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Published: 18 March 2023

By Andy Ross

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This week on Tuesday, 21st March, Helen Robertson will be streaming a performance of knitting from the island of Unst.

Unst is the Northern-most of the inhabited isles of Shetland. It is the home of lace knitting in the islands and this week Helen will be live, streaming from the Shetland webcam there. For 12 hours, from 12 o'clock midday UK time, the performance will be ongoing as Helen creates a deckchair seat from handspun yarns in honour of her forebears; a tribute to their tenacity, resilience and creativity. One of Helen's ancestors survived the Gloup Disaster of 1881 and the use of a deckchair is a witty comment on islander's leisure time in the 21st Century compared to the ways in which people lived in past centuries. 

This event is also a trial to see how many people will attend online events from the islands. If it works then we can look forward to more such things happening, giving those of us who have, or would like to have,  a love affair with Shetland a chance to be part of its life once more. 

To see the performance head on over to https://www.shetlandwebcams.com/connecting-creativity/. It should be a contemplative and, knowing Helen's skill at lace knitting, a mesmerising watch!