…four new patterns by Sandra Manson for J&S.
These include a cosy jumper made from Shetland Aran, a much sought after yoke cardigan made from our 2ply Jumper Weight, a lace jumper made in your choice of 2ply Shetland Supreme Lace or Shetland Heritage and a beautiful cushion made from yarn developed especially for our Shetland Flag Cushion pattern.
The proofs are in and have been checked so they are all ready to be printed just down the road here in Lerwick. These are the result of months of work so we are so excited to get them out to you!
More to come very soon…
With it now being less than a month until Christmas we’re excited to be able to give you a guide to help you prepare for any Christmas gifts you get from J&S. You should order by the following dates at the very latest:
Australasia & Asia – Tuesday 3rd December
Africa & South America – Thursday 5th December
Europe – Sunday 8th December
North America – Monday 9th December
UK – Tuesday 17th Dec
These dates are taken from a guide by the Royal Mail and are not a guarantee of delivery by the specified dates. Please order early to ensure delivery of your order. Thank you!
Are you a fan of Shetland Lace? This traditional Shetland art-form which developed out of necessity to help Shetlanders make ends meet from what they had around them has grown to become, with Fair Isle, synonymous with Shetland Knitwear Worldwide; a true home-grown institution. Now more people than ever are discovering this art for themselves, creating beautiful scarves, shawls and christening gowns to pass down to future generations as has been done in Shetland for centuries. This was why we created our new Shetland Lace Collection in 2012.
This new collection has given knitters 9 new designs to try out using our Shetland Supreme Lace Weight yarns. These yarns were developed with the Shetland Amenity Trust as part of the Shetland Fine Lace project to revive a Shetland lace yarn reminiscent of the handspun yarns that would have been used to produce Shetland Fine Lace in the past. These designs have been hugely popular with knitting kits for them being posted out from us here in Lerwick all over the world.
So to add a little bit more variation to this collection, plus a few other lace knits that use our Shetland Supreme Lace, we have added options to the online shop for you to buy these kits in the various beautiful shades of Shetland wool: natural white, fawn, moorit, grey and Shetland black. This will mean you can create something which is even more unique and individual to you.
You can find these on our online shop using the following links, and if you do decide to opt for a shade other than that of the original, please make sure your desired shade is selected before confirming your order. Thank you.
Great Grand Aunt Leezie’s Scarf by Mary Kay
Loren by Gudrun Johnston
Quarry Scarf by Ina Irvine
Anderlea Scarf by Ina Irvine
Dunella Scarf by Kathleen Anderson
Shetland Bound Stole by Monique Boonstra
Early Spring Blossom Scarf by Nancy Bush
St. Ninian’s Scarf by Mary Kay
Kergord Scarf by Mary Kay
Madeira Lace Shawl by Joyce Ward
Eva Shawl by Gema Ord
Plus here are two others from the Shetland Lace Collection 2012 that we haven’t added shade options to due to their use of multiple shades:
Shetland Crescent by Kieran Foley
Tether by Ysolda Teague
Posted in Shetland Heritage, Shetland Lace, www.jamiesonandsmith.co.uk
Tagged Gema Ord, Gudrun Johnston, Ina Irvine, Joyce Ward, Kathleen Anderson, Kieran Foley, Mary Kay, Monique Boonstra, Nancy Bush, Shetland Lace Collection 2012, Shetland Supreme Lace Weight, Ysolda Teague
Now that the 2013 wool season has died down and Shetland Wool Week has passed for another year we have time to gather our thoughts in what is a slightly quieter time of the year at J&S. This also means we can work on a variety of exciting projects to bring you new products and patterns that use our lovely Real Shetland Wool. The first of these has been sorting through our cones of yarn and getting our Shetland Aran and Shetland Heritage cones on our online shop.The Shetland Aran comes in either 500g or 1kg cones which are equivalent to either 10 or 20 balls and the Shetland Heritage comes in 1kg cones which are equivalent to 40 balls. Buying cones gives you a huge saving of 40% for Shetland Aran and 61% for Shetland Heritage to the equivalent weight of balls of yarn. So for larger projects or if you are a regular knitter this is a great option for you. We only take in a limited amount of cones with each batch of yarn produced so to prevent disappointment get yours early before they run out. You can find Shetland Aran cones here, Shetland Heritage cones here and an updated Jumper Weight cones page here, scrolling down each page to get the full range.
Wool Week day 5 has come and gone, today was so busy in the shop i didnt get as many photos as i liked but in the morning we had an advanced lace class with Mary Kay. Mary is a brilliant hand spinner and knitter and she brought lots of examples to show the ladies in the class.
She quickly got everybody knitting and the concentration quietness set in..
All day the shop was very busy, we had visits from lots of people in their fancy Fair Isle!
I love Felicity’s face in this picture! These two ladies arrived in their lovely jumpers. We also met Felipe from Brazil who handknitted his jumper. He used an all-over from the Shetland Museum photo collection as inspiration.
We were all very interested in his oxter (armpit) gussets!
While all this was going on we had a darning masterclass with the brilliant Tom van Deijnen aka Tom Of Holland. He brought so much great stuff with him, I kept trying to go over and take some pictures but customers come first!
You can read more about the kind of things Tom teaches and his passions on his blog here.
Tom had lots of darning mushrooms and knitted fabric for people to practice on. Since we sell and are passionate about handmade woollen products Toms vision is definitely in line with our own and it was really interesting to see how he is bringing back the older techniques.
Tomorrow there are still lots of things going on, including the Shetland Flock Book Fine Fleece Prize Giving which will be happening up at the Marts in Lerwick and the Makers Market in the Town Hall.
I will be holding the fort at the shop until lunchtime then I’m hoping to get out and see some things so there might be another blog post tomorrow.
Until then, happy knitting! Ella x
It was a bit of a quieter day in the shop today. In the morning we had a needlefelting class with the lovely Rosalynn Fraser of Rolo, she brought a huge amount of needles, sponges and a huge range of stuff for the ladies to attach their felted creations to..
Before long everybody was stabbing away, it certainly looked like a good stress reliever! We had a few peerie stabs to the finger but luckily our office manager June is a first aider so she came armed with plasters.
By the end everyone had made something that looked great, a few of them even left wearing brooches they had made!
In the afternoon we had no classes but i thought id get some photos of Oliver’s talk. Every day this week Oliver, the manager and head wool man at J&S, has been giving a demonstration of the Wool grading and sorting him, Stuart and Derek do.
Oliver’s knowledge and skills are invaluable and its always interesting to hear him speaking about Shetland Wool! (Especially in his snazzy handknitted hat by Sandra.)
He went through all the different grades, from Superfine to Grade 4, Superfine being the softest and Grade 4 being the roughest. We use every grade in J&S products, no wool is wasted!
Tomorrow we have one of Shetland’s best knitters Mary Kay giving a lace class in the morning and the wonderful Tom of Holland giving a darning masterclass in the afternoon. It’s bound to be an interesting day!
Wool Week may be coming to an end but tomorrow night the North Atlantic Sheep and Wool Conference kicks off, you can read more about it here.
See you tomorrow, happy knitting! x