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Gentle Reopening

Hello everyone, just a quick post today to give you a run-through of our situation as Scotland enters the new phase of relaxing Lockdown. Scotland has different rules than England so we are following the current guidelines which mean as of Monday 29th of June we are now in working 5 days a week and our shop is open to the public! We are however still offering free Shetland Delivery for phone and online orders and we would encourage locals to take advantage of this service, and only coming into the shop if completely necessary. We want to keep our customers and staff as safe as possible. We are of course adhering to social distancing in the shop and offering hand sanitiser as well as cleaning regularly.

This also means we are back posting 5 days a week, this should hopefully mean you getting your orders a bit quicker but we are still seeing delays in orders arriving and unfortunately coupled with rising costs we will be raising our postage costs for European and Rest of the World orders as of 1st July 2020. European orders will now cost £8.95 up to 2kg and Rest of the World £10.95, we are working on new systems and hope to offer more options for posting in the near future but for the moment this is the current situation.

Again we would like to thank all our customers and friends for their support and business during this crazy time, we know how lucky we are to have such a strong and reliable customer base that has kept us all working and kept you knitting!

Happy Knitting x

Keep Making KAL

Hello Everyone, Happy Friday! Today we announce the beginning of another J&S KAL – the Keep Making KAL! we thought since it will be a while before life is back to normal we would host another Knit-A-Long. Rather than a themed KAL as we have done before this time we would focus on using this time to make something you’ve always wanted to make or trying a new-to-you skill in your making. We want to encourage discussion and sharing progress – mainly on our ravelry group but also through any social media using the #keepmakingkal

We are all going through different experiences at the moment and we hope the project you choose to work on during the KAL will give you comfort, whether that is as a distraction at the end of the day or something you can focus on while you are home.

so the rules are as follows:

  • All projects must use only Jamieson & Smith yarns/fibres.
  • You can use any wool/fibre based skill – knitting, crochet, spinning, embroidery etc as long as the wool used is from J&S
  • KAL will run from now (22nd May 2020 to 22nd September 2020)
  • Focus on improving your skills, making something you’ve always wanted to make, using a yarn you’ve never used, designing something thats just been an idea or finishing a project that’s been waiting to be finished!
  • Share progress on our Ravelry group and post your finished object in a designated finished object thread.
  • A winner will be chosen at random by a random number generator, everyone who posts a finished object will receive a free J&S pattern of their choice from our Ravelry store.
  • By taking part you are allowing us to share your images on our social media.

So have a think and head over to our Ravelry Group and get chatting about what you’d like to make, we are always amazed at the items made during our KAL’s and we cant wait to see what you come up with!

Chunky Knitting

Hello everyone, during these strange times, it can be hard to find things for children and young people to do in their downtime, looking at screens or watching tv is good some of the time but not all the time so knitting could be a new skill they take up, It improves fine motor skills, problem-solving and math skills as well as using their creativity and reducing stress.

Our Shetland Chunky range is now discontinued but this means the stock we have is available at a reduced price, originally it was £7.50 per 100g ball but we are now offering it at £3.50 a ball, there are lots of great patterns out there for chunkier yarn and there are a few free patterns which are designed for our Shetland Chunky:

These patterns all include different elements of rib, reading your knitting and in the case of the Chunkeanie – knitting in the round. Once these skills are learnt they can be grown upon and using slightly thicker wool, to begin with, will encourage beginners not to give up! There is a lot of help available online too – if you search ‘knitting tutorial beginners’ on youtube, there are literally hundreds of videos that come up!

Happy Knitting!

Angela Irvines Lace Creations

Hello everyone, Happy Friday! today we thought we’d look at something a bit different and share some of Angela Irvines Shetland Lace creations, in particular her lace Creel lampshade which she shared on Facebook a few days ago, I was blown away by it so asked Angela a few questions about it:

For our followers that are not familiar, what is a Creel?

A creel is a cage for catching lobsters & crabs on the seabed.

What gave you the idea to turn it into a lampshade?

The idea came ages ago, a creel is covered in net, and my late brother made many to catch lobsters. I knew they would look fab covered in fine lace. The structure and ‘eye’ of the creel are great sculptural shapes to stretch lace over. Industrial Chic interior fashion is all the rage at the moment too.

Was it easy to do?

It was very very hard to do, I was amazed I didn’t have to re-do any panels. I worked the sizes & stitches out best I could from other creations I gave done on lace furniture panels in the past. The ‘eye’ of the creel was a real challenge to design as it had to finish with the round eye, I just knitted that part as the beginning of a crown for a hat before casting off, it fitted like a glove to my delight! Phew!

How did you choose the lace motif’s you used in the piece?

I chose my favourite auld Shetland Fine Lace seashore themed patterns, ‘Birds Eye’ for the creel eye ( where the lobsters or crabs crawl into the bait & are then trapped) Elaborate Print o’ da Wave top/sides and Alice Maude Pattern for the end as it is a beauty with waves also.

You often use Shetland Supreme Lace in your work, what do you like about the wool?

I use Shetland Supreme as its the best, strongest, finest, dresses the lace out tight to perfection and un-dyed the colour of wir Shetland sheep.

Angela uses our Supreme Lace in her creations like this lamp using Supreme Lace in Grey and the sideboard which features panels in Black Supreme Lace:

You can see more of Angela work on here website here, very inspiring!

Happy Knitting!

Northern Lights KAL winners!

Hello everyone, happy Monday! thank you for all voting in our Northern Lights KAL post, the winners are:

Garment

EvaL8’s Norrsken

and

Accessory

jelibets Night Wing

Thank you, everyone, that took part, and we have messaged the two winners on Ravelry about your prize! Now our Northern Lights KAL has finished we would like to do another KAL to focus on during this strange times, so if you have any ideas let us know in the comments below, happy knitting!

Flecket Friday Cheeriness!

Hello everyone, happy Friday! Today we thought we’d share some cute pictures from one of our crofters.

Lambing season is in full swing now and the fields are filled with bouncy little lambs, Chris Dyer has Garths Croft in Bressay and he has lots of beautiful coloured and flecket Shetland Sheep (the kind of wool that ends up in Supreme Jumper Weight, Supreme Lace and Shetland Heritage Naturals) and he’s been sharing some lovely pictures over on their Instagram so we asked Chris if we could share some here:

Aren’t they so cute? Chris also made a video with a virtual tour of his croft which you can see on youtube here as part of the I Thought I Knew How podcasts online international fiber festival.

While everything is in lockdown it’s important to remember those things that carry on and in agriculture, lambing is one of those things that will happen no matter what! And with very cute results.. So follow Chris’ Instagram and follow along the lambing and crofting journey if you find it interesting, happy knitting!

Northern Light KAL Final Projects!

Hello everyone, we have reached the end of our Northern Lights KAL! today I’m going to share the projects which have been finished during the KAL, the rules were that the item had to be inspired by the Northern Lights in Shetland and could use any style of knitting or any of our ranges of J&S yarn. If you want to see more pictures please click on the link on each picture – that will take you to the Ravelry project page.

We have spilt the poll into garments and accessories so once you’ve had a look over please vote for your favourite, Voting will be open for a week then we will reveal the winners next Tuesday in our Ravelry Group and on Instagram!

Garments

Shetland Skies

Sandvoe

Northern Lights KAL Jumper

Norrsken

Merrie Dancers Dress

Birkin

Thank you for voting, the poll is NOW CLOSED

Accessories

Shetland Mirry Dancers Night

Project Bag

Northern MN Lights

Northern Lights Cowl

Night Wing

Millions O Stars

Every Flavour

Bousta

Hap Cowl

Thank you for voting, the poll is NOW CLOSED

Happy Voting!

Northern Lights KAL Update

Photo Copyright: David Gifford

Hello everyone, we hope you are all doing well and keeping safe in these scary times! We are all fine here in Shetland for the moment but we are of course keeping an eye on all the advice coming in. Since we may all have a bit more time on our hand’s thanks to Coronavirus I thought we would remind you about our Northern Lights KAL, which ends in a couple of weeks. What we would like is for you to knit or crochet something inspired by the Northern Lights, that could be using the colours, motifs and shapes often seen – for more info have a look at our original post. There have been some lovely finished objects appearing in the Ravelry group so if you thought you might have time to whip something up that would be great!

Here are a few of the shared projects to whet your appetite..

L-R: Eval8, cutty-sark and brisch’s projects

L-R: NortherlyKnitting, deborahgray and klakla‘s projects

We have a Pinterest board with pictures you can use to get colour and imagery inspiration and we did another post with more ideas. So if you want to take part there is still time and we look forward to seeing all the projects,

Happy Knitting and stay safe!

Sale!

Hello everyone, just a quick post to tell you about a little online only sale we are having for the next couple of weeks! we’ve reduced a selection of shades all over the ranges and added some other bits and pieces.

You can get 20% off the following shades of 2ply Jumper Weight:

top row: FC9, 1284, 132, 95. bottom row: 90, 79, 32 and 16

20% of these shades of 2ply Lace and 1ply/Supreme 1ply:

top: L136, L95, L78. middle: L68, L53, L15. bottom: L5, 1ply Cobweb Black and 1ply Shetland Supreme Shetland Black

These shades of 2ply Supreme Lace, Heritage Naturals and Aran Worsted:

top: 2ply Supreme Lace in Shetland Balck and Moorit. bottom: Shetland Heritage Naturals in Dark Fawn and Aran in Saxon Blue

We’ve added a discount on our bags:

And we’ve put together some packs of different yarns – some are old stock or test runs so there are a limited quantity but they are a good deal!

We’ve recently received more stock of our Shetland Chunky which we have discontinued and we thought was finished but we’ve found more so its available for £3.50 a ball instead of £7.50:

We’ve also put some packs together containing 7 balls of Shetland Heritage in a selection of Shades:

1 ball of Auld Gold, Indigo, Peat, Coll Black, Berry Wine, Madder and Fluggy White

We have also reduced the Calendars, Cushions and some needles. Its a great chance to get a good deal on some shades and we might be adding some more things over the weeks – it’s on from now (18th February) until the 3rd of March. Happy knitting and shopping!!

just a note: this doesn’t include yarn in kits, it’s only available at the discounted price if bought from the sale page.

This Weeks PDF patterns

Hello everyone, we’ve added some more patterns to our Ravelry and Lovecrafts pages this week, they are:

The Peerie Sheep Cushion, designed by Sandra using our Shetland Worsted Aran, this super cute peerie cushion is so effective. We’ve updated the pattern slightly to make it (hopefully) more clear and we’ve added a tutorial for the loop stitch which you can see on youtube here. We are waiting for more paper patterns so the kits are out of stock just now but will be back on next week.

The St Ninian Scarf designed by Mary Kay, this was released at Wool Week in 2011 and is knit in 1ply Shetland Supreme Lace, a scarf is a great introduction to Shetland Lace and this pattern is fully charted.

The Peerie Lynsey designed by Joyce Ward, this is a children’s version of the Lynsey jumper we added last week and its knit in 4 shades of Supreme Jumper Weight. It also uses steeks so could be a good thing to try before you broached an adult’s Fair Isle.

The final pattern for this week is the Quarry Scarf by Ina Irvine, also knit in 1ply Shetland Supreme. Its seen here in the Shetland Black and it shows the pattern so well, again this pattern is fully charted.

So you can find these patterns and more on our Ravelry and Lovecrafts shop pages, happy knitting!

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