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Gentle Reopening

Hello everyone, just a quick post today to give you a run-through of our situation as Scotland enters the new phase of relaxing Lockdown. Scotland has different rules than England so we are following the current guidelines which mean as of Monday 29th of July we are now in working 5 days a week and our shop is open to the public! We are however still offering free Shetland Delivery for phone and online orders and we would encourage locals to take advantage of this service, and only coming into the shop if completely necessary. We want to keep our customers and staff as safe as possible. We are of course adhering to social distancing in the shop and offering hand sanitiser as well as cleaning regularly.

This also means we are back posting 5 days a week, this should hopefully mean you getting your orders a bit quicker but we are still seeing delays in orders arriving and unfortunately coupled with rising costs we will be raising our postage costs for European and Rest of the World orders as of 1st July 2020. European orders will now cost £8.95 up to 2kg and Rest of the World £10.95, we are working on new systems and hope to offer more options for posting in the near future but for the moment this is the current situation.

Again we would like to thank all our customers and friends for their support and business during this crazy time, we know how lucky we are to have such a strong and reliable customer base that has kept us all working and kept you knitting!

Happy Knitting x

Keep Making KAL

Hello Everyone, Happy Friday! Today we announce the beginning of another J&S KAL – the Keep Making KAL! we thought since it will be a while before life is back to normal we would host another Knit-A-Long. Rather than a themed KAL as we have done before this time we would focus on using this time to make something you’ve always wanted to make or trying a new-to-you skill in your making. We want to encourage discussion and sharing progress – mainly on our ravelry group but also through any social media using the #keepmakingkal

We are all going through different experiences at the moment and we hope the project you choose to work on during the KAL will give you comfort, whether that is as a distraction at the end of the day or something you can focus on while you are home.

so the rules are as follows:

  • All projects must use only Jamieson & Smith yarns/fibres.
  • You can use any wool/fibre based skill – knitting, crochet, spinning, embroidery etc as long as the wool used is from J&S
  • KAL will run from now (22nd May 2020 to 22nd September 2020)
  • Focus on improving your skills, making something you’ve always wanted to make, using a yarn you’ve never used, designing something thats just been an idea or finishing a project that’s been waiting to be finished!
  • Share progress on our Ravelry group and post your finished object in a designated finished object thread.
  • A winner will be chosen at random by a random number generator, everyone who posts a finished object will receive a free J&S pattern of their choice from our Ravelry store.
  • By taking part you are allowing us to share your images on our social media.

So have a think and head over to our Ravelry Group and get chatting about what you’d like to make, we are always amazed at the items made during our KAL’s and we cant wait to see what you come up with!

Chunky Knitting

Hello everyone, during these strange times, it can be hard to find things for children and young people to do in their downtime, looking at screens or watching tv is good some of the time but not all the time so knitting could be a new skill they take up, It improves fine motor skills, problem-solving and math skills as well as using their creativity and reducing stress.

Our Shetland Chunky range is now discontinued but this means the stock we have is available at a reduced price, originally it was £7.50 per 100g ball but we are now offering it at £3.50 a ball, there are lots of great patterns out there for chunkier yarn and there are a few free patterns which are designed for our Shetland Chunky:

These patterns all include different elements of rib, reading your knitting and in the case of the Chunkeanie – knitting in the round. Once these skills are learnt they can be grown upon and using slightly thicker wool, to begin with, will encourage beginners not to give up! There is a lot of help available online too – if you search ‘knitting tutorial beginners’ on youtube, there are literally hundreds of videos that come up!

Happy Knitting!

Angela Irvines Lace Creations

Hello everyone, Happy Friday! today we thought we’d look at something a bit different and share some of Angela Irvines Shetland Lace creations, in particular her lace Creel lampshade which she shared on Facebook a few days ago, I was blown away by it so asked Angela a few questions about it:

For our followers that are not familiar, what is a Creel?

A creel is a cage for catching lobsters & crabs on the seabed.

What gave you the idea to turn it into a lampshade?

The idea came ages ago, a creel is covered in net, and my late brother made many to catch lobsters. I knew they would look fab covered in fine lace. The structure and ‘eye’ of the creel are great sculptural shapes to stretch lace over. Industrial Chic interior fashion is all the rage at the moment too.

Was it easy to do?

It was very very hard to do, I was amazed I didn’t have to re-do any panels. I worked the sizes & stitches out best I could from other creations I gave done on lace furniture panels in the past. The ‘eye’ of the creel was a real challenge to design as it had to finish with the round eye, I just knitted that part as the beginning of a crown for a hat before casting off, it fitted like a glove to my delight! Phew!

How did you choose the lace motif’s you used in the piece?

I chose my favourite auld Shetland Fine Lace seashore themed patterns, ‘Birds Eye’ for the creel eye ( where the lobsters or crabs crawl into the bait & are then trapped) Elaborate Print o’ da Wave top/sides and Alice Maude Pattern for the end as it is a beauty with waves also.

You often use Shetland Supreme Lace in your work, what do you like about the wool?

I use Shetland Supreme as its the best, strongest, finest, dresses the lace out tight to perfection and un-dyed the colour of wir Shetland sheep.

Angela uses our Supreme Lace in her creations like this lamp using Supreme Lace in Grey and the sideboard which features panels in Black Supreme Lace:

You can see more of Angela work on here website here, very inspiring!

Happy Knitting!

Northern Lights KAL winners!

Hello everyone, happy Monday! thank you for all voting in our Northern Lights KAL post, the winners are:

Garment

EvaL8’s Norrsken

and

Accessory

jelibets Night Wing

Thank you, everyone, that took part, and we have messaged the two winners on Ravelry about your prize! Now our Northern Lights KAL has finished we would like to do another KAL to focus on during this strange times, so if you have any ideas let us know in the comments below, happy knitting!

Flecket Friday Cheeriness!

Hello everyone, happy Friday! Today we thought we’d share some cute pictures from one of our crofters.

Lambing season is in full swing now and the fields are filled with bouncy little lambs, Chris Dyer has Garths Croft in Bressay and he has lots of beautiful coloured and flecket Shetland Sheep (the kind of wool that ends up in Supreme Jumper Weight, Supreme Lace and Shetland Heritage Naturals) and he’s been sharing some lovely pictures over on their Instagram so we asked Chris if we could share some here:

Aren’t they so cute? Chris also made a video with a virtual tour of his croft which you can see on youtube here as part of the I Thought I Knew How podcasts online international fiber festival.

While everything is in lockdown it’s important to remember those things that carry on and in agriculture, lambing is one of those things that will happen no matter what! And with very cute results.. So follow Chris’ Instagram and follow along the lambing and crofting journey if you find it interesting, happy knitting!

Northern Light KAL Final Projects!

Hello everyone, we have reached the end of our Northern Lights KAL! today I’m going to share the projects which have been finished during the KAL, the rules were that the item had to be inspired by the Northern Lights in Shetland and could use any style of knitting or any of our ranges of J&S yarn. If you want to see more pictures please click on the link on each picture – that will take you to the Ravelry project page.

We have spilt the poll into garments and accessories so once you’ve had a look over please vote for your favourite, Voting will be open for a week then we will reveal the winners next Tuesday in our Ravelry Group and on Instagram!

Garments

Shetland Skies

Sandvoe

Northern Lights KAL Jumper

Norrsken

Merrie Dancers Dress

Birkin

Thank you for voting, the poll is NOW CLOSED

Accessories

Shetland Mirry Dancers Night

Project Bag

Northern MN Lights

Northern Lights Cowl

Night Wing

Millions O Stars

Every Flavour

Bousta

Hap Cowl

Thank you for voting, the poll is NOW CLOSED

Happy Voting!

Lockdown Inspiration

Hello everyone, we hope you are staying safe and well. I thought today we’d share some inspiring finished projects which have been shared to our Ravelry group, it’s always interesting to see what other people have been working on using our yarns and it can give you great ideas on patterns, colours and yarns to use:

Starting with this beautiful version of Vaila from the Vintage Shetland Book, we love the colours Kim chose in 2ply Jumper Weight and although the shades are quite modern and bright it still gives off great vintage vibes!

We shared this project on our social media last week but its so lovely, its the Quaarl Hat pattern knit in Supreme Jumper Weight. We love the big motif on the main body of the hat – it’s so impactful and in the natural shades it’s just beautiful.

This cardigan knit in Shetland Heritage really stood out to me when I saw it and its a great example of someone taking elements from a pattern to make something perfect for them. The lace pattern is from one of the designs in the Legacy of Shetland Lace book. Light Grey Heritage is such a beautiful colour!

This scarf is knit using 2ply Supreme Lace held together in a marl and the finished project is so great! We love that it shows the different things you can do with laceweight and the way all the natural colours work together is so inspiring. The pattern is from the new Cecelia Campochiaro book ‘Making Marls

This project stood out thanks to the use of Purl Bumps in this pattern, aptly called Purl Bump Mitts is so great and the cuff and fingers texture is so good. simple but so effective! Although it looks like black and white the dark shade is actually Jumper Weight shade 82 which is a really dark green – it works so well with the white.

This project shows off the beautiful finished texture of the Shetland Aran Worsted, it looks so soft and the colourwork is so strong, The pattern is Speedy Selbu Mittens and the colour choice is that bit different than usual but still so effective (Berry Wine and Fluggy White).

Looking at the recently shared projects on Ravelry always leads you down a happy rabbit hole so during this time when many of us have a bit more time you can spend time looking at some really inspiring projects knit using J&S yarns.

Again we’d like to thank you for your support during this time, happy knitting! x

Lace Patterns

Hello everyone, one of the things we been doing during lockdown is taking our Gladys Amedro and lace patterns and adding them to Ravelry and Lovecraft’s as PDF downloads. They are all pre-digital age so it means scanning each page and reformatting them, and as they are all written out that can mean quite a few pages!

During the 1980s and 1990’s Gladys Designed a wide range of Shetland Lace patterns for J&S, they are still some of our best sellers and are seen as some of the most accomplished things you can tackle as a knitter.

clockwise: CW103, Sheelagh, CW112 and CW105

So we’ve added most of the 1ply Shawls that were left to do as well as all the matching Christening Gowns/Robes:

l-r: CW111. CW106 and CW104

As well as the Gladys Patterns that were left we’ve also added the lace scarf patterns:

clockwise: Trondra, Dale, Lunna and Tresta

And the Stole, Jacket/Bonnet and Grace Jumper:

l-r: CW108, CW113 and Grace

Unfortunately, we don’t have all the samples of the lace items – some because they are from a long time ago and we just don’t have them anymore or we’re not able to photograph them at the moment but by ensuring they are all listed on Ravelry it means people can link their projects to them so if you’ve ever made any of these patterns please link them – they are an important part of our history as some over the patterns go back over 30 years!

So if you have some time on your hands and some 1ply Cobweb, 1ply Supreme, 2ply Lace or 2ply Supreme this could be the perfect chance to try out some Shetland Lace. Thanks as always for all your support and patience, happy knitting!

Northern Lights KAL extended!

Hello everyone! we hope you are all keeping safe and well. You might remember our finish date for the Northern Lights KALwas the 1st of April.. well with everything going on we’ve decided to extend it to (provisionally) the 1st of May which means there is still plenty of time (many of us have a lot of that at the moment!) to enter if you want.. it could be the perfect time to use some of that J&S stash into something inspired by the Northern Lights.

Ali Farquhar

One thing you could make is a Katies Kep, this year’s free Shetland Wool Week pattern which came out last week, we have been amazed at the number of orders we have had for the hat so far (we have kits for the J&S colourway) but you could use some Northern Lights inspired shades.. Remember to use our Ravelry group for the KAL, we have a thread for chatting about your projects and sharing progress and then a finished objects thread for you to post the project at the end.

Thank you for all your patience and understanding during these crazy times, we are still posting out 2/3 times a week so although there may be slight delays in responding to emails and orders we are managing to keep everything going! Happy knitting xx

 

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