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New Colours

Hello everyone, today we are posting about a few new colours we have got back in over the past while in Jumper and Lace Weight, we are lucky that because we have been making yarn since the 1960’s we have a huge bank of shades from over the years that we can refer to. We are always looking at what’s missing from the 2ply Jumper range and we have recently added 4 new colours:

92 – bright marigold yellow

135 – mid navy

1285 – bright rust mix

FC13 – dark red mix

We have all 4 shades available on cone and ball at the moment, we are waiting for Shade cards to be printed for the new shades so for the moment they are not on the cards but they will be soon and they are on our digital shade card which you can find here, this is good for looking on a device (phone, laptop etc) but I wouldnt suggest printing it as it wont be accurate.

The new shades really add to some of the blending options for Jumper Weight – you can see below how they give just a bit more dimension which works great for Fair Isle knitting.

We have also taken back two shades of 2ply Lace Weight: L38 and L62, thes shades round out the 2ply Lace really well:

L38 – Bright Sherbet Orange

L62 – Marled Blue Purple Mix

You can see below how well they go with some of the other lace shades:

L-R: L40, L69 and L62

L-R: L125, L38 and L53

And last week we took in a batch of 2ply Lace in L1a – this is our natural white 2ply lace shade which we discontinued a few years ago, so if you are interested in a more ‘off white’ look for your project in the Woollen Spun 2ply Lace this is a great option and we are not planning to take it back in permanently so grab it while you can!

Below you can see it alongside the other ‘Natural’ – (all shades in the 2ply Lace are Dyed) colours, L-R: L1, L1A, L202, L3, L78, L4 and L5.

So thats a few new colours for us, we hope you like them – happy knitting!

Wirsit Inspo – March/April/May so far

Hello everyone, happy weekend! Its still pretty cold here in Shetland but we are hoping better weather will be coming soon, this week we are back with our coverage of our Wirsit Inspo (wool inspiration) posts from our Facebook and Instagram posts through March, April and May:

Bains Beach, 2ply Jumper Weight: 1, 1281, 54, FC11 and 18
Misty day at West Voe Beach, 2ply Jumper Weight; FC34, 1280, 1A, FC43 and 54.
Da Lodberrie, 2ply Jumper Weight: 81, FC37, 18, 28, 1281 and 34.
Buoys and Nets, Lerwick. 2ply Jumper Weight: 125, 90, 95, 23, 91 and 71.
Daffodils at the Town Hall, Lerwick. 2ply Jumper Weight: 1A, FC15, FC45, 91, 23 and FC12
Deep Green Sea, 2ply Jumper Weight: 118, FC24, 34, 2, 54 and 81.
At the Peat Hill, 2ply Jumper Weight: FC43, 78, 122, FC44, 80 and 81.

So that takes up to our most recent post, we will post another round up again in a few weeks, we hope these posts give you some inspiration! Happy Knitting!

Wirsit Inspo February – March

Hello everyone, happy weekend – today we are sharing here more of our weekly Wirsit Inspo (wool inspiration) pictures that we post on Facebook and Instagram, these cover what we posted in February and March so next week we’ll be back with rest of March til now:

Beach Finds, 2ply Jumper Weight Shades: 1, 203, FC6,FC7, 9097 and 81
Bog Cotton and Sunshine, 2ply Jumper Weight: 1, 16, 121, FC11, FC12 and FC44.
Powerful Sea, 2ply Jumper Weight: 1, 203, FC61, 54 and 81.
Charisma, 2ply Jumper Weight: FC47, 16, 1, 91, 23 and FC21.
Wild Flowers, 2ply Jumper Weight: 23, FC22, 9097, 202, FC11 and 118
Fladdabister Sheep, 2ply Jumper Weight: 122, 4, 1281, 203, 14 and 1A.

We hope you like seeing these posts as much as we like putting them together, they are to give you ideas for Fair Isle, colourwork, stripes, lace – anything. It shows how much our colour palette is inspired by our surroundings here in Shetland. Happy knitting!

Tirval’s Toorie

Hello everyone, you may have seen our post on instagram with our new pattern earlier today, Sandra has designed this lovely hat in Shetland Heritage in two different colourways and lengths -Tirval’s Toorie!

The pattern is written for a longer Kep style and a shorter Beanie, both use the Shetland Heritage yarn – the shorter style in the Dyed Heritage and the longer one in the Natural:

The Shetland Heritage is a great option for a hat as we move into Spring, its Worsted Spun (meaning its been combed before spinning) which creates a drapier, softer yarn and its slightly thinner than Jumper Weight making for an overall lighter weight hat. The pattern uses traditional Shetland motifs and corrugated ribbing and is finished off with a plain crown and a tassel.

So if you have a stash of Shetland Heritage the pattern is available to download on ravelry here, payhip here or the kit is available on our online shop here, Happy Knitting!

Da Crofters Kep Kit Pre-Orders

Hello everyone, you may have seen that today the new Shetland Wool Week hat pattern – Da Crofters Kep was launched!!

Sadly again this year Shetland Wool Week will be online (keep an eye out later in the year for more on that!) but this means that Wilma Malcomson has continued her reign as Patron for another year and designed another beautiful hat, Da Crofters Kep.

Unfortunately, even with planning and ordering ahead, we are out of stock of one of the shades (FC38) in the J&S colourway 😦 Lockdown, coronavirus etc etc has really impacted our production chain as it has for many people and businesses but we are offering a pre-order option for our colourway.

If you order it you will pay for it now but it will not be posted until we have the full kit in stock – we are hoping it will be less than a month but we cannot guarantee this, we are asking for your understanding and patience with this and you can be sure AS SOON as that missing shade appears we will be getting those kits out!

2021 Shetland Wool Week Hat J&S Colourway: 2ply Jumper Weight FC46, 82, FC38, 122, 32 and Shetland Supreme Jumper Weight 2005 Shetland Black.

As always with the Wool Week Hat patterns we love to see the variety in everyone’s finished hats and for this design you need two balls of your main shade (one if you use Shetland Supreme Jumper weight) and one ball each of 5 contrast shades of 2ply Jumper Weight.

We cant wait to see everyones Crofter Keps! Happy Knitting!

UPDATE 30/4 We now have kits available and have fulfilled all the pre-orders. You can order kits here

More Wirsit Inspo

Hello everyone,

As promised on our last Wirsit Inspo blog here are all the inspiration pictures we have posted on our Instagram and Facebook. Every week I (Ella) scour my photo archives for pictures from all seasons and match them up with 2ply Jumper Weight (mainly due to the shade range but I am always looking to use other ranges too!)

So here they are and as long as you keep enjoying them we will keep posting them:

Puffin in Fair Isle: FC21, 54, 91, 125, 1, 77 and FC12.

Wintery Walks, Lerwick. Shades 1, 75, FC34, FC38 and FC44.

Laburnum and Aliums, Lerwick Flower Park, Summer 2020. Shades 23, 123, FC24, FC11 and FC12.

2020 Lerwick Up Helly Aa Galley, shades 1, 121, 1403, 132 and FC41.

Stenness Haaf Station, Eshaness. Shades 1A, 90, 142, 78 and 54.

Sandy banks of a Shetland Beach, Yell. Shades FC15, FC12, 121, FC43 and 202.

Wild and Windy Seas, Lerwick. Shades 1280, FC61, FC35, FC41 and 81.

Sea Pinks on the Rocks, Fair Isle. Shades 1, 54, 81, FC11, 52 and 1284.

Ronas Hill on Boxing Day, shades 1A, 14, 121, FC55 and FC44.

Kegord Trees in the Summer, shades 1, FC11, FC12, 82 and 4.

A wintery day on the Westside, shades 14, FC61, 1281, 122 and FC44.

Wintery Shetland Pony Foal, shades 122, FC44, 5, FC24, 14 and 1.

I hope you enjoyed that, happy knitting!

New Rugs!

Hello everyone! today we have some exciting news to share! we just received more of our Skye Weaver Rugs – we’ve replenished our original grey colourway and added two new colourways:

All the rugs are woven in our undyed Shetland Supreme Jumper Weight, 100% Real Shetland Wool in its beautiful natural colours. So our new colourways are: 2007 and 2006 – Sholmit and Shetland Black, 2004 and 2006 – Gaulmogot and Moorit and our original 2003 and 2009 – Sholmit and Yuglet.

These woollen spun yarns make for a truly cosy blanket (ideal for the snowy weather we’ve been having here in Shetland) and are perfect for the back of a couch or on your bed. They measure approx 140cm wide and 190cm long. They are woven by pedal for us by Skye Weavers, we are so excited for them to have arrived!

You can find them on our website here.

Christmas and New Year

Hello Everyone, just a quick post to let you know we are now Closed for Christmas and New Year and will reopen again on Monday 4th of January 2021 at 9am. During this time our online shop will continue to be open but nothing will be dispatched until we are back and no emails will be answered.

We hope whatever you are doing you have a peaceful and happy Christmas and New Year, it has been a crazy year and we are so grateful for you all.

Cheers! xx

Wirsit Inspo

Hello everyone, If you follow our Instagram or Facebook page you will have seen over the past few months we have started doing weekly ‘Wirsit Inspo’ posts. basically, its where we take an image of something in Shetland and put a palette together inspired by the picture. I have mainly done them in 2ply Jumper Weight but have done one in 2ply Lace and I’m going to try and use more ranges too. When we post them they always get really good feedback so I thought we would share them here too:

Seaweed at the Shetland Museum Slipway. 2ply Jumper Weight top to bottom: 2. 1281, FC38, FC44, FC11

Seapinks and Sea, Northmavine. 2ply Jumper Weight top to bottom: FC61, 203, 121, 1283, FC12, 4

Wool Bales. 2ply Jumper Weight top to bottom: 81, 54, 1281, 2, 202

Peerie Boat, Shetland Museum. 2ply Jumper Weight top to bottom: 202, 66, 125, 16, 122, FC14

Scalloway Haa. 2ply Jumper Weight top to bottom: 3, 27, 1, 16, 101

Stratsraad Lehmkuhkl, Lerwick Harbour. 2ply Jumper Weight top to bottom: 36, 21, FC47, 91, 66, 1

Fading Heather, Nesting. 2ply Jumper Weight top to bottom: FC12, 80, FC38, 1284, FC21, 16

Sunset. 2ply Lace Weight top to bottom: L63, L15, L53, L96, L95

Wintery Beach. 2ply Jumper Weight top to bottom: 203, FC39, FC47, FC21, 2

The Lodberrie and Bains Beach. 2ply Jumper Weight top to bottom: 77, 54, FC61, 1281, 32

Seapinks, Sumburgh Head. 2ply Jumper Weight top to bottom: 81, FC41, FC11, FC6 and 1A

As we head into winter here (the sun set at 3.22pm yesterday..) it’s great to look back at pictures from seasons past, I will post them here every couple of months but you can follow the #wirsitinspo hashtag on Instagram to keep up with them as we post them, hope this has given you some inspiration,

happy knitting!

Ella

Gift Ideas 2020

Hello everyone, the season of gifting is nearly upon us and although it seems unthinkable Christmas will be here before we know it! This year we expect there to be delays in delivery times as we get closer so we would encourage you to order as soon as you can for presents – we have organised our most common knitterly and knit appreciative gifts on one page on the website which you can see here

RUGS – we have a limited number (don’t worry, more are coming!) of our beautiful rugs woven for us using our Supreme Jumper weight by Skye Weavers, they are so cosy!

YOKES – We have a range of Jumper Weight and Heritage Yokes Cardigans available (and some Jumpers) these are completely made in Shetland. The body and sleeves are machine-knitted on a domestic machine then the yokes are hand knit. Each one is different!

CREW – we also have a selection of plain crew neck jumpers knit in 2ply Jumper Weight, these are classic and timeless garments that will last a lifetime!

GIFT KIT/BOXES – we have also put together a selection of our patterns into gift boxes which contain the yarn and pattern, we have chosen a mix of patterns but if you have anything specific in mind we can always put something together for you – just email us!

COASTERS KEYRING MUGS – perfect peerie presents, our range of mugs, coasters and keyrings are made in Shetland and depict a range of our patterns.

SOCKS – we also have a selection of Toonie and Crofter socks which are knit in Shetland Heritage Naturals, these are some of the warmest socks ever and the two thicknesses are perfect for either in normal shoes (toonie) or in wellie/walking boots (crofter)

HATS MITTS – we also still have stock of our hand-knit mitts and hats, these are all totally unique and knitted by expert Shetland knitters.

We have just restocked our hand-knit Olivers hats too which are made by the designer – our own Sandra Manson and finished with an exclusive J&S tag.

NATURAL CUSHIONS/RUGS We still have a small stock of these undyed Cushions and Rugs which make great presents and keep you warm!

SELECTION BOXES If you want to buy someone Wool but are not sure what to get our Selection Boxes make a great gift!

You can also buy any yarn and add a kit box to make your own gift box.

KNITTING BELTS We have two styles of Knitting Belts, both made in Shetland so we have lots of colour options – Whalsay Belts and Tomas more muted colours

BOOKS and as always we have lots of books, including our own publications and some newer ones which have come out this year like the 2020 Wool Week Annual and the Wool Adventures Journal Volume 1

ACCESSORIES We have lots of good accessories too for gifts, many a knitter love an accessory!

Phew, if you’ve reached here Well Done and hopefully that has given you some ideas, you can find all the products mentioned here on our gift page.

Happy Knitting xx