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J&S in the 2013 Wool Season (picture blog)

Although it has been relatively quiet on our blog for the past few months this by no means reflects the buzz of activity that the wool season brings to J&S each year. This always involves taking in around 250 tonnes of wool from around 700-800 individual crofts, hand grading and sorting it for quality and baling it up into around 850 bales for being sent off to the scourers; all whilst preparing ourselves for Shetland Wool Week in October. So before I have to run off to take in more wool, bale it up or work on a pattern or two I have put together a little picture blog giving a tiny insight into J&S in the middle of this crazy season

Under a typical Shetland summer sky, our big green doors are open all season to welcome in more wool at any time

Under a typical Shetland summer sky, our big green doors are open to welcome in more wool at any time

The unassuming façade of the J&S shop gives no hint of the myriad of woolly treasures stocked within

Comparing the middle of the wool season to the beginning in June gives a stark contrast to the amount of wool passing through the wool store

Comparing the middle of the wool season to its beginning in June gives a stark contrast to the amount of wool passing through the wool store each day

Derek (who will not thank me for taking his picture!) sorts through some of the 3 tonnes of wool coming in per day

Derek (who will not thank me for taking his picture!) sorts through some of the 3 tonnes, or so, of wool coming in per day

As we get through the wool, baling it up and stacking it in columns, the crofters’ wool bag bundles characteristic of the second half of the wool season pile up in every nook and cranny

The Middle (or Coloured Wool) Store

The Middle (or Coloured Wool) Store

After spending all day baling up coloured wool it is still bursting out of its stalls

After spending all day baling up coloured wool it is still bursting out of its stalls

Coloured Shetland wool: natural, undyed, versatile, unique

Some of our very best wool, laid to the side for hand-spinners

Some of our very best wool, laid to the side for hand-spinners

A coloured fleece drapes beautifully waiting to be collected by a hand-spinner

A moorit fleece drapes beautifully whilst waiting to be collected by a hand-spinner

Even though knitting is usually more of a winter pastime the shop is busy as ever with boxes full of exciting goodies arriving the whole time to be unpacked onto the shelves and sent out all over the world

The shop is busy as ever with boxes full of exciting goodies arriving the whole time to be unpacked onto the shelves and sent out all over the world

Designs, new and old, grace the shop with kits being made up for any customer needing a new project

Designs and patterns, new and old, grace the shop with kits being made up for any customer needing a new project

Some new friends, the ill trickit trows, have joined us in the shop and some new garment hang, waiting for their patterns, upstairs in the office

Some new friends, the ill trickit trows, have joined us in the shop and new garments hang upstairs, waiting for their patterns to be finished

The whipping machine, used to transform our range of undyed wool carpeting into floor rugs, lies dormant waiting to work again in a quieter time of the year

Down in the old police station all is quiet as the whipping machine, used to transform our range of undyed wool carpeting into floor rugs, lies dormant waiting to be worked again in a quieter time of the year

12 Comments Post a comment
  1. Oh how I love being on your email list. As a spinning teacher, I am always trying to project an image of how wool is processed commercially. Your pictures tell the story so well. Can I use them in my classes? Thank you for sharing.

    September 12, 2013
  2. Petra #

    This. Looks. Like. PARADISE!!!!! 😉

    September 12, 2013
  3. Gail Roche #

    I found this really interesting and I see how busy you are….seven or eight hundred crofts is an amazing concept. Thanks for telling the story.

    September 12, 2013
  4. Yes, of course you can use them Laurie. I’m glad to know that they will be used for such in interesting purpose!

    September 12, 2013
  5. Oh I do hope I get to Jamieson and Smith next year when we are in Scotland.

    September 12, 2013
  6. Many thanks for the wonderful blog. I rebloged it . I had many wonderful comments on it. I have bought and used your yarns many times over the years and love it. I now own one Shetland sheep!
    Keep up the great work I am saving up for a visit.
    Carole

    September 16, 2013
  7. This it just fantastic! Thank you for posting! I would love to come visit some time…. What a sight to see!

    September 16, 2013
  8. Jan #

    Wonderful blog – thank you for sharing it….

    September 19, 2013
  9. Gail Stirling #

    oooh can’t wait for you to write the pattern for the yoke cardigan!!! In time for Christmas would be excellent!!

    October 4, 2013
  10. Hi. This blog is very wonderful. it’s so helpful for me to gain knoladege about wools and yarns. thanks for sharing it…

    November 16, 2013

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