Cell Phone Service in Shetland

Here are some things to keep in mind when it comes to your cell phone service while on the Makkin Our Way Through Shetland tours.

Travel Insurance: Yes, you need it

While not included in the cost of your trip because it is a highly individualized cost for travel, but we strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance.

Travel in a Time of Covid: What if we can’t get into Scotland?

As we write this, the rumor is that the UK will open to vaccinated American travelers this summer without the need to quarantine. But that rumor has been floating around for about 5 weeks now. What if the powers that be never get around to letting foreigners travel freely this summer?

Makkin Our Way Through Shetland Questions

We are so excited about the upcoming Makkin Our Way Through Shetland trips coming up in August 2021. As we prepare to travel, we know you have questions, and we want to get you the information you need to plan to have as enjoyable a time as possible.

Hat Not Hate Knit Along

It’s time for a new knit along for listeners. We’ll be knitting blue hats for Hat Not Hate!

Productive Fair Isle Swatching

A common practice for swatching on Shetland is to knit a hat. It allows knitters to test out patterns and colors, and confirm their gauge. In the end, the knitter will have a hat that will surely fit someone, and their time and yarn will be put to productive use.

Designers: Gauge is important! (Yes, even for shawls.)

Yes, I bear some of the responsibility for not remembering to check gauge before hand and for not contacting the designer when I saw that information was missing. But for the designer to not even include it really, really annoys me. It reflects a lack of respect for her own designs as well as for the time and resources of those who will knit her patterns.

Breed-specific Yarn is a Boon to Fiber Artists: Knowledge is Power

In the last episode of the podcast, I talked about The Knitter’s Book of Wool: The Ultimate Guide to Understanding, Using, and Loving this Most Fabulous Fiber, by Clara Parkes, and I mentioned that I was on the hunt for breed-specific yarns. A Happy Find A few days later, I was at Webs with time […]