Northern Lights Knit-A-Long 2019/2020

Hello everyone, a few weeks ago I asked in our Ravelry Group what people thought about doing another Knit-A-Long, we have done a few (Winter Woollies, Fire Festival) and of course every year we do the Colourbox Competition at the Agricultural Shows in Shetland. The answer was yes and I asked in a poll what people would like to do – we usually choose the colours but for a change this time we are merely going to give you the inspiration and leave colours up to you.

Photo Copyright: David Gifford

We have chosen Northern Lights as our inspiration source for this KAL, Shetland is known for being one of the best places to see Northern Lights or Mirry Dancers as we call it. As the nights darken and the temperature drops the sky is often filled with these strange moving lights in all different colours. It makes a great inspiration because you can choose to be inspired in any way:

  • By colour: greens, yellow, purple, blue, navy, black.. the more you look the more colours you see!
  • By shapes: swirls, stars, lines, gradients
  • By style of knitting: colourwork/Fair Isle, Lace, Slipped Stitches..

Our only stipulation is you must use all J&S yarns – you can use any, from cobweb up to chunky but to be eligible for a prize you must be able to show it is made in our wool.

I have made a Pinterest board with more images but I would suggest looking at posts like this and this.

So details:

  • KAL will run from today (November 11th) until 1st April 2020.
  • You can make any type of Knitted Garment/Accessory or Home item.
  • What you make must only use Jamieson & Smith yarns.
  • Item must be inspired by Northern Lights either in colour, motif or effect – or all three!

You can share what you’re making with the #northernlightskal on Instagram and you must tag Ravelry projects with #northernlightskal

We will be back with more info soon but for now get thinking about what you would like to make and share in our ravelry group and on instagram

Wool Week 2019 – a photo roundup

Hello everyone, happy Friday! It’s hard to believe that Shetland Wool Week 2019 ended over a month ago, we had such a busy time but the dust has settled so we thought we’d share some pictures from throughout the week:

The Opening Ceremony L: lots of Roadside Beanies R: table decoration featuring scarfs mentioned in this post
Oliver giving his speech
Judging at the Marts L: on the hoof R: a beautiful Moorit fleece
L: Prizewinning fleece R: the winners
The Hub L: Lots of Knitters R: Amazing giant Jumper Board
Vivian Ross-Smiths’ exhibition was on in the Hub space during Wool Week, for more information about Vivian’s work see here.
L: Burra Bears R: Faye Hackers of the Shetland College and Nicholas Coleridge, Chairman of the Campaign for Wool
Oliver giving his talk ’50 Years in Shetland Oo’
L: The Oo never stops! R: Oliver giving his sorting and grading demonstration
L: It was a week of Roadside Beanies R: Amazing Jumper featuring all the motifs from Shetland Wool Week hats past and present.
Ruth Mackenzie and Matt Roberts of the Shetland Amenity Trust alongside Oliver presenting Dave Wheeler with his prize for winning our Seasons of a Shetland Crofter Competition. We also launched the book at Wool Week, its available here!
So much amazing Knitwear all week! L: a Hevdadale Scarf and Ola Yoke R: A Roadside Skirt!
Beautiful fleeces outside the Woolstore
L: Roadside Beanie and Glebe Jumper R: Just some of our mail posted out during the week

Lots of great memories and friends made as always, for more information about Shetland Wool Week see here, it will soon be here again, Happy Knitting!

photos: Adam Curtis, Ella Gordon and one from Sara Granqvist (thanks Sara!)

 

Harrogate Knitting & Stitching Show 2019

Hello everyone, happy Friday! In just a few weeks Sandra and Derek will be heading down to Harrogate for the Knitting and Stitching Show, this is just a short post to give you some details and where you can find more info.

The show is on 28th November – 1st December at the Harrogate Convention Centre and Derek and Sandra will be bringing down a wide selection of yarns, kits and accessories direct from us here in Shetland, if there are also things we don’t have with us you can order them at the show and we will post them when they get back.

You will find us at stand A662, and there are details here for purchasing tickets and here for travel and other visiting info. If you plan on attending the show and there are specific things you would like us to bring please leave a comment and we will do our best to take it.

Happy Knitting!

Shetland Wool Week Scarf Project

Hello everyone, happy Friday! Today we thought we’d share some images of a project we took part in during Shetland Wool Week which was coordinated by Faye Hackers of the Shetland College.

The project took inspiration from people known in the Shetland Textile industry who provided Faye with imagery and text about what they love about Shetland, this was then taken by Faye and designed into one-off scarfs which were auctioned off for charity during a silent auction at Wool Week.

Among the people asked were J&S’s own Oliver and Ella, former patrons Donna Smith, Elizabeth Johnston and Hazel Tindall. For more information see Fayes Instagram posts. We love how different each scarf was:

We were happy to donate all the yarn for the project meaning the scarves were knit in 2ply Jumper Weight or Shetland Heritage, in total the auction raised £1,776.00 of which 100% will be donated to charity as we provided the yarn for free. The charities chosen by the individuals were: Cancer Research UK, CLAN, Shetland MRI Scanner Appeal, Mind Your Head, GlobalYell, Lerwick Brass Band and Whalsay Heritage Centre.

All and all it was a great project!

Model and white photography: Faye Hackers

Museum Photos: John Hunter

Models: Akshay Borges and Alanah Young

Seasons of the Shetland Crofter

Hello everyone, Happy Shetland Wool Week! just a quick post today revealing the cover and list of shortlisted entries featured in our Seasons of the Shetland Crofter book. You may remember earlier this year we asked for people to send us their pictures and stories representing the 4 seasons in the year in Shetland in Crofting and Farming. We are pleased to announce the winners as follows:

The overall winner and cover image – Dave Wheeler

1st place Spring – Brian Smith
1st place Summer – Sally Sanford
1st place Autumn – Laura Sinclair
1st place Winter – Heather Gray

Shortlisted Entrants (featured in the Seasons of the Shetland Crofter book):
Mary Brown
Anne Macdonald
Rachel Challoner
Lisa Johnson
Jane Gray
Alexis Simpson
John Hunter
Nia Hunter
Darren Leslie
Elaine Tait
Nancy Johnson
Andrew Nicolson
Gwen Williamson
Pam Williamson
Kaila Tarrant
Allan Fraser
Jacqueline Leask
Marty Davis
Ian Reid
Margaret Towriess
Anne Doull
Jac Bates

As a reminder the prizes were:

OVERALL WINNER:

(Defined by the best overall entry as selected by the judging panel)

Vispring Real Shetland bed set* (for Shetland residents only)
Two-night stay at Sumburgh Head Lighthouse courtesy of Shetland Amenity Trust (to be claimed within 1 year)
Copy of the Seasons of the Shetland Crofter book

1st Place per Category:
(Spring/Summer/Autumn/Winter)
£100 in cash or J&S vouchers
Vispring branded J&S RSW throw
Copy of the Seasons of the Shetland Crofter book

Shortlist Entries per category:
Vispring branded J&S RSW throw
Copy of the Seasons of the Shetland Crofter book
Pair of J&S Real Shetland Wool socks

So if you are reading this and your name is there we will be in touch (or already have been!) and if you would like to purchase a copy of our book featuring images from this competition it is available now here in Shetland in the shop and we will have it available online next week, it is priced at £10.

Happy Knitting and remember to follow our social media this week (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as we’ll be trying to post as much as we can about Shetland Wool Week!

Shetland Wool Week at J&S through the years

Hello everyone, can you believe Shetland Wool Week is nearly upon us yet again? We are trying to get organised here but you can hardly believe that this is the 10th Shetland Wool Week, every year the event has grown and now its a huge event in the calendar and our busiest week in the shop by far!

The programmes through the years!

You may or may not know that it was us, J&S, who started Wool Week back in 2010. Through our work with the Campaign for Wool, it was suggested we hold a Wool Week in Shetland which was organised to tie in with the Shetland Flock Book Society’s annual sale – if you’ve ever wondered why SWW is at the time of year it is – that’s why! Together with the Shetland Amenity Trust and Shetland Museum J&S put together a number of events and that’s what kicked the whole thing off! Since 2011 the event has been made possible thanks to the work of Promote Shetland as it was then and later the Amenity Trust.

So I thought we would have a look back through some pictures from Wool Weeks over the years here at J&S..

2010

You have to go pretty far back on the blog to find about 2010 but after Oliver had a couple of weeks to put together a SWW J&S hosted a selection of classes and tours. It was also the year we launched the Shetland Fine Lace project and in turn our Shetland Supreme 1 and 2ply Yarns.

2011

2011 didn’t have a lot of blogging action but it did see the launch of our first book Knit Real Shetland for SWW alongside some of our most popular kits: Eva Shawl, Eid Top and Yuglet Hat to name a few, it was the first year we had a programme for the event and it consisted of a folded a3 piece of paper – seen above. Quite different from now!!

2012

   

2012 was when I would say people started really seeing that Shetland Wool Week was the place to be.. highlights included a trunk show from Kate Davies’ first book ‘Colours of Shetland‘ (we had no idea how big that would be!!) and the launch of our Shetland Heritage yarns.

Kate was the first patron of Shetland Wool Week, at that time it wasn’t the big thing it is now but it was the start of that tradition..

2013

     

2013 saw classes from visitors like Tom of Holland and Felicity Ford (the second wool week patron!) and local designers like Hazel Tindall and Elizabeth Johnston.. for a bonus point see if you can see another future patron in the class pictures..

We also had a visit from some of Shetlands future designers, the girls visited us from Whalsay, at the time they were the only after school/lunchtime knitting group and were definitely innovators!

2014

In 2014 we had our first opening ceremony – prior to that the organisers always had a closing ceremony but for the first time we all gathered at Mareel. We also had our first pattern! Hazel Tindall was the patron and designed the Shwook hat – starting the hat pattern tradition we have all come to know and love. More classes this year from designers including Gudrun Johnston and Mary Jane Mucklestone whos classes can be seen above.

2015

2015 was the year of the Baable Hat! Donnas pattern for that year truly went viral and we had another busy year with classes and tours in the shop as well as a lot of wool buying (of course!). The opening ceremony grew again and was even bigger at Clickimin Centre featuring speeches and talks from all involved in Wool Week.

2016

2016 was another busy year of classes and we saw lots of new and returning visitors at J&S, that’s one of the best things about SWW – we get to see the friends we made in the years before! Every year Oliver’s sorting and grading demonstrations are one of our most visited events (if you are here this year they are on again!)

2017

In 2017 we had a very exciting SWW as we launched our book Jamieson & Smith A Shetland Story, this was the result of a good few years of work by us all so it was exciting to have the book launch during Wool Week. We continued with our classes in the shop but also hosted a Wool and crofter focused event at Gremista Farm as unfortunately, the Flock Book sales fell outwith SWW that year.

2018

Oh dear, I didn’t get many pictures last year! It was by far our busiest year in the shop so most of the time was spent at the till – but it was another great year. We had a big Opening Ceremony at the new Anderson High school and you can see all the Merrie Dancers Toories!

2019..

And here we are at 2019 and the year of the Roadside Beanie and Oliver as the patron, it’s so great to see it come full circle.

I hope you’ve enjoyed a trip down J&S SWW memory lane!

Ollie Dolly!

Hello everyone, happy Friday! A few weeks ago we received an email from a customer in Australia, Debra Hinton who had made a doll featuring our very own, and this year’s wool week patron, Oliver Henry!

Debra had kindly mentioned in her email she would be happy to have the pattern available free so we are offering it to you here if you would like to make your own peerie Ollie! I (Ella) decided to make one and for my first knitted doll – I’m very pleased! I found the pattern easy to follow and it just took me a few nights of working on it before he was finished.

It’s knit using 2ply Jumper Weight and stuffed with our Wool Balls – I went for shades 21 (blue), 53 (peach) 54 (dark grey) 203 (light grey) and 9097 (red). For the boiler suit details, I used sewing thread held double in a bronze shade.

So if you would like to make your own Oliver you can get the pattern by clicking here: oliver henry man of wool doll. Although it is free (for non-commercial use i.e you can make it for yourself or for a gift, not for sale) she did mention she would be happy for people to make a small donation to the MRI Maakers appeal.

If you are coming to Wool Week and would like to make one we would love for you to bring your doll so we can take a picture and show Oliver, we’d love to see how many we can see before the Week is out!