Our individually tailored knitting holidays give you time to explore all things Fair Isle.
We offer a unique opportunity to come to the island to get a taste of our extraordinary life here and learn something of the craft of Fair Isle knitting at its source. During your time with us you can explore Fair Isle patterns and techniques, looking at the yarns we use, testing out different colour combinations and trying your hand at the flat-bed machine to produce your own piece of knitwear. From the comfort of our lovely croft house, you will hone your knitting skills whilst enjoying good home-cooking, amazing views and relaxing into a rare kind of peace only found in dreams.
There is ample potential for research for those who are curious—our modest library of books is stocked with volumes on textiles, colour, knitting techniques and the history of the island. Local people are a great source of knowledge and we are fortunate to be located next to the Fair Isle museum which holds many artefacts and stories detailing the long-standing connection of the islanders to knitting.
We like to get to know you a little beforehand—usually we begin with a video call to discuss possibilities so we can get planning an interesting week to fit with you. With only a maximum of 2 guests staying with us per week, we devote our full attention to your needs and wishes, ensuring your stay is memorable and rich. No two holidays are the same and we work to customise your stay with us based on what you would like to get from your days with us on Fair Isle. There will also be opportunities to share a morning or afternoon with a different specialist on the island, personalised to your interests. There is much to discover on Fair Isle.
Whatever the level of your ability and experience, we welcome you to spend a week at Taft with us where we’ll help you to delve into the design process and support you to produce some Fair Isle knitwear of your own to take home with you (be that a matching scarf and wrist-warmers, perhaps an array of hats as gifts for the family or, for those more advanced, a jumper).
Whilst basic hand-knitting skills are an advantage, no pre-existing experience of machine knitting is required. We are able to teach all you might need to know to gain confidence and feel at ease with simple machine knitting. Modern Fair Isle knitting equally combines hand-finishing with work on the machine. Equally, devotees of hand-knitting are welcome to knit with us solely by hand if preferred (though output may be more modest over a week).
We delight in sharing our passion for the island and promoting a craft that produces enduring knitwear of incomparable beauty. There is something deeply satisfying about working to continue a much-admired tradition. Only the finest beautiful locally produced wool is used, spun and dyed on Shetland to produce remarkably warm, resilient yarn. You can see the sheep from our window! We hold over 80 colours of Jamieson’s of Shetland wool for you to choose from in hues that reflect the landscape of these northerly isles.
Our lovely peaceful croft house ‘Taft’ is located to the south of the island. We are conveniently situated next to the Fair Isle Museum and there are glorious views of the sea (a 10-minute walk away). The house was recently renovated and inside you’ll find a stylish, warm, uncluttered space with all the comforts of modern life. You will be living for the week with myself and my partner Thomas. All food is lovingly prepared and cooked for you by us. Meals are relaxed and communal, eaten around our kitchen table; cups of tea can be taken by the fire. (Please advise us in good time of any allergies/dietary requirements. We are happy to accommodate you but we do need advance notice to bring any special supplies on the island). You are free to make use of the kitchen but we kindly ask that you leave it as you found it.
There is one bedroom for guests with 2 beds which can be configured to a double or singles. The bathroom is shared. We’ve taken booking from friends and partners but also people booking singly who are happy to take the chance on meeting a new knitting friend!
Our accommodation is entirely on the ground floor but has no specific adaptation for those of limited mobility. Please note, there is strictly no smoking permitted inside the house.
DATES & PRICES
The full cost of your stay includes:
– Discussion time with us (usually via video link) to establish your hopes and wishes for your stay
– Return transportation to Fair Isle from Lerwick (on Shetland)
– All meals
– Accommodation in the shared room
– Various visits around the island, such as to the lighthouse, the museum, etc. (tailored to your interests)
– All materials and instruction with a minimum of 28 hours workshop time/tutoring with Marie
£ 1990 / 7 nights
To confirm a booking we require 50% of the total cost, payable at the time of booking.
The remaining 50% cost of your holiday is due one month before arrival.
We are also happy to offer a reduced price for a non-knitting partner or friend.
Due to the COVID-19 crisis dates for 2021 are still under review they will be display here as soon as more certainty appear.
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