Friday, 3 August 2012

To the Ferry to Shetland

Friday was to be an easy day, pack up and then drive about 70 miles to Aberdeen for the ferry to Lerwick.

We decided to take the scenic route. I always take knitting with me – for when I am not driving. The project for this holiday was to be a hand spun alpaca yarn that was to be knitted into a lace triangular neck scarf measuring 10” from point to longest edge. It was my contribution to the 10th anniversary challenge for the Online Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers. I had chosen a lace pattern from a Barbara Walker Book, called Shower Stitch. It has a 12 stitch repeat and 8 rows pattern every row. This is the day that I realised this was not a project for doing whilst we were driving.  It was very challenging despite having with stitch markers to mark the 12 stitch repeats, a magnetic board and marker and a graphed chart that I had made of the pattern! Increasing stitches at both ends of each row and maintaining a perfect pattern was too stressful. Hence I enjoyed the scenery even more!

This is the beginning of the scarf.

It was a super day, other than arriving in Aberdeen in the rush hour when the traffic just got gridlocked all went to plan and we boarded the ferry, just before 7.00pm as the penultimate vehicle despite being 16th in the queue initially.

This was spotted on a lorry at the Ferry Terminal – what a great use of a side of a lorry.

So after a great dinner on the boat and being rocked to sleep in our superb en-suite cabin we arrived in Lerwick and left the Ferry at 7.30 am.

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