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Below information taken from Shetland Wool Week's announcement post.
We are so happy to be able to announce the new Shetland Wool Week patron for 2020 as Wilma Malcolmson @wilmadesigner , internationally renowned for her skilfully blended Fair Isle knitwear. Her beautiful hat design is called ‘Katie’s Kep’. Wilma is well known in Shetland’s local knitting community: a Wool Week and Shetland Peerie Makkers tutor, she is also one of Shetland’s most influential and innovative designers. Wilma has lived in Shetland all her life and, like many others who grew up on the islands, has knitted from childhood. She established her business, Shetland Designer, in 1982 and during that time she has seen her creations reach all four corners of the world.
She says: “My hat ‘Katie’s Kep’ is named after my mother Katie. It includes the patterns that she taught me when I was a peerie lass because they were her favourites. She belonged to that large group of professional knitters, without whom our Shetland colour work and lace heritage might not have been as alive and vibrant as it is today. This is my tribute to all the known and unknown designer artists of Shetland throughout the centuries.”
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