out of season

At this time of year we are beginning to gear up to the busy wool season – all throughout the year we are continually hand sorting and grading the wool but it’s also the perfect time for us to do a bit of maintenance to our buildings!


We are based in Lerwick, Shetlands Capital so this means we are tight for space, wool takes up a lot of room and we are always looking for ways to streamline our operations. During the Wool Season the Wool store is absolutely jam packed with lovely wool, see this picture from the last year….


Anyone who has visited J&S will know we had two Wool Stores, well this off season we have combined the two to make one big wool store! This was quite a task and the floors were not at the same level as they were build at different times. Luckily Oliver, Derek, Scott and Jan are all handy with a hammer so once got the wall knocked down (by professionals!) they were able to do all the work in raising the floor. We also blocked up the two middle doors so there is more room for the bales we know are coming!

The main reasons for this alteration are not just to improve the work flow and thus cut costs it is also to accommodate a more modern, larger baler replacing our current wool press, we received it second hand in 1970 so we are due an upgrade! This new press will cut costs and speed up wool handling meaning we can process crofters wool and payment’s faster.



There used to be one small door linking the two stores, now the forklift can easily go between them and stacking bales is a bit easier


We also took the chance while we were working with concrete to install a better ramp and rail outside the shop, which makes outside the shop a lot safer and tidier.


In a small place like J&S it’s important that we can all turn our hand to different things, and we are very lucky we have members of staff able to do this work in house when things are a bit quieter on the Wool Side, it’s a lot of hard work now but in the long term it will benefit how we are able to process the Wool we receive annually from over 600 of Shetlands Crofters and Farmers. I think head Wool man Oliver is pleased with the progress!


Until next time, happy knitting!

5 thoughts on “out of season

  1. bdegar April 20, 2016 / 12:57 pm

    Wonderful to see these improvements that will streamline the work. I am especially happy to see the new ramp that will be a boost for customers with mobility issues as well as parents with baby strollers!

  2. maureen anderson April 20, 2016 / 7:51 pm

    Bravo to you all for getting stuck in with all that hard work, let the wool season begin:)

  3. sophy0075 April 20, 2016 / 7:57 pm

    How splendid to have so many Jacks (and Jills!) of all trades (not to mention Oliver, who is in a class by himself (and deserves to be knighted!)

  4. Susan April 20, 2016 / 11:07 pm

    That is just wonderful!! I too was glad to see the ‘Jill’ working away, good on ya!!
    Ya, how about a Knighthood for Oliver???

  5. Suzi April 21, 2016 / 2:54 pm

    OK, I have to ask… what pattern is Oliver’s wonderful hat made from? I admired it in the Minister’s Visit post also!

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