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Hazel Tindall was born and brought up in Shetland, watching knitters – six days a week – from the moment she started to focus on movement. She can remember learning to read but has no memory of learning to knit, other than studying the stitches to ascertain which was knit and which was purl.

Her teenage years were spent hand knitting fair isle yokes – piecework for a local business who exported knitwear overseas. This was a great way to learn how to use colours, and choose suitable patterns (motifs).  To keep boredom at bay she created new patterns which she still uses. While Hazel’s first love is fair isle knitting, she also knits lace, using both thick and thin yarns.

In Shetland, she leads workshops during Shetland Wool Week, and for visiting groups including Arena Travel and Celtic Tours.  She has been a tutor at Edinburgh Yarn Festival, Loch Ness Knit Fest, Dornoch Fibre Festival and Craft Cruises. She finds helping knitters overcome their fears about cutting their knitting, choosing colours for Fair Isle and trying more efficient techniques are the most rewarding parts of leading workshops. Hazel prefers to knit with long double pointed needles and a knitting belt and workshop participants are given the opportunity to try using these.

The knitters Hazel watched as a child were using highly efficient knitting techniques to enable them to produce high quality knitwear in minimum time; their families needed the income from knitting. Hazel adopted these techniques and in London in 2004 she took the title of “World’s Fastest Knitter”, and successfully defended the title in 2008 in Minneapolis.

Knowing that some knitting techniques are more easily demonstrated on film than described in words on paper, Hazel has made 2 knitting DVD/downloads, one focusing on Fair Isle and the other, in collaboration with Elizabeth Johnston, is a collection of useful tips for knitters of all levels. She writes patterns for others to follow; some of these have been featured in magazines and books. More information can be found at www.hazeltindall.com.

Hazel Tindall was born and brought up in Shetland, watching knitters – six days a week – from the moment she started to focus on movement. She can remember learning to read but has no memory of learning to knit, other than studying the stitches to ascertain which was knit and which was purl.

Hazel Tindall

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