2020 Calendar

Hello Everyone, just a quick post today to share with you our 2020 calendars which have just arrived!

During our Seasons of the Shetland Crofter Competition we received so many amazing photographs displaying the life and work of crofters and farmers in Shetland, we included as many as we could in the book but then we had the idea we could share even more of the photos in a calendar!

here is a peerie look at the photos featured:

Clockwise: Dave Wheeler, Ian Reid, Heather Gray and Anne MacDonald
Clockwise: Margaret Towriess, Heather Gray, Anne MacDonald and Dave Wheeler
Clockwise: Sally Sanford, Ian Reid, Heather Gray and Elaine Tait.

The calendar is A4 folded so opens up to A3, if you would like one you can find them on the website here.

Christmas Ideas 2019

Hello everyone, things are getting pretty chilly here in Shetland and the winter knits have certainly come out – luckily we know just the place to get the wool…! Anyway, the next thing on the calendar, of course, is Christmas so we thought we would share some ideas for presents you could get from J&S for your loved one or of course yourself..

Books always make a great present and there have been a few new ones this year, for those interested in Shetland and its agriculture we released our Seasons of the Shetland Crofter photo book this Wool Week and it makes a great peerie present at just £10, the Shetland Croft range was expanded this year which also meant a new book of patterns and the Shetland Country book is filled with a mix of contemporary designs. As always if you are a fan of J&S our Shetland Story contains our history as well as 10 designs using our yarns.

Also released this year have been the Shetland Guilds latest book – Fair Isle Designs from Shetland Knitters Volume Two, its filled with great patterns all from knitters based in Shetland using Shetland Wool, we’ve also taken in This Golden Fleece by Esther Rutter which you might have seen lots of people talking – our Shetland Heritage Yarn is mentioned on the back cover (proud moment!) Of course we have also got in this year’s Shetland Wool Week annual, every year they get bigger and better and this was the biggest to celebrate the 10th year.

As always, we also always have a wide range of kits available. If your looking for a smaller item things like the Weisdale Tam, Roadside Beanie and Harriets Yarn packs would make any knitters happy (for the Harriet and Roadside please note the patterns aren’t included but the information is on the product page)

Another classic kit we have is the Sheepheid by Kate Davies, its uses all 9 of the Natural Shades we sell in the Supreme Jumper Weight, its a more expensive hat kit but you get nine 50g balls so there are lots left over for more hats or mitts. The Skerry Gloves are seasonally traditional but have great use of colour that really stands out and if you are getting ready for Up Helly Aa the Guizers Toorie is perfect!

We have kits for bigger projects too like our traditional allover patterns we released this year – Antarctica and Roadside Allovers are designed by Sandra and use traditional Shetland techniques. Following on from the Sheepheid, the Rams and Yowes blanket kit is a dream knit for lots of knitters – we have a sample in the shop and we always joke it must be one of the most petted blankets ever!

We have these kit boxes which can be added to any order if you are giving it as a present. The small size is great for peerie kits and the big for garment kits. We also have selection boxes available for most of our yarn ranges which come in the kit boxes – these are great as they give you a taster of a yarn range with a mixture of shades or in some cases the full-colour range.

We also stock a range of accessory products which are great as stocking fillers like our peerie Maakin bags, Gauges and glove boards. These smaller things like bags, tape measures, keyrings etc make great additions to gifts especially if you are interested in Shetland knitting and wool.

We recently released our new Crew Neck Jumpers knit using 2ply Jumper Weight, we have them available in a range of shades and sizes. These are classic and so very warm – as long as they are looked after they will last a lifetime!

We also have a small selection of cushion and rugs, which includes rugs made in our Shetland Heritage yarns, Undyed wool cushions and a limited number of plain Moorit throws. They are perfect for having over your bed or on the back of the couch.

Talking of keeping you warm our range of socks made in our Shetland Heritage Naturals make a great present! We have two styles: Toonie which is a ribbed foot and Crofter which has a terry foot. They both come in a selection of colours and sizes.

Finally, I thought I’d give a mention to our mug and coasters – we get these made for us in Shetland using designs from our pattern collection, they are really high quality and the designs are exclusive to us so if you or a loved one is a J&S supporter they make a great gift.

So I hope that has given you some ideas, it will be here before we know it! These are the recommended last posting dates for Royal Mail and we would advise a least a few days before the date to place your order (in case of weather delays!):

Wednesday 18 December UK
Monday 9 December Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Central and
South America, Far and Middle East
Tuesday 10 December Cyprus, Malta
Wednesday 11 December Eastern Europe (except Czech Republic,
Poland and Slovakia)
Thursday 12 December Australia, Greece, New Zealand and
Turkey
Saturday 14 December Canada, Czech Republic, Finland,
Italy, Poland, Sweden, USA
Monday 16 December Austria, Denmark, Germany, Iceland,
Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia,
Spain, Switzerland
Wednesday 18 December Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg

 

Northern Lights Knit-A-Long 2019/2020

Hello everyone, a few weeks ago I asked in our Ravelry Group what people thought about doing another Knit-A-Long, we have done a few (Winter Woollies, Fire Festival) and of course every year we do the Colourbox Competition at the Agricultural Shows in Shetland. The answer was yes and I asked in a poll what people would like to do – we usually choose the colours but for a change this time we are merely going to give you the inspiration and leave colours up to you.

Photo Copyright: David Gifford

We have chosen Northern Lights as our inspiration source for this KAL, Shetland is known for being one of the best places to see Northern Lights or Mirry Dancers as we call it. As the nights darken and the temperature drops the sky is often filled with these strange moving lights in all different colours. It makes a great inspiration because you can choose to be inspired in any way:

  • By colour: greens, yellow, purple, blue, navy, black.. the more you look the more colours you see!
  • By shapes: swirls, stars, lines, gradients
  • By style of knitting: colourwork/Fair Isle, Lace, Slipped Stitches..

Our only stipulation is you must use all J&S yarns – you can use any, from cobweb up to chunky but to be eligible for a prize you must be able to show it is made in our wool.

I have made a Pinterest board with more images but I would suggest looking at posts like this and this.

So details:

  • KAL will run from today (November 11th) until 1st April 2020.
  • You can make any type of Knitted Garment/Accessory or Home item.
  • What you make must only use Jamieson & Smith yarns.
  • Item must be inspired by Northern Lights either in colour, motif or effect – or all three!

You can share what you’re making with the #northernlightskal on Instagram and you must tag Ravelry projects with #northernlightskal

We will be back with more info soon but for now get thinking about what you would like to make and share in our ravelry group and on instagram

Wool Week 2019 – a photo roundup

Hello everyone, happy Friday! It’s hard to believe that Shetland Wool Week 2019 ended over a month ago, we had such a busy time but the dust has settled so we thought we’d share some pictures from throughout the week:

The Opening Ceremony L: lots of Roadside Beanies R: table decoration featuring scarfs mentioned in this post
Oliver giving his speech
Judging at the Marts L: on the hoof R: a beautiful Moorit fleece
L: Prizewinning fleece R: the winners
The Hub L: Lots of Knitters R: Amazing giant Jumper Board
Vivian Ross-Smiths’ exhibition was on in the Hub space during Wool Week, for more information about Vivian’s work see here.
L: Burra Bears R: Faye Hackers of the Shetland College and Nicholas Coleridge, Chairman of the Campaign for Wool
Oliver giving his talk ’50 Years in Shetland Oo’
L: The Oo never stops! R: Oliver giving his sorting and grading demonstration
L: It was a week of Roadside Beanies R: Amazing Jumper featuring all the motifs from Shetland Wool Week hats past and present.
Ruth Mackenzie and Matt Roberts of the Shetland Amenity Trust alongside Oliver presenting Dave Wheeler with his prize for winning our Seasons of a Shetland Crofter Competition. We also launched the book at Wool Week, its available here!
So much amazing Knitwear all week! L: a Hevdadale Scarf and Ola Yoke R: A Roadside Skirt!
Beautiful fleeces outside the Woolstore
L: Roadside Beanie and Glebe Jumper R: Just some of our mail posted out during the week

Lots of great memories and friends made as always, for more information about Shetland Wool Week see here, it will soon be here again, Happy Knitting!

photos: Adam Curtis, Ella Gordon and one from Sara Granqvist (thanks Sara!)

 

Harrogate Knitting & Stitching Show 2019

Hello everyone, happy Friday! In just a few weeks Sandra and Derek will be heading down to Harrogate for the Knitting and Stitching Show, this is just a short post to give you some details and where you can find more info.

The show is on 28th November – 1st December at the Harrogate Convention Centre and Derek and Sandra will be bringing down a wide selection of yarns, kits and accessories direct from us here in Shetland, if there are also things we don’t have with us you can order them at the show and we will post them when they get back.

You will find us at stand A662, and there are details here for purchasing tickets and here for travel and other visiting info. If you plan on attending the show and there are specific things you would like us to bring please leave a comment and we will do our best to take it.

Happy Knitting!

Shetland Wool Week Scarf Project

Hello everyone, happy Friday! Today we thought we’d share some images of a project we took part in during Shetland Wool Week which was coordinated by Faye Hackers of the Shetland College.

The project took inspiration from people known in the Shetland Textile industry who provided Faye with imagery and text about what they love about Shetland, this was then taken by Faye and designed into one-off scarfs which were auctioned off for charity during a silent auction at Wool Week.

Among the people asked were J&S’s own Oliver and Ella, former patrons Donna Smith, Elizabeth Johnston and Hazel Tindall. For more information see Fayes Instagram posts. We love how different each scarf was:

We were happy to donate all the yarn for the project meaning the scarves were knit in 2ply Jumper Weight or Shetland Heritage, in total the auction raised £1,776.00 of which 100% will be donated to charity as we provided the yarn for free. The charities chosen by the individuals were: Cancer Research UK, CLAN, Shetland MRI Scanner Appeal, Mind Your Head, GlobalYell, Lerwick Brass Band and Whalsay Heritage Centre.

All and all it was a great project!

Model and white photography: Faye Hackers

Museum Photos: John Hunter

Models: Akshay Borges and Alanah Young

Seasons of the Shetland Crofter

Hello everyone, Happy Shetland Wool Week! just a quick post today revealing the cover and list of shortlisted entries featured in our Seasons of the Shetland Crofter book. You may remember earlier this year we asked for people to send us their pictures and stories representing the 4 seasons in the year in Shetland in Crofting and Farming. We are pleased to announce the winners as follows:

The overall winner and cover image – Dave Wheeler

1st place Spring – Brian Smith
1st place Summer – Sally Sanford
1st place Autumn – Laura Sinclair
1st place Winter – Heather Gray

Shortlisted Entrants (featured in the Seasons of the Shetland Crofter book):
Mary Brown
Anne Macdonald
Rachel Challoner
Lisa Johnson
Jane Gray
Alexis Simpson
John Hunter
Nia Hunter
Darren Leslie
Elaine Tait
Nancy Johnson
Andrew Nicolson
Gwen Williamson
Pam Williamson
Kaila Tarrant
Allan Fraser
Jacqueline Leask
Marty Davis
Ian Reid
Margaret Towriess
Anne Doull
Jac Bates

As a reminder the prizes were:

OVERALL WINNER:

(Defined by the best overall entry as selected by the judging panel)

Vispring Real Shetland bed set* (for Shetland residents only)
Two-night stay at Sumburgh Head Lighthouse courtesy of Shetland Amenity Trust (to be claimed within 1 year)
Copy of the Seasons of the Shetland Crofter book

1st Place per Category:
(Spring/Summer/Autumn/Winter)
£100 in cash or J&S vouchers
Vispring branded J&S RSW throw
Copy of the Seasons of the Shetland Crofter book

Shortlist Entries per category:
Vispring branded J&S RSW throw
Copy of the Seasons of the Shetland Crofter book
Pair of J&S Real Shetland Wool socks

So if you are reading this and your name is there we will be in touch (or already have been!) and if you would like to purchase a copy of our book featuring images from this competition it is available now here in Shetland in the shop and we will have it available online next week, it is priced at £10.

Happy Knitting and remember to follow our social media this week (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as we’ll be trying to post as much as we can about Shetland Wool Week!