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

 

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!

 

Christmas Closing Dates

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Hello everyone! we hope you are getting ready for lots of knitting over Christmas and New Year, we will close this Friday 23rd December at 1pm and will reopen Wednesday 4th January 2017 at 9am.

During this time no orders will be dispatched or emails checked. We will get back to you as soon as we can when we reopen, if you have any questions or queries feel free to post in our Ravelry group which will be checked periodically over the festive period. We have made a big effort to blog more this year so we really hope you have enjoyed seeing that, If you fancy having a look at some of this years posts there’s the Winter Woollies KAL, Berry Farm Visit, Lambing Time, Shetland Heritage Naturals, Wool Week, Voe Show, Cunningsburgh Show, Walls Show, Ollies Visit to Papa and The Harrogate Show to name a few!!

We hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, we’d like to thank you all for supporting Jamieson & Smith over 2016 and we are looking forward to more exciting things in 2017 🙂

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winter woollies KAL

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The weather is beginning to cool down and things are beginning to feel very wintery in Shetland, so we’ve decided to run a fun KAL (knit-a-long) with a winter theme!

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The Jamieson & Smith Winter Woollies KAL 2015!

we know people all over the world are often interested in our Colourbox Challenge we hold with the local agricultural shows in Shetland, this is your chance to get involved with something similar, we have chosen a group of wintery/chrismassy shades and we want you to create some winter accessories using this curated group of shades of 2ply Jumper Weight – it can be headwear,neckwear,gloves,mittens,mitts,socks,legwarmers etc etc….

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rules:

  • you can use any pre designed pattern or create your own.
  • item must be a accessory as described above.
  • use at least four colours but up to eight from the selected shades: 1, 203, FC34, FC41, FC43, FC38, 65 and 9113 – to be eligible only these shades can be used.
  • item must contain some stranded colourwork/Fair Isle techniques.
  • the KAL runs from now until 15th December

There will be a ravelry thread in the Jamieson & Smith Ravelry group and for easy searching you can use the hashtag #winterwoolliesKAL on instagram and ravelry. If your not on Ravelry or Instagram you can still take part, just send your final photos of your projects to mailroom@shetlandwoolbrokers.co.uk.

We will choose a winner after the 15th of December and they will receive a fun J&S prize!

We cant wait to see what you come up with, happy knitting!

Christmas Time at J&S

J&S at Christmas

Christmas time has arrived at J&S so we have been happily decorating the shop in between serving customers and packaging up & sending off hundreds of little woolly parcels. Our new kit samples look so Christmassy that they are taking pride of place displayed opposite the Christmas tree. My mam has already finished the Annie Jumper for my baby nephew (with a few alterations, as knitters can do, to fit the little fellow) and is now moving on to the Peerie Bairns Jumper for my neice, so that’s some of their presents nearly finished!

Christmassy Kits

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We also have three new kits on-line to add a little bit more celebration to the occasion. The Fair Isle Cap, like the Fair Isle V-necked Jumper, is from the textile collection in the Shetland Museum and Archives and is made from our Shetland Heritage yarn. It is thought the original came from Fair Isle itself and would have been a fisherman’s cap made from local wool, hand spun and dyed. It has a plain lining made from the Peat Heritage Yarn and so it is doubly warm, keeping your head cosy and snug over a cold winter. It is also soft and beautiful and definitely something to treasure.

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The original Fair Isle Cap from the Shetland Museum and Archives collection
The original Fair Isle Cap from the Shetland Museum and Archives collection

The second new kit is the Karelides Cardigan by Outi Kater, a beautiful, Finland-inspired Fair Isle cardigan which makes excellent use of the natural shades of Shetland Wool. Its design reflects the beautiful, subtle nature of this undyed Shetland Supreme Jumper Weight yarn.

Karelides Cardigan

Kate Davies’ Warriston is now available from us not just as a bundle of yarn but complete with beautiful pattern from Kate herself. It is a raglan smock knitted in Shetland Aran with inset pockets, cowl neck, and raglan shaping, perfect for this cold winter weather. This is just one of Kate’s stunning designs in our yarn and we hope they keep on coming as she is great to work with.

Warriston

The Heritage Yarn, with its beautiful warm shades that fit so well into our shop’s Christmas decorations, has been a huge hit with knitters so far so we are planning on expanding the range of this worsted yarn. It would be great to hear all of your opinions on this and what colours you would like to see, including those discontinued shades of ours that you long to make a comeback. You can leave a message on here regarding this or email ella@shetlandwoolbrokers.co.uk with your thoughts. We would really appreciate your input.

Heritage Shades

We will be closing on Friday 21st December and won’t open again until Monday 7th January so any orders received during this time won’t be sent out until next year. But when we get back we will get them out to you as soon as possible.

Knitted Tree Decorations

Have a great Christmas period and happy knitting!

Knitted Santy Socks