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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!

Lockdown Inspiration

Hello everyone, we hope you are staying safe and well. I thought today we’d share some inspiring finished projects which have been shared to our Ravelry group, it’s always interesting to see what other people have been working on using our yarns and it can give you great ideas on patterns, colours and yarns to use:

Starting with this beautiful version of Vaila from the Vintage Shetland Book, we love the colours Kim chose in 2ply Jumper Weight and although the shades are quite modern and bright it still gives off great vintage vibes!

We shared this project on our social media last week but its so lovely, its the Quaarl Hat pattern knit in Supreme Jumper Weight. We love the big motif on the main body of the hat – it’s so impactful and in the natural shades it’s just beautiful.

This cardigan knit in Shetland Heritage really stood out to me when I saw it and its a great example of someone taking elements from a pattern to make something perfect for them. The lace pattern is from one of the designs in the Legacy of Shetland Lace book. Light Grey Heritage is such a beautiful colour!

This scarf is knit using 2ply Supreme Lace held together in a marl and the finished project is so great! We love that it shows the different things you can do with laceweight and the way all the natural colours work together is so inspiring. The pattern is from the new Cecelia Campochiaro book ‘Making Marls

This project stood out thanks to the use of Purl Bumps in this pattern, aptly called Purl Bump Mitts is so great and the cuff and fingers texture is so good. simple but so effective! Although it looks like black and white the dark shade is actually Jumper Weight shade 82 which is a really dark green – it works so well with the white.

This project shows off the beautiful finished texture of the Shetland Aran Worsted, it looks so soft and the colourwork is so strong, The pattern is Speedy Selbu Mittens and the colour choice is that bit different than usual but still so effective (Berry Wine and Fluggy White).

Looking at the recently shared projects on Ravelry always leads you down a happy rabbit hole so during this time when many of us have a bit more time you can spend time looking at some really inspiring projects knit using J&S yarns.

Again we’d like to thank you for your support during this time, happy knitting! x

Lace Patterns

Hello everyone, one of the things we been doing during lockdown is taking our Gladys Amedro and lace patterns and adding them to Ravelry and Lovecraft’s as PDF downloads. They are all pre-digital age so it means scanning each page and reformatting them, and as they are all written out that can mean quite a few pages!

During the 1980s and 1990’s Gladys Designed a wide range of Shetland Lace patterns for J&S, they are still some of our best sellers and are seen as some of the most accomplished things you can tackle as a knitter.

clockwise: CW103, Sheelagh, CW112 and CW105

So we’ve added most of the 1ply Shawls that were left to do as well as all the matching Christening Gowns/Robes:

l-r: CW111. CW106 and CW104

As well as the Gladys Patterns that were left we’ve also added the lace scarf patterns:

clockwise: Trondra, Dale, Lunna and Tresta

And the Stole, Jacket/Bonnet and Grace Jumper:

l-r: CW108, CW113 and Grace

Unfortunately, we don’t have all the samples of the lace items – some because they are from a long time ago and we just don’t have them anymore or we’re not able to photograph them at the moment but by ensuring they are all listed on Ravelry it means people can link their projects to them so if you’ve ever made any of these patterns please link them – they are an important part of our history as some over the patterns go back over 30 years!

So if you have some time on your hands and some 1ply Cobweb, 1ply Supreme, 2ply Lace or 2ply Supreme this could be the perfect chance to try out some Shetland Lace. Thanks as always for all your support and patience, happy knitting!

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

 

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!)

 

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

Voe Show 2019

Hello everyone! this past weekend saw the first of this summers agricultural shows here in Shetland and it was the Voe Show, I (Ella) headed up to judge the Colourbox Competition – this is something we do every year with some of the shows, we choose a selection of 8 shades of 2ply jumper weight and then people make things using at least 5 of the 8 shades. This years shades were: 5, FC44, 16, FC46, 32, 23, 91 and FC47

As always the standard was extremely high and it was very hard to judge, its amazing how much the way the colours look changes depending on how they have been put together. I took lots of pictures at the show so here are some of the Colourbox entries:

You have to choose a trophy winner from all the firsts and I chose this allover, I loved the corrugated rib collar and cuffs and thought the colour use and pattern were really excellent: The rest of the knitwear entries contained a huge variety of different styles from Fair Isle and Lace and everything in between – you always see amazing uses of colour, design and finishing. After I had finished in the hall with the knitwear I had a wander around the rest of the Show – the sun had come out and it was a lovely day. Apart from knitting, there is all the sheep, cows, horses and ponies, baking, plants, wool, hens, ducks etc etc.. there are also lots of places to get food, ice cream and stall selling things so it’s easy to spend a lot of time (and some money!) I hope you’ve enjoyed this look at some of the things to be seen at this year’s Voe Show, Sandra will be judging at Waas and Cunningsburgh in the next week so keep an eye on our Instagram for some pics from those shows, happy knitting!

This weeks patterns

Hello everyone, we’ve added some more patterns this week to both Lovecraft’s and Ravelry. We are trying to add a mix of Fair Isle and Lace every week to give you a good choice of patterns knit in a range of our yarns.

Bluebell is a pattern which always sells well in the shop when people see the sample, its knit in 2ply Lace and features corrugated rib and a simple Sanquhar inspired Fair Isle motif. This makes it a lovely lightweight garment that still features some interesting elements.

Shetland Crescent which was designed by Kieran Foley was released in our Lace Collection in 2012 and although its a simple introduction to Lace motifs the finished shawl has a lot of impact, its another one which sells well when people see the sample. Knit in Shetland Supreme 2ply Lace, an undyed worsted spun yarn, it has drape which works well with the shape.

The Oxna Mitts are another classic Shetland pattern designed by Sandra, they are simple fingerless mitts with a Norwegian star and seeding to the palms. Knit in Shetland Supreme Jumper Weight and 2ply Jumper Weight these are perfect for keeping your hands warm but your fingers free.

The Sletts Shawl is a remake of our Gladys Amedro patterns (L252) Originally knit in 2ply Lace (and still available as a kit here) we recently remade the shawl in Shetland Supreme 2ply Lace and updated the pattern with Charts. This is a great entry into Square Shetland Shawls, and perfect for wrapping up a baby!

As always let us know if there are any specific patterns you would like to have available as downloads, happy knitting!

Pattern PDF’s

Hello everyone, its the beginning of another busy summer here in Shetland. We have lots of tours during the summer and gearing up for another Wool Season but as always we are working behind the scenes on lots of things – for a while now we have wanted to make available our single patterns as PDF’s as well as in kits we sell. To begin with we have chosen to make the patterns available on Loveknitting. (also now available on Ravelry!) We decided to start with a selection of our Fair Isle patterns knit using 2ply Jumper Weight: The Roadside Allover, Antarctica Jumper, Antarctica Set and one of our most popular patterns the Hairst Yoke. These are all great examples of Shetland designs by a Shetland designer – Sandra Manson who you will have met if you’ve ever been in J&S is the designer of all 4 patterns and I think her expert colour sense can be seen in them all.

The Antarctica Set was released in 2012 and you may remember they were released after being made for Dr Alexander Kumar on his research trip to Antarctica, the set includes a Double layer hat, neckwarmer/cowl and mittens.

The Antarctica Jumper is knit using the same motifs and colours and is knit from the bottom up with steeks for the armholes and neckline, this is a traditional Shetland technique where extra stitches are cast on and then cut open later so you can continue knitting in the round.

The Roadside Allover features the same construction, it was knit for Oliver to wear at Edinburgh Yarn Festival as his Wool Week Patronage was announced in March. it features a softer but equally striking colour scheme.

The Hairst Yoke is our version of a traditional Shetland Fair Isle yoke, it is one of the most well-known Shetland styles and we released this pattern in 2013, it has been one of our best sellers ever since. A Fair Isle yoke is a great way to use up your odds and ends and if you use a cone for the main shade it can be a very economical project.

So you can find these patterns on our designer page on loveknitting here and on Ravelry. We will be adding more over the next while so let us know of any of our self published patterns you would like to see as an individual PDF. Happy knitting!

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