For many years Mary’s work could be purchased in a shop in Lerwick as well as at the now defunct ‘Shetland Specialists’ on Hanover Street in Edinburgh. For those amongst you who enjoy a bit of trivia, Michael Aspel, host of the BBC’s Antiques Road Show purchased one of Mary’s hand knit Fair Isle jumpers to wear as he presented the show whilst on location in Shetland. Like Helen Jamieson, Rosabell Halcrow, Agnes Bowie and Jackie Irvine, Mary has never personally used a computer – her daughter Angela is who answers all my emails – but as evidenced here her skills are best otherwise put to use.
At the time of Mary’s birth in the 1920’s Prince Edward, Duke of York - briefly known as Edward VIII and best known as the Duke of Windsor - wore authentic hand knit Fair Isle slipovers (with knickers, spectator golf shoes and Argyll socks) on the golf course. This historic connection with the ‘golden age’ of golf, the creation of so many incredible golf courses on both sides of the Atlantic and the men like Donald Ross, James Braid, Old Tom Morris who made it all possible inspired us. Mary lives not far from Skaw Taing - a moorland Par 70 course with exposed cliff tops. Located at latitude & longitude N60:22:55 W00:53:56 Skaw Taing has the distinction of being the most northerly golf course in Britain. At £50 for a weeks' worth of golfing the greens fees alone make it easy to justify purchasing Mary’s Skaw Taing Fair Isle sweater as a memento of your trip. Mirroring the astonishingly beautiful northern waters with their white caps, placid coves with kelp remnants at the tides, windswept moors, and of course the cliffs, Mary captures the Skaw Taing land and seascape in exquisite proportion of knitting artistry. Available as slipover and waist coat, V, round or polo neck or as a cardigan for men or women. Children’s pullover sizes priced as the slipover and waistcoat – contact us to order in advance.
Taking over 100 hours to complete, and rather than being paid 15 pence for her first hand knit jumper, Mary now realises 66% of the retail price (plus all shipping and insurance costs) through Thistle & Broom’s Fair Isle Knitting Project. If you think about what you spend on your habitual consumption of Starbucks or the cost of your new Callaway driver versus the pleasure of owning something so extraordinary it should be in a museum the price will seem entirely reasonable. Blues and green not your thing? Personalisation of your colour choices for Skaw Taing entirely possible, just let us know and we’ll make every effort to accommodate. Please understand that each jumper is made as your order is received and then it will take 4 to 6 weeks to complete, so plan accordingly if you want it for a special occasion. We’ll always provide a copper engraved, silver ink, thistle pink gift card with photo of the original for presentation purposes.