J&S Staff Profile: Ella Gordon
Welcome to the first post in a new series about the people behind Jamieson & Smith
We’ll start by introducing Ella Gordon, who I’m sure many of you will already know as she is the 2016 Shetland Wool Week patron! From her early days at J&S as a Saturday ‘shop girl’ in 2012, while studying textile design at Shetland College, Ella has continued to develop her creative skills and passion for knitting. We are so lucky to have her working with us as our main blog writer, as well as the everyday busy shop duties of making up orders and assisting customers with their projects. Ella is also great at the graphic design side of things and coming up with ideas for KALs and other fun woolly stuff!
What’s the best thing about working at J&S?
“My favourite thing about working at J&S is meeting so many people from all over the world passionate about Shetland Wool and Knitting. Through things like Wool Week, Ravelry, tours and our blog I feel like I’ve met lots of people with the same interests as me. I also really enjoy being in the shop and helping people choose colours and patterns. I’m very thankful for being able to have a job in the industry I am interested in which not everyone can say.”
Do you have a favourite place in Shetland?
“I love lots of places up north like Uyea and Fethaland and I recently walked to Lang Ayre but it was such a trek I don’t know if I’d do it again! I like walking around the Town as well and I love the south end of Lerwick where the Lodberries are.”
How do you like to spend your time when you’re not at work?
“Knitting.. haha! I do spend most my time either thinking about knitting, looking at Ravelry about knitting, reading about knitting and a little bit of time actually knitting! I also like all the usual things like spending time with my boyfriend and family, reading and walking.”
What’s your favourite J&S yarn?
“I would say my favourite yarn is probably 2ply Jumper Weight, the longer I work at J&S the more different colours I like. I love greys so 203, 54 and 81 are up there in my faves but I really love FC11 and FC58 – two of the shades I decided to use in my Crofthoose hat!”
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Aye, she’s a fave!!
Yeah! Nice to get to know more about you Ella… You have been a regular feature in my favourite blogs and books for the last few years – yet we know so little about you! Im certain that you will soon get all the recognition you deserve for being such a key figure in Shetland knitting! you have been working hard in the background to keep this tradition alive, putting your knowledge of service to other designers projects to promote Shetland knitting traditions and you deserve a big long cheer! I’m sure you’ll get one this year during Wool Week 🙂