell exactly how much impact Wool Week had on our fundraising before it officially got underway, but it’s certainly well over £3000.

During the week, we were given space at the Hub in the Shetland Museum & Archives, both before and after our own special event on Thursday. If you include advance ticket and raffle sales we raised in excess of £5700 from that night alone with £1250 of that collected at the event itself.

One of the highlights of many of our guests was this year’s Guizzer Jarl greeting them at the door and later mingling with them for photos. We’re extremely grateful to John Nicolson and his squad for coming and sharing another unique part of Shetland culture with Wool Weekers from around the globe. For us, it provided a rare opportunity to get this lovely photo of three of this year’s prominent local figures. What other time could you get the founder of MRI Maakers, the Guizer Jarl, and the patron of Shetland Wool Week in one shot?

A particularly special night for the many guests from around 10 different countries, who now have a new found love of Reestit Mutton soup and Bannocks. All this and more in the particularly eye catching venue of the Lerwick Town Hall’s main hall.

After such a busy night, the more relaxed day in the wool week hub was a welcome change in pace for the MRI Maakers who helped out, but not entirely sedate. Both of the yarn suppliers featured on our patterns needed more pattern bundles through the day having already been resupplied earlier in the week. There was also a few last minute preparations for the Makers Market, yet more support and donations from Shetland Wool Weekers, and we even recruited another MRI Maaker who had moved to Shetland just days before.

The MRI Maakers have been gearing up to Shetland Wool Week, essentially from it’s very first night, by making a wide variety of items all crafted using Shetland Wool. So while we had already raised more than we’d anticipated, Saturday’s Maker’s Market was expected to give a substantial boost. It certainly didn’t disappoint!

We had learned in the previous days through hearing it over again from many of wool week’s visitors that many, often return visitors, appreciate our local hospitality immensely and welcome the opportunity to give something back by supporting a local cause. Nevertheless, we didn’t expect anything what we experienced on when the Anderson High School opened it’s doors at 11am. Within mere minutes we’d raised over £1000 with the sale of a beautiful lace shawl someone insisted on paying £400 for, and a single donation of £700 from someone who understandably wishes to remain anonymous. The remainder of the staggering £4463.40 taken in total coming from the sale of patterns and items knitted by our 62 volunteer knitters. We had deliberately not posted the many items made by our Fernlea Maakers on the website so we had them to sell, and it’s a good thing we did! Virtually everything made by them and others of the same generation is now gone, accounting for several hundred pounds of the total raised that day.

Once the initial surge died away a little, which took a couple of hours, we had time to chat more with people at our stall. Many asked if there was a way they could donate directly to us later, so I said I would share a link to our GoFundMe page.

We entered Shetland Wool Week having already raised just over £42k, and now just 1 week later our new total is a breathtaking £58,657! While we did receive in total the incredible amount of £3551 from Marie Wallin from her Meadow Book sales, we’re confident that at least a similar amount had been raised in connection with wool week before it began. There was however another surge in pattern downloads totalling around £1000 so far following the release of an interview of Anne Frost by Kristy Glass. Taking everything into account, we can say we have raised at least £15,500 in connection with Shetland Wool Week which is way beyond anything we could have hoped for.

Wool Week has given us much more than that though. We’ve had the opportunity to meet a great many people in person who have been supporting us from afar, including the first person to cast on her Harriet’s Hat in the knit along organised by the Minnesota Knitters Guild. It truly has been an incredible week, tiring, but incredible.

We would like to thank Victoria Tait and the many people at Shetland Wool Week for supporting us and giving us the opportunity to achieve as much as we have this week. Thanks also to the many, many, people who helped in any way to arrange and host such a successful MRI Maakers event. A special mention must to the makers of the soup and home bakes, and the Voe Bakery for supplying the bannocks, we know people have sought out the recipe so they can make them when they get home. Thanks to John Nicolson and the others of his squad and everyone at the Lerwick Town Hall, in particular Billy. Lastly, but most importantly, we must thank the many extremely generous Shetland Wool Weekers of 2019 for supporting us in such an amazing way. Thank you all, so much!

Here’s a gallery of our Shetland Wool Week, hope you’ve all enjoyed it as much as we have.

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Marie Wallin Cheque For £3200 Brings Maakers Near £50k Total

Tonight, Jamieson’s of Shetland opened late to host a book launch of a book of designs made from their Spindrift range called Meadow by Marie Wallin. The launch which was timed to coincide with Shetland Wool Week also brings with it a very welcome boost for the Shetland MRI Scanner Appeal.

Marie Wallin made contact with the Billy Middleton quite early on in their fundraising efforts pledging to donate £1 from every copy sold. Since then, she has arranged to include a special feature on the appeal, along with what the MRI Maakers have been doing to raise funds for it.

Unfortunately, Marie wasn’t able to be in Shetland for its debut here herself. However, aside from her designs being made from Jamieson’s of Shetland yarn, she has a close relationship with the Jamieson family, in particular Elaine Jamieson. These ties have existed since before the release of one of Marie’s earlier highly successful books – Shetland.

Elaine and Garry Jamieson give cheque to Harriet and Billy Middleton on behalf of Marie Wallin – Photo by Gordon Siegel

In readiness for the book being available, the Jamieson’s had pre-ordered copies, including those to be shipped to their distributor in the USA. These totalled 3200 copies, and the donation by Marie has already been sent to the Scanner Appeal.

Since Marie couldn’t be here herself, and given the close ties, she asked Elaine and Garry Jamieson to hand over the cheque on her behalf. Harriet Middleton and her son Billy received it at their shop on Commercial Street moments before the doors opened to a long queue of eagerly waiting shoppers.

The cheque for £3200 brings the total raised for the Shetland MRI Scanner Appeal through the MRI Maakers close to £50,000. A milestone which is sure to be surpassed in the coming days with Shetland Wool Week in full swing.

Harriet is overwhelmed by the support she and the MRI Maakers have received, from all over the world saying “Not bad for something that began with a peerie toorie.”

Shetland Wool Week have been very supportive of the project, giving them access to the opening night and a space at the Hub in the Shetland Museum and Archives in Da Gaddery. Through it they have brought together people who have been supporting them from afar. Speaking of the atmosphere, Harriet says, “It’s heart warming to see so many people caring for a cause that will make such a big difference to us here in Shetland. They’ve been genuinely interested and keen to support us and it’s so nice to see some in person who have been following what we’re doing on the internet.”

Billy, who has been behind much of the online presence, feels the same. “It’s quite surreal how much support we’ve had, with so many from so far away. Any time we’ve needed help with anything locally, the community have stepped up and helped. So many people here have a personal reason for being behind the fundraising effort. But what sometimes touches you more is how much help is offered by so many with no particular personal reason to, other than simply being nice people and caring. This initial donation from Marie Wallin is a perfect example and we’re extremely grateful to her for everything she’s done.”

Shetland Wool Week Buzz Brings Total Raised £45,000.

Shetland Wool Week 2019 has arrived, and with it all the buzz you’d expect. It truly has gotten off to a flying start for the MRI Maakers too.

Shetland Wool Week Opening Ceremony

While the opening night is usually reserved for paying guests with only Shetland Wool Week Sponsors having stalls, this year Victoria Tait kindly gave the MRI Maakers a special pass. As you can see from this panoramic picture taken from our table, we were kept busy during every interval and raised £1065 during the evening!

Beyond that, we met in person for the first time several people who have been supporting us from afar which was lovely. We’ll be seeing many again over the rest of the week in less hectic settings.

Monday saw us in the Hub at the Shetland Museum and Archives for the first time, meeting many interested people keen to support us in our quest to raise funds for the Shetland MRI Scanner Appeal. Again, some of these were people who have been supporting us online for some time but until now we hadn’t met.

It was a busy day, but afforded more time for general chat as you can see from this picture as people saw Harriet working on her next design – a versatile cowl.

Over the course of the day, Billy had to restock Jamieson’s of Shetland with more patterns too. That, along with selling raffle tickets, patterns, and a few finished items in the Hub, we raised £1624.

With pattern sales in pdf downloads continuing in the background throughout, this means the total raised by the MRI Maakers so far is now £45,633. We’re incredibly grateful for all the continuing support, in all it’s forms, from all over the world. 62 knitters have contributed to our stock, and our MRI Maakers have done so much more than knit. Yarn stores both within, and out with Shetland have been selling huge numbers of patterns for us. At every turn, whatever we’ve needed, there’s been a community of people stepping up to help us. Thank you!

MRI Maaker’s – Shetland Wool Week

We’ve come a long way since the MRI Maakers first started meeting at the beginning of May. While much of what we’ve achieved so far has been clearly visible through our online presence, a significant amount of effort has been directed towards getting ready for Shetland Wool Week. At least 62 volunteer knitters have done an amazing job of putting together a variety of items hand made using #shetlandwool.
Harriet has managed in that short time to expand the range of patterns available to include a Headband, Fingerless Gloves, full fingered gloves, and mittens. These are all part of a collection which match the original #harrietshat and all proceeds, along with those from the finished goods, go directly to the Shetland MRI Scanner Appeal.
Shetland Wool Week is upon us now, and though we will always be busy behind the scenes, here is a list of times and places you’ll find Harriet and one or two of the MRI Maakers as you enjoy your Shetland Wool Adventures.
Sunday 29th September – 19:00 until 21:00 – #Shetlandwoolweek Welcome at the Clickimin Centre in the Main Hall
Monday 30th September – 10am until 17:00 – Shetland Wool Week Hub in the Gadderie at the Shetland Museum & Archives.
Tuesday 1st October – 10am until 17:00 – Shetland Wool Week Hub in the Gadderie at the Shetland Museum & Archives.
Tuesday 1st October – 19:00 – Harriet & Billy will be dropping in to Jamiesons of Shetland to wish them luck with the launch of Marie Wallin Designs new book Meadow.
Wednesday 2nd October – 10am until 17:00 – Shetland Wool Week Hub in the Gadderie at the Shetland Museum & Archives.
Thursday 3rd October – 18:00 until 21:00 – MRI Maakers Wool Week Event in the Lerwick Town Hall. This is where ticket holders can meet as many of the MRI Maakers as are available as they knit, our raffle will be drawn, members of the Jarl Squad will be there too! Tea, Coffee, Traditional Shetland Supper and home bakes included.
Friday 4th October – 09:00 until 14:00 – MRI Maakers Bake Sale in the Gilbert Bain Hospital Canteen. This is where the MRI Maakers usually meet every second Thursday night.
Saturday 5th October – 11:00 until 16:00 – Shetland Wool Week Makers’ Market in the Anderson High School. We’ll be selling our full range of patterns in hard copy, along with a huge variety of hand made items all created by MRI Maakers especially for you with Shetland Wool. The #Shetlandwool has all been donated so all proceeds go directly to the Scanner Appeal.
Come Join us. Meet the #knittingdesigner behind the patterns, and the MRI Maakers all working hard so Shetland can have it’s own MRI Scanner sooner rather than later.

MRI Maakers Wool Week Event Raffle Prizes

Here is a list of prizes being drawn during our on off MRI Maakers Wool Week Event at the Lerwick Town Hall. We’re extremely grateful to everyone who has donated a prize, you’ll find their details listed beside them.

Billy O’ Middle Toon is a Burra Bear made entirely out of Harriet’s Hats which were hand knitted by various MRI Maakers around Shetland.

Wendy Inkster very kindly created him for our raffle and we think he’s turned out absolutely fabulous. She’ll be at the Lerwick Town Hall so if the lucky winner is one of our guests, she’ll be able to hand over the prize herself.


Marie Wallin – Meadow – Cover

A signed copy of Marie Wallin’s new book ‘Meadow’ has been donated by Marie herself. The book, which launches on the 1st October, contains designs using Jamieson of Shetland Spindrift yarn.

Marie Wallin is also donating £1 from every book sale to the Shetland MRI Scanner Appeal and has included a feature in the book about the MRI Maakers and the scanner appeal.



This beautiful hand knitted lace shawl has been kindly donated by one of our own MRI Maakers – Marina Robertson. Spanning 4ft, there’s an incredible amount of work that goes into making these with such attention to detail.




A years subscription (4 issues) to either British Fibre Art Magazine or Needle Felt Magazine. The winner will receive a voucher from us to claim their prize.

Issues will be posted to them anywhere in the world!



Woolly Originals have donated this incredible project bag. Retailing at £65 it’s beautifully made, lined and perfect to keep your future projects in.

Woolly Originals have been an avid supporter of what we’re doing from early on highlighting our efforts on social media.


Matching set 1 from the Harriet collection. This Harriet’s Hat and matching Harriet’s Mittens go so well together and will keep the lucky winner warm in the coming winter months.





Shetland Jewellery haven’t just donated this large pendant from their Fara range. They’ve made it especially for us using the MRI colours! The design compliments the crown of Harriet’s Hat so well it was an obvious choice from their collection of fine pieces. After seeing how it turned out, they’ve decided to add it to their range and will be donating 20% of every one sold to the Shetland MRI Scanner appeal.

Matching set 2 from the Harriet Collection. This is a matching Harriet’s Headband and Harriet’s Fingerless glove set.





Fair Isle Knitting Designs from Shetland Knitters Volume 2, released this month, signed by the designers.

Kindly donated by the Shetland Guild of Spinners, Knitters, Weavers and Dyers.



This selection of books has been very kindly donated to us by Mary Randles. We’ll be splitting the 8 books into two prizes of 4.





A signed copy of this DVD by Hazel Tindall and Elizabeth Johnston containing over 3 and a half hours of essential knitting advice.






Signed DVD donated by Hazel Tindall herself. We’re sure it’ll be of great interest containing a step by step guide through the traditional art of Fair Isle Knitting.





Shetland Wool Week have kindly donated a copy of their 2019 Annual. If you have been following Shetland Wool Week on social media you will no doubt have seen many of the exquisite designs within it from a host of very talented designers.

Shetland Wool Week have been extremely supportive and given us a place at their opening night, space at the Hub from Monday to Wednesday, and at the Makers’ Market.

Shetland Amenity Trust has donated a Family Heritage Season Ticket. The ticket can be used at Shetland Amenity Trust sites in the South Mainland including Sumburgh Head Lighthouse & Visitor Centre, Old Scatness Broch and Iron Age Village, and the Crofthouse Museum at Dunrossness.

For more information see here –

Marja from Trollenwol has very kindly donated 2 books, both about knitting with Uradale yarn. One was released earlier this year in March, and the other is being launched during Shetland Wool Week!

Trollenwol have been very supportive already online so you’re likely to have seen them liking and commenting on our posts.

How would you like to go Glamping for a night in one of these fabulous luxury Wigwams?

Thanks to this donation from Barbara Hall, who is herself a keen knitter, one lucky winner will be able to do just that.

You can find out more about the Burravoe Wigwams here –



Gilda Sim, who is one of our regulars at MRI Maakers meetings, has donated these lovely handknitted lace wristlets. They’re made from real Shetland Lace yarn and we’re sure they’ll be much loved by the lucky winner.




Hélène Driesen, AKA Kieranknits, has been incredibly supportive of our efforts and has already raised funds for us by donating some of her work to sell on this site. She has now donated these lovely thrummed mittens as a raffle prize, they’ll be so cosy in the coming winter months.



If you’re looking for something to keep your feet warm this winter, Hélène Driesen has also donated these thrummed slippers to the raffle. Hélène is teaching two classes at this year’s Shetland Wool Week and will be bringing both prizes along with her from the USA.