Can you believe we are nearly at that time again? Wool Week is nearly upon us and we are getting ready. We have something exciting to reveal that we’ve been developing for a while.. Worsted Spun Shetland Aran!
As you know in 2012, two Shetland Wool Week’s ago we launched the original Shetland Heritage Range which we developed in conjunction with the Shetland Museum and Archives. This new range carries on from this and gives you a heavier weight yarn with the same qualities and softness of the original Heritage yarn, and of course in 100% Shetland Wool!
14 traditional shades, all matte shades which makes it perfect for both colourwork and cables, the wool comes in 50g balls and a tension of 19 stitches and 22 rows = 10cm (4″) using 4mm needles. Just like the Heritage range this wool is Worsted spun meaning the wool is combed before its spun. This process puts all the fibres in alignment resulting in a very soft but very strong yarn.
Sadly this means we are saying goodbye to our original Woollen Spun Shetland Aran range, we still have a good stock of most shades so its not leaving immediately but we wont be ordering any more of any of the shades.
In relation to Wool Week though.. the shelves are stocked..
The shop is tidy….
So all we are waiting for are some visitors..
I will be taking photos all through the week, hopefully I’ll get a post up everyday but there are so many things going on I may only manage a post every two days.
Happy Shetland Wool Week and Happy Knitting!
Remember our collaboration with Lu Flux? Here’s one of the garments in a beautiful spread by i-D as part of the i-Sustain series. These images made me feel all relaxed – I had to stop for a little moment. Sigh.
Felix wears Lu Flux sweater, knitted using BSS80 and lovingly finished with Superfine Shetland Combed Tops.
The Warriston pattern by Kate Davies is out. Yay!
The smock design is knitted in Jamieson & Smith Shetland Aran. I’m thinking about one in BSS19, or BSS80. And then there are a couple of shades on sale (BSS71, BSS73, and BSS74) – the perfect excuse to have more than one…
Kate has released the pattern as part of her beautiful new digital magazine, TextIsles. Love it.
There’s something mysterious in the air. At J&S HQ we’re experiencing all these funny coincidences and silly things happening. It feels a bit like the world keeps dropping us lovely things (which is good because we need some cheering up this week).
The most common of these nice things is that some of my favourite designers keep appearing in our order inbox. The latest of these is Elliot Atkinson
, who conjured up the jumper above for AW2011 using Jamieson & Smith Shetland Aran (photograph by Christopher Moore).
I’m feeling very smug about this on a whole other level, because look at my new cardigan (below), hand-knitted last week in the same yarn: Shetland Aran BSS16
, which is a natural white. It’s so cosy and ridiculously soft that I’ve not even taken it off for long enough to sew the buttons on. It may have to be surgically removed before it becomes permanently attached, or starts affecting my core body temperature.