The kids call it FOMO: fear of missing out. Once again, I have a bad case of wishing I were in Scotland for Shetland Wool Week, which started yesterday and continues through next Saturday, October 1. If by some chance you are in Shetland, or near Shetland (is anything near Shetland?) and didn’t know about this special festival, get yourself there!
For the rest of us misser-outers, I have a short list of consolation activities.
Knit a Bousta Beanie
The Bousta Beanie is this year’s commemorative Shetland Wool Week hat pattern, designed by the Shetland Trader herself, Gudrun Johnston, this year’s Wool Week Patron. Look at all the Bousta beauties on Instagram!
With a Bousta Beanie on your head, or on your needles, you can be one with everyone who is in Shetland this week.
I’ve barely gotten into Shetland, which is up to three seasons at this point. The series is based on a book by Ann Cleeves, who also wrote my beloved Vera, another crime series with great sweaters and well-worn outerwear. (Can we call them “sweater mysteries?” Can that be a thing?)
I’m finding Shetland very good so far. I found it on Netflix.
Of course, if you’re just looking for an overall Scottish-magical-historical mood, you can’t go wrong with Outlander.
If Shetland and Outlander do not provide enough sweatertainment for you, check out Marie Wallin’s new collection:
Knit and Eat Baked Goods
We could eat like a Shetlander, too, but personally I’m not going to start with reestit mutton or saat fish. We could whip up a delicious hufsie cake, but really, a pot of tea and a plate of cookies should get us halfway there, I think.
Happy Shetland Wool Week to those who managed to get there, and pleasant missing-out to the rest of us. Maybe next year!