The Shawls of Unst, Scotland

I treated myself to the 2010 Page-a-Day Calendar “Never Not Knitting” from the Yarn Harlot and her post for Thursday was about the Unst shawls. She wrote that in the far north of the Shetland Isles of Scotland, on the tiny island of Unst, every so fine gossamer lace shawls are knit by the islanders. They are so fine that a six-foot shawl might contain a mile and a half of yarn and only weight 2.5 ounces! And the Wedding Shawls are so delicate and fine as to be able to slip through the knitter’s wedding ring when finished.

Just imagine the knitting involved in one of these beautiful


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