Tuesday, 4 May 2010
Call to Arms - or maybe needles!
A report has reached me that Shetland Council has decided to stop providing knitting lessons in schools. It is part of a cost cutting measure and while I acknowledge that we are in the midst of some pretty scary financial goings on, it seems incredibly short sighted for the Council to restrict information and training about a skill that the Shetland Islands are famous for. At the moment every primary school child ( aged 5-11 ) is taught knitting including Fair Isle techniques. Our craft traditions help to define and enliven our culture. They are far too important to give up without a fight.
Here is the article in the Times newspaper and here is the link to Shetland Islands Council if you feel inspired to let them know how important our knitting traditions are. Please pass this on and send your opinions off to the Shetland Islands Council.