Knit Flix

Friday, September 30, 2005

Fair Isle on Fair Isle

Wanted: tenants for remote island … ability with wool a plus
DAVID ROSS, Highland Correspondent

THE Vikings called it Fridarey, or the island of peace. It is now known the world over for its knitting.

It is one of the most remote outposts of humanity in the UK. But there is no shortage of people seeking to take up residence in two vacant properties on Fair Isle – 25 miles south-west of the southern tip of the Shetland mainland – which has a population of only 70.

The National Trust for Scotland (NTS), which was gifted the three-mile long island in 1954, is letting the two homes and has already sent out dozens of forms to would-be islanders ahead of the deadline for applications on Friday.


New islanders will be especially welcome if they bring talents to meet "skill shortages in several areas, but particularly in the building trades and knitting". The Fair Isle Knitting Co-operative sells its wares globally.


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