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Published: 30 December 2012

By Andy Ross

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In the last few days of 2012.

The lovely beach at Breckon in Cullivoe, North Yell. Today it is spectacular!

It is a beautiful, bright and breezy winter day here in Shetland and we are preparing for our weaving workshop which is in the first week of January. To say we are excited is to understate the case! Five days of learning from scratch with a textile artist, for seven enthusiastic folk from the neighbouring island of Fetlar, using all our super new Ashford looms and weave equipment can only be good. Something to start the New Year as we mean to go on. We will be posting pictures...

And what about the last week of the old year? There is a tradition in Shetland of visiting people's homes during the period, taking drinks and toasting in the festivities. We have done our fair share of that, and had a good old community gathering at the Cullivoe Hall for a four-way fiftieth birthday celebration. Fiddle music at its best with local lads, and real retro dance music to follow. What a brilliant celebration...If you do not know Shetland fiddle musicians, have a listen to this from Chris Stout.

There has been lots of news too from the outside world and in the spirit of Christmas and celebration, take a look at the wonderful documentary of Diana Vreeland, The Eye Has To Travel. We watched on lovefilm.com and spent a happy evening laughing, admiring and being happy that people like that are around.

As if that was not enough, a beautiful film called Tears for Sale has become a new favourite. Serbian magical realism about two sisters and their search for menfolk with some wonderful music and singing. Have a listen to one of the songs with extracts from the film here, and the trailer, or better still, purchase the DVD from Amazon.

And the final good news of the year? Remember the weave workshop in January? Well, it has been paid for completely by an anonymous benefactor who wants to share the joy of creating fabric with friends. It is indeed the season for giving... Happy New Year everyone!