winter jobs


During the winter (and its feeling wintery today in Shetland!) of course things slow down a bit on the Wool side of J&S but we carry on with the job of sorting the graded fleeces, white and coloured. Shetland Wool is known for having different grades in one fleece and it is this time of year we can take the time to separate out the best of them.


Oliver is taking each fleece and looking for certain things within them – the handle, the character and fibre fineness to name a few. You often find spinners looking for the crimp of a Shetland fleece and this is one of the things we are looking for.  The best of all these things together make for the finest results in Spinning.


The finest fleeces have a lack of Guard Hair, the courser fibres which bring down the grade. By hand sorting you can remove and ensure the overall fineness of the fleeces. This exquisite Shawl of Sandra’s shows an example of how fine Shetland Yarn can be hand spun.


As well as the white fleeces, which is obviously the most common in Shetland, we are also lucky to have many of Shetland’s crofters come to us with their coloured fleeces. (I did a post a while ago about the Natural Colours which you can see here) These are crucial because they allow us to have a number of ranges using only the Natural Shades. 1 and 2ply Supreme Lace and Shetland Supreme Jumper Weight. We also have something new coming soon using the Undyed colours so keep an eye out for that..


So although the green doors are shut there are plenty of things going on behind them! And if your interested in Olivers hat there will be a pattern coming soon..


Happy Knitting!

12 thoughts on “winter jobs

  1. JM Stocker February 23, 2016 / 3:44 pm

    Dear Jamieson Team, Good to hear there are things in the pipeline. I used to teach English as a second language here in Germany before I retired, so I’m a bit sensitive to correct English. Could I just point out a couple of, probably, typos?Original -“So although the green doors are shut there are plenty of things going on behind them! And if your interested in Olivers hat there will be a pattern coming soon” Better is, “So although the green doors are shut there are plenty of things going on behind them! (OK) Also, if you’re interested in Oliver’s hat, there will be a pattern coming soon.(It’s not good to start a new sentence with “and”. Your is a possessive pronoun as in ‘your hat’Oliver’s hat, needs the apostrophe to denote that the hat belongs to a man named Oliver. ) Yes, I know I’m pedantic, but it’s a shame if we lose the skill to write correctly, don’t you think? I am looking forward to the new wool, I just love the garments I’ve knit with Jamieson’s wool. Cheers from a wintry, snowy southern Germany. Jean Stocker 

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  2. NancyMac February 23, 2016 / 5:03 pm

    Love watching Oliver sport different hats! How wonderful to know there are several things in the pipeline and especially ‘natural colours’, very enticing news. Wonderful photos yet again. Thanks for the update!

  3. Susan February 24, 2016 / 1:54 am

    Great hat and LOVE those coloured fleeces!!!

  4. thetinfoilhatsociety February 24, 2016 / 4:16 am

    Oh, what a wonderful winter job, I can almost smell the sheepy goodness from Arizona!

  5. Juliann February 24, 2016 / 4:27 pm

    Funny! The first thing I looked for was Oliver’s hat. I love that shade of blue and white. Can’t wait to see the pattern come out.

  6. Jane Dale February 24, 2016 / 8:13 pm

    Thanks Ella for taking the time out of your busy day to keep us informed of what is happening at J&S. Love all your posts and appreciate all the hard work that goes into each one – even taking photos is tricky in wintery daylight. Apologies in advance if their are any grammatical errors in this comment!

  7. Judy Lightfoot February 25, 2016 / 5:17 am

    I sometimes use and at the beginning of a sentence, I will remember to use also.

  8. Ella February 25, 2016 / 8:36 am

    Thanks Jane X

  9. curtthesheep February 26, 2016 / 10:30 am

    Dear Jamieson and Smith Team,
    There you go. No rest in the Real Shetland wool industry!
    Once one thing is developed there is something new to work on. I, for one, never stop learning and wanting to look forward but I know the products we have already developed need proper marketing. If we don’t get the message out there and see positive results incentives to innovate disappear.
    So, no rest for the likes of us but working together we can build a solid future. I have a plan……
    Best wishes

  10. thecrazysheeplady February 26, 2016 / 7:05 pm


  11. Tammy Sutheland May 24, 2016 / 10:52 pm

    Oliver’s hat is lovely! Has the pattern already been released? If not may I ask when we can expect it?

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