Celebrating the Buggiflooer Beanie launch

What a buzz we had on Friday evening at the launch event of the new Shetland Week Patron Alison Rendall and her beautiful Buggiflooer Beanie!

A Shetland-based nurse and talented Fair Isle knitter, Alison Rendall was announced as the 2023 Shetland Wool Week Patron at a launch event at the Shetland Museum and Archives on Friday evening (28th April).

Obligatory group photo with everyone wearing their SWW hats from previous years. Regulars to SWW will no doubt recognise some familiar faces in the crowd!

Our three leading ladies - Linda Shearer 2022 patron, Alison Rendall 2023 patron and Hazel Sutherland CEO of the Shetland Amenity Trust.

The much-anticipated annual hat pattern, which is synonymous with the launch of the patron was also released. This year’s Shetland Wool Week hat, designed by Alison Rendall, takes inspiration from nature and is called the ‘Buggiflooer Beanie’.

Download the Buggiflooer Beanie here.

Buggiflooer Beanie

Shetland Wool Week is delighted to have such a prolific knitter of Fair Isle as this year’s patron. Shetland born and bred, Alison grew up in the early 1970s surrounded by knitters in pre-oil industry Shetland. She was deeply influenced by the designs and colours of her Nan’s knitting, and has never forgotten the Fair Isle allover and yoke jumpers her mother made for her each year. She learned to knit when very young, and progressed to Fair Isle knitting at school when she was just eight or nine years old.

“Knitting is a great relaxing therapy for me and has seen me through tough times. It is easy to become absorbed in a world of my own, especially in Fair Isle colourwork. I often think about talented makkers of the past, many of whom have gone unrecognised and this is what drives me to share my skills. I believe it is important to keep Shetland and Shetland maakers on the map.”

Alison’s hat is a distinctive design that incorporates traditional elements together with a flower motif. She chose the name Buggiflooer – a Shetland name for Sea Campion – which grows in abundance near her home by the sea. “I like to support Shetland language and culture by using Shetland words in my designs. This practice helps keep them alive in both usage and understanding, bringing them back into the forefront of people’s minds.”

The Buggiflooer Beanie is available in five different colourways using Shetland yarn from Jamieson’s of Shetland; Jamieson & Smith; Uradale Yarns; Laxdale Yarn and and Aister Oo. Two of the versions use just two colours – a design led decision by Alison but also a way to simplify the pattern for those new to Fair Isle knitting.

Chief executive of Shetland Amenity Trust Hazel Sutherland said: “We are absolutely thrilled that Alison has agreed to take on the mantle of wool week patron. Linda Shearer has done a sterling job for us and we know she will pass on her tips to Alison. Alison is an established designer in her own right. She is a proud supporter of Shetland’s heritage, with her inspiration for this year’s hat pattern rooted in Shetland’s landscape, nature and language.”

Photos by lex in the north sea

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