New Colours KAL 2018

Hello everyone! things have been very busy here over January as we get back into the way of things but today we announce our KAL for the next few months – the New Colours Kal!

from left to right: 90, 16, FC21, 32 and 1282

We are constantly updating and changing the colours we have in 2ply Jumper Weight and we are lucky that we have a huge back catalogue of shades which if we need to we can take from and bring back. In recent years we did that with FC11 and FC7 which has really added to the palette and although this means saying goodbye to some shades its proof that it doesn’t always mean forever!

This KAL is a bit different than others we’ve done before in that you can use as many shades of 2ply Jumper Weight as you want but you must use at least 3 of the new shades. Hopefully it will be a lot of fun! As in the Fire Festival Kal at the end we will have a public vote so its always worth putting something in – you might win!

So the KAL: what we want you to do is –

  • Knit a garment or accessory using J&S 2ply jumper weight only.
  • at least 3 shades must be from our newly brought back colours: 90, 16, FC21, 32 and 1282.
  • As many other shades can be used as you want.
  • the item must use Fair Isle knitting/ stranded colourwork.

That’s it! The KAL begins on February the 2nd and runs until until the 2nd of May.

Now the new/old colours:

16 is a lovely bright blue

32 is a bright bronze

90 is a peachy orange

FC21 is a lovely marled lavender

And 1282 is a marled mid green.

All the new colours are now on the online shop and if you would like to take part there will be chat and discussion in our Ravelry group, if you share any progress photos on instagram use the #nckal

We’ll be back with some colour combo inspirations soon but until then happy knitting and planning!

Christmas and New Year

Hello everyone! I hope you are all winding down and getting ready for the Festive, just a quick post today to tell you when we are closing and reopening:

Closing Friday 22nd December at 1pm REOPENING Thursday 4th January 2018

Any orders placed on or after 1pm on Friday wont be posted until we come back in January, emails also wont be answered until then but if you have any urgent questions you can post in our Ravelry group and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Thank you all for the support and custom in 2017, we really appreciate it!

 

2017 Knitting & Stitching Show – Harrogate

We’re just about to start Day 3 at The Knitting & Stitching Show in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. (We’re on Stand B270)

We’ve had a great first half of the show, it’s been really lovely to meet and chat with both first-time purchasers as well as familiar faces and J&S devotees.

Last year I wrote a little round up of a few of the other stands at the show which myself (Kharis) and Sandra particularly liked so I thought I’d do a bit of the same again today.

When we have a lull in the crowds then we take turns to go for a look around the show for ourselves. A stand we both love is Judith Mansfield Books (stand TG250)

As well as books they have an amazing selection of vintage notions!

I seem to have gone with a bit of a sewing theme with pattern and fabric buys from The Avid Seamstress at CoolCrafting (stand C130), and Sew Me Something (stand C125). Both have really beautiful selections and helpful staff.

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Also, I couldn’t resist ‘Knit the Rainbow’ by Joy of The Knitting Goddess! (stand B620)

Directly opposite us is The Makerss (stand B170) who specialise in needle felt supplies and kits. They also offer workshops and Monthly Makerss Project Boxes which are such a great idea! Sandra chose a couple of their kits as they’ll make great Christmas gifts.

So, we need to head off to the show now. Hope to see some of you there. We still have plenty of wool left, quite a few kits and a special show offer on our books – Knit Real Shetland for only £5 when you buy our recently launched book, J&S A Shetland Story.

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See you soon! (Stand B270)

Christmas Gift Additions and Posting Dates

Hello everyone, happy Monday! I cant believe we are just over a month until Christmas! I thought I better pop in here and remind you of the last posting dates for Royal Mail, obviously these are just a guide and we cant guarantee if you order after these dates that you will receive your order in time:

UK Delivery

Wed 20 Dec 2nd Class 

Europe and Rest of the World

Sat 16 Dec Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg
Fri 15 Dec Austria, Denmark, Iceland, Netherlands,
Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain,
Switzerland
Thur 14 Dec Canada, Finland, Sweden, USA
Wed 13 Dec Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Poland
Sat 9 Dec Greece, Turkey, Australia, New Zealand
Thur 7 Dec Caribbean, Central and South America
Wed 6 Dec Cyprus, Malta, Asia, Far East, Eastern Europe
(except Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia)
Sat 2 Dec Africa, Middle East

I just added our cardboard kit boxes to the Online Shop which are perfect for adding to kits, they come in two depths and are stamped with the J&S logo – I’m always keen on anything which turns a present into something easier to wrap!

We also added a small range of our hand knitted items to the online shop over the weekend too, if you are looking for something a bit smaller but still says Shetland you can go wrong with some hand knit gloves/mitts – we couldn’t be without ours here and they really keep your hands warm. We have a number of Ladies who knit these for us and we pay them so you are supporting traditional skills too. You can see them here.

So if you want your order in time for Christmas remember to check the above dates, there is still a bit of time but the earlier you get it in the better! Happy Knitting x

British Craft Awards 2018

Hello everyone, happy Friday! Just a quick post today to tell you about something quite exciting! We have been nominated in The British Craft Awards 2018 in the Knitting Brand of the Year category!! isn’t that amazing??

According to the website ‘Celebrating the crème de la crème of the crafting world, the British Craft Awards 2018 are the most highly prized awards for excellence, so make sure you have your say and put your favourites in the spotlight! Whether it’s an amazing designer or blogger who gets your creative juices flowing, or a retailer or product that’s transformed your crafting in the last 12 months, this is your chance to tell us who you think deserves extra special recognition for what they do!

So if you think we deserve it we would really appreciate your vote which you can do here,

Happy Knitting!

 

North Atlantic Native Sheep and Wool Conference

Hello everyone! So while we were getting over Shetland Wool Week Oliver and his wife Catherine headed off to the Isle of Man to attend the Native Sheep and Wool Conference which was held there from the 12th-15th of October. The aim of the conference is to promote the fleece of the Native Viking breeds, and the event features a series of lectures, farm visits, croft workshops and fairs. Oliver was there to give a talk about Shetland Sheep, its wool and their uses (something he knows a little bit about..!) – this year was celebrating the Isle of Man Loghtan Sheep of course!

Loghtan Sheep share some of the characteristics of Shetland Sheep – which you can certainly see from the pictures! Both are thought to be of Scandinaivian origin, perhaps brought over by Vikings who settled in Shetland and also the Isle of Man. The Loghtan Sheep are mostly the same colour – the call it ‘Mouse Brown’ and it is very similar to our Moorit shade.  The ewes are mostly two horned and rams four horned, four horned sheep used to be quite common in Shetland up until about 60 years ago although they were mostly white.

You can see from these pictures of a Loghton fleece it is similar to Moorit, in colour it is a bit lighter and the staple is mostly quite short and blunt however throughout the fleece one can find guard hair staple similar to ours.

There was also a fashion show which took place at the University College of Isle of Man, it included student work and delegates designs, you can see our Fair Isle V-Neck Jumper in the picture above. J&S had 3 designs included and all were very well received!

Heres Oliver at the delegates Craft Fair which was a chance for each area to show and discuss their regions products.

Elizabeth from the Guild who presented Oliver with a lovely Loghton fleece and farmer Peter at Church Farm Cregneash, a small Manx Crofting community which was beautifully preserved.

There they saw a Manx Cat, famous for there lack of tails which is a genetic mutation within the breed.

Oliver and Catherine did get a bit caught out and delayed with Storm Opheilia but they have made it back safe and sound to Shetland. It was an excellent event held in beautiful surrounding and Oliver enjoyed meeting and sharing ideas with delegates from around the northern hemisphere and it was an ideal location and audience to share our products.

Oliver would like to thank the organisers and people of the Isle of Man for their Kindness and warm hospitality, it was much appreciated!

The Croft – Shetland Tweed

Hello everyone, something which arrived just before Shetland Wool Week was a new yarn which was launched a couple of months ago. The Croft Shetland Tweed is an Aran weight wool made from 100% Shetland Wool from us!

We worked in association with West Yorkshire Spinners who developed this wool which is very different to anything that we have here at J&S so we were very excited to see the yarn in the flesh and it doesn’t disappoint. It comes in a range of 8 different speckled shades and each colour has lots of different shades within it, this is the Stonybrek colourway ..

the shades available in the range are:

The yarn is sold in 100g hanks and contains 166m/182yds, I think it would work best in something quite plain or with an all over texture pattern. It is certainly coolling down in Shetland now and a hat would be great in this yarn – something like this, this or this!

You can find The Croft Shetland Tweed on the website here, happy knitting!