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Fair Isle

 (fâr)
A small island between the Orkney Islands and the Shetland Islands of northern Scotland. Fair Isle is famous for its knitted woolen garments with distinctive colored patterns.
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Fair Isle

n
(Clothing & Fashion) an intricate multicoloured pattern knitted with Shetland wool into various garments, such as sweaters
[C19: named after one of the Shetland Islands where the pattern originated]
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Fair′ Isle`


n.
1. a banded geometrical pattern knitted into fabric with multicolored yarns.
2. clothing featuring such a pattern.
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Fair Isle

A multicolored pattern used in knitwear made with Shetland wool.
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FAIR isle, that from the fairest of all flowers, Thy gentlest of all gentle names dost take How many memories of what radiant hours At sight of thee and thine at once awake!
What joy does that bring The dragon on the flag Makes the valleys proud When the land of our fathers Is sung out loud The Irish so they say Kissed the Blarney Stone Some travel in caravans That they call home For it is easy to see in these fair isles There are different cultures And different lifestyles But like a jigsaw when put together We become one family True not always living in harmony For families don't always see eye to eye Sometimes they laugh and sometimes They cry But together we are family We become one nation for all to see ALAN WATERHOUSE, Seaton Delaval
Plaids, Fair Isles and folkloric patterns are executed in autumnal colours with loden green and burgundy as the most important hues.
Al says, "Last year's tour took me the length and breadth of these fair isles. On my travels I talked to beautiful people from all walks of life, as well as some students."
The Guv'nor says: "Last year took me the length and breadth of these fair isles. On my travels I talked to beautiful British people from all walks of life, as well as some students, and let me tell you I can't wait to get out there again and dish up further helpings of common sense."
But when it comes to people from our own fair isles, it's a different matter.
In Britain, the east coast was also cooler - with Clacton, Skegness, Bridlington and Scar- borough all struggling at around 13C (56F).Chilliest was the Fair Isles which recorded a temperature of just 9C(48F).
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