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June 15, 2010 By Andy Ross

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The Fair Isle

And speaking of tours, I spent a wonderful weekend in Fair Isle. The flight is easy; a small eight seater Islander 'plane allows you to see everything in detail, and I was met by Kathy Coull with whom I stayed. Kathy runs a B&B (actually, B&B&Lunch&Dinner) and is a textile expert. She visited the Centre a few years back and wove a beautiful soft blanket in handspun yarns with a raspberry line and a hint of glitter in it. Lovely. Kathy Coull can be found at www.kathycoull.com.

I spent some time with Lise and Ian in their home. Music, poetry, stories, boats, and more music. Fantastic food and company, and rather too much wine. It can't be bad. Thanks Lise and Ian.

I also wandered far and wide taking photographs and enjoying the amazing scenery. Some pictures will go on Flickr, and, to whet your appetite, here ia picture of Fair Isle Crafts' knitted hats. Florrie will be glad to show them to you and the amazing patterns in the knitted jumpers but, if you cannot get there yet, try this link http://www.fairisle.org.uk/fairislecrafts/. For more knitting, go to the peerie museum on the island, The George Waterstone Centre where you can see beautiful natural dyes, and the most delicate patterns.

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Fair Isle is one of my favourite places in the whole world. The people are lovely, the scenery spectacular, and it is a very musical and art-filled island. If you get a chance, go and visit. You won't be sorry. I flew in using DirectFlight, and there is also a ferry service.