19th December 2018
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Sad to lose the knitting

We are writing to say how sad we are that we are not going to be able to learn Fair Isle knitting at school.

It is a shame because it is a part of Shetland’s history and part of our pleasure is putting our knitting into the Walls Show. As not all of our parents can knit we will lose the chance to learn to knit now.

Please, please, keep knitting in our schools.

Rebecca Hinton
Rachel Juel Beer
Katie Deyell
Janie Walterson
Kirsten Isbister
Bronwyn Walterson
Chloe Miller
Ewan Inkster
Stewart Walterson
Quentin Robertson
Sean Walterson
Gillian Sinclair
Willum Clubb
Francesca Coleman
Dorothy Ferguson
Tom Sutherland
Paul Sansom
Struan Haswell
Mattie Isbister
Murray Peterson
Scott Hodge
Rognvald Thomson
Kody Jeromson
Rhona Haswell
Courtney Robertson
Frances Walterson
Colette Sinclair
Amy Fraser
Theo Inkster
Katie Hinton
Ellie Walterson
James Sinclair
Patrick Coleman
Brandon Jarrett

Happyhansel Primary School,


  1. Way to go! Fight for what’s important!

  2. How can the rest of the knitting world help? This is too important to lose.

  3. Iain Adam

    Please allow the pupils to learn Fair Isle knitting, it is a part of Shetland’s history – what a shame to see it go……

  4. Craig Higgens

    Glad to see it go. Huge waste of time, as if I was ever going to knit outside of school…

    Kony 2012

  5. David Spence

    Craig, no doubt you are of the mindset that ‘ keeping traditional Arts and Crafts ‘ is not economically viable as you cannot make the quick buck from it because it takes skill, talent and perseverance. An attribute most short thinking capitalists or people with no real vision or keeping alive unique skills within a community (and what makes a community stronger) has due to the greed of money taking priority.

    It is because of the attitude you have that has, in many cases, caused much of the problems this world is having today…….quick buck mentality, exploitation, greed and selfishness taking the leading roles in western societies, and killing off local and national traditions and skills.


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