Harriet Middleton, like all Shatland women, learned tro knit at her mother’s knee. By the time she was six her hands could follow the Fair Isle Pattern, considered a major part of Shetland’s heritage. The patterns Harriet knits are not written down but something she does instinctually. To capture this one, her son, Billy sat beside her to write down what she was doing. The crown of the hat Hasrriet designed to resemble an MRI Scanner - in itself an historic reference to a time in Shetland when money was being raised for desperately needed medical equipment.
Billy Middleton appreciates knitting is part of his heritage. As an employee of NHS Shetland he embraced the fundraising effort for an MRI Scannerbut it was through his mother that he realised that knitteding was a way to raise money. Over several days he painstakingly documented every stitch she made and transcribed it to form this pattern - a unique gift to Shetland in the community’s bid for an MRI Scanner.