Winter Woollies KAL – so far…

We are now less than a month away from the end of the Winter Woollies KAL, and we have been so pleased with the amount of orders going out all over the world!! I thought I’d share some of the finished projects so far..

To see some of the pieces people have already finished have a look at the finished objects thread in our Ravelry group here. Theres also lots of chat and discussion in the general Winter Woollies KAL thread and people are sharing some of their progress shots, you can see that here

Photos taken from the Winter Woollies KAL thread

Photos taken from the Winter Woollies KAL thread

The KAL runs until the 15th December, we are loving seeing all the things people are coming up with so keep it up! The weather has turned in Shetland and on Saturday we had our first bit of Snow, in true Shetland form it is windy and rainy today but it was nice while it lasted and we are beginning to get very thankful for our woollens at Jamieson & Smith, til next time,

Happy Knitting!

Winter Woollies KAL: colour and patterns


Hello! We are so excited as to how many of you have picked up the colours for the Winter Woollies KAL! there is still plenty of time left to get involved so today I thought I’d share some of our thought on the colours and a few ideas for free patterns available on Ravelry.

As you know the Knit A Long requires you to use at least four shades so we (Me -Ella, Amy and Kharis) tried to pick 2 lots of four shades of 2ply Jumper Weight that worked together. Our first group is shades 1,203,FC34 and FC41


To us these colours make us think of dark nights, snow, ice, stormy skies and seas.. all typical of a winter in Shetland! our second group is FC43, FC38, 65 and 9113


These colours are more ‘inside’ inspired shades – roaring fires, christmas trees, baking and mulled wine.

We hoped  by having these two groups it might give people more ideas – of course you can mix and match to your hearts content, it is just a starting off point and by changing one or more you get a different look –

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Sometimes it can be daunting to try and come up with a pattern too, even once you have decided on your colours.. To that end I thought I’d show you some fun patterns all available for free on Ravelry – they all call for fingering weight yarn which is what 2ply Jumper Weight comes under and a few even call for 2ply Jumper Weight exactly (Fair Isle Cuffs, Kite Mitts, Shwook hat) so all you have to do is pick your colour arrangement..

You will see some of the patterns only use 2 or 3 shades, all this means is you will have to add a couple more shades in to get to your 4 colours. This is easily done by doing a bit of background shading or foreground shading. If you feel you need to rechart the Fair Isle into your colours there are a few good free options – one is this Chartmaker which is free, there are also a few good tutorials online about using Microsoft excel to colour a chart (like this one)

I hope this has given you some ideas! We cant wait to see peoples ideas begin to take shape – remember to tag your project on ravelry and instagram using #winterwoolliesKAL and to share your projects in the group on the Jamieson & Smith Lovers group page

Happy Knitting!

winter woollies KAL


The weather is beginning to cool down and things are beginning to feel very wintery in Shetland, so we’ve decided to run a fun KAL (knit-a-long) with a winter theme!


The Jamieson & Smith Winter Woollies KAL 2015!

we know people all over the world are often interested in our Colourbox Challenge we hold with the local agricultural shows in Shetland, this is your chance to get involved with something similar, we have chosen a group of wintery/chrismassy shades and we want you to create some winter accessories using this curated group of shades of 2ply Jumper Weight – it can be headwear,neckwear,gloves,mittens,mitts,socks,legwarmers etc etc….



  • you can use any pre designed pattern or create your own.
  • item must be a accessory as described above.
  • use at least four colours but up to eight from the selected shades: 1, 203, FC34, FC41, FC43, FC38, 65 and 9113 – to be eligible only these shades can be used.
  • item must contain some stranded colourwork/Fair Isle techniques.
  • the KAL runs from now until 15th December

There will be a ravelry thread in the Jamieson & Smith Ravelry group and for easy searching you can use the hashtag #winterwoolliesKAL on instagram and ravelry. If your not on Ravelry or Instagram you can still take part, just send your final photos of your projects to

We will choose a winner after the 15th of December and they will receive a fun J&S prize!

We cant wait to see what you come up with, happy knitting!

wool week friday,saturday and sunday


On Friday we had another class with Felicity, this time the class were working from another set of inspiration pictures and different shades of 2 ply Jumper Weight.



Lots of brilliant swatches again! In the afternoon we had Deborah Gray in doing some drop spindling, we always try and offer at least one spinning class although it is tricky for the space, using the combed tops very quickly everyone was spinning away!




All through the week Oliver was also giving his sorting and grading demonstrations which was busy as always!



On Saturday morning Kharis and Amy held the fort at the shop and I went for a look at the Marts Flock Book sale






I then headed to the Wool Week Hub at Islesburgh Community Centre, where the Makers Market was being held



beautiful pouches by Julia


Traditional knitting by Patricia Doull


Scarves and Snoods by Fraser Knitwear

All through the week the Hub was the base for Wool Week and it worked brilliantly as there was plenty of space for people to sit and knit, spin or whatever!


This map shows all the far flung places people come from to go to Shetland Wool Week, its amazing!

Yesterday to finish off the week we attended the Shetland Guild of Spinners, Knitters, Weavers and Dyers Sunday Teas at Tingwall


Sunday Tea’s is Shetland are a classic and they didn’t disappoint! As well as the cakes and fancy’s there was a great display of the Guild Member’s Work




So that wraps up the J&S coverage of Shetland Wool Week 2015, it is a crazy week for us but we always enjoy it and look forward already to next year!

Happy Knitting xx

wool week wednesday and thursday

On Wednesday we began with a great class with the brilliant Felicity Ford


Felicitys book ‘The Knitsonik Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook’ focuses on finding your own inspiration and creating colourwork from that but in her J&S classes she decided to choose Shetland inspiration and picked a edited group of J&S shades of Jumper Weight to be used.


This meant everyone was working from the same source material but its amazing how different all the swatches came out!




Of course Felicity had her ever inspiring pile of swatches for inspiration


and at the end it was great to see what everyone had come up with


In the afternoon we had another Lace Class with Elizabeth Johnston of Shetland Handspun


Lots of concentration, scribbling and knitting followed..



Of course the shop has been very busy but things carry on and we are still getting out all our orders everyday!


Yesterday was the day for Mary Jane Mucklestone to come in a teach her class on knitting Fair Isle socks.


Mary Jane has written a number of lovely books and patterns and her colourwork skills are amazing! She has so many beautiful swatches which we layed out for inspiration


Socks are one skill and Fair Isle another so to combine them is a great skill and Mary Jane does it in a way which is not scary and before long everyone was knitting away



In the afternoon Gudrun Johnston was in doing her every popular Hap Shawl class


Gudruns beautiful Hansel pattern uses J&S 2ply Jumperweight and in this class she has everyone making a tiny version of the hap which covers all the separate elements of her Hap construction.




We have ran this class now for three years and Gudrun has a Craftsy Class on this subject but it is still very popular and always sells out!

Although its Friday we still have three days left of Wool Week so we will be back with the final few days! Til then, Happy Knitting!


wool week monday and tuesday

Hello! I cant believe we are already on Wednesday, things have been nice and busy in J&S so far for Shetland Wool Week! We have been blessed with lovely weather too which makes things feel even better.


On Monday we only had one class in the afternoon, Elizabeth Johnston of Shetland Handspun was in doing her ever popular Shetland Lace class, Elizabeth is a brilliant and calm teacher so before long everyone was planning out and knitting their lace..



On Tuesday morning we had another Fair Isle class with Hazel Tindall


As always it was a great class and soon everyone was knitting their bookmarks



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In the afternoon we had a lace class with the brilliant designer Ysolda Teaque, Ysolda always come up to Wool Week so we were so happy to have her first class at J&S


Ysolda shared some of her tips and tricks for planning lace motifs within knitting and everyone then charted out and knit some lace patterns.



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You can see from the photos we do all the classes at Wool Week in the shop so these kinds of classes are great. They give people a taste of Shetland style knitting and the chance to take classes with some brilliant designers but they are all about having fun and enjoying the atmosphere of Wool Week in Shetland.

Ill be back soon with more pictures from Jamieson & Smith at Wool Week!

wool week saturday and sunday


We begun the day on Saturday with a Fair Isle class with Hazel Tindall.

IMG_6588 hazel claswsHazel had the ladies knit a bookmark which meant they were doing Fair Isle and steeking in a small project! This way there was a good chance the project would be finished within the time of the class.



On Sunday we had the Opening Ceremony for the week, Wool Week has gotten so big that the ceremony was held in the Bowls Hall at the Clickimin, the hall was beautifully layed out.


As always there was a lovely Fair Isle Cake!


There was some musical entertainment from the Shetland Fiddlers who went to the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, they were wearing their beautiful outfits designed by Shetland Designer Neila Nell


Wool Week Patron Donna Smith cut the Cake


And we were treated to the muscial talents of Felicity Ford..


As well as a speech from Oliver..


And Q and A’s with some of Shetlands Textile elites, more speeches and funs..


We’ll be back throughout the week with more Wool happenings at J&S!

Til then.. happy knitting!