Saturday, 9 November 2013


"Swants?" I hear you ask dear readers - "what are they?" Well let me tell you, they are about to be the next big trend on the Stromness fashion scene. 

We came across the wonderful Swants Dance video from the talented knitting designer Stephen West via his Westknits Facebook page. Stephen has kindly provided a free Swants tutorial on his blog so you too can make your very own pair of Swants. 

As the cold November days set in we predict these will be the 'must have' item in every wardrobe this winter. By the time all our Yap and Yarners have made theirs, and are strutting their stuff down the street in Stromness, there won't be a jumper to be had at the Cats Protection or Red Cross charity shops. You may even glimpse a pair in action behind the desk here at the library! 

What we can't promise is the same standard of Swant dancing as performed by the Westknits  Fun Squad - enjoy!

We would love to see your Swants (ooh errr) so do please email your photos/ dance videos to and we'll share them here - we might even show you ours too ;-) 

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