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Shetland's November

Shetland in November sounds cold. Maybe, but it is also almost impossibly beautiful...

Our mornings at this time of year, no matter how early one gets up, are slow to start. Sunrise now, as opposed to the height of summer when the sun bounds into the sky with energy and alacrity, is a gradual process. Glimmers of pale light slowly grow and expand, and the deep, dark colours of night look even deeper and darker compared to the oranges and reds of dawn. Details emerge out of inky water; purple, blue and black. Grey clouds edge-tinted with promise, or black-rimmed with a gentle reminder of rain. Shafts of sunlight hit the sea with silver sparkle. One half-expects to hear heavenly choirs! Along the shore, birdlife scurries busily looking for food, sheep graze on the seaweed and an otter may slip silently into the eddies of the current...

The newest Shetland Tweed Company cloth is based on the season's colours The newest Shetland Tweed Company cloth is based on the season's colours

It was November that inspired the newest cloth - Shetland Autumn - for The Shetland Tweed Company. Having just arrived back from the finishers, here it is for all of you faithful readers out there. Hope you enjoy the season as much as we do!