Hello everyone, we’ve added 4 more PDF patterns to our Lovecraft’s and Ravelry stores this week, they cover a range of classic Shetland patterns:
First up is the Yuglet Hat designed by Lesley Smith this is a classic Shetland cap with corrugated rib, traditional motifs and an easy but very effective crown. Its knit in Shetland Supreme Jumper Weight in all Natural shades.
The next pattern is our Circular Shaded Shawl knit in Shetland Heritage Naturals, originally designed by Gladys Amedro and knit in 2ply Lace we updated this pattern a few years ago with charts and written instructions.
Our Natalia Yoke by Sandra is a classic Bairns Yoke knit in Jumper Weight, It is knit traditionally in the round with a steek but it also includes instructions for if you wanted to knit it flat, the relatively small size makes it a great first steeking project, and as there are only 3 different contrast shades a great first Fair Isle project too.
Our final pattern this week is the Shoormal Hap, also knit in Shetland Heritage Naturals, this Hap pattern is taken from the Traditional Shetland Scarves and Shawls booklet (Bestway K133) This pattern is described as ‘one of the most widely known and characteristic of Shetland designs..’ we made improvements on the pattern making it easier to follow and knit and have provided both written and charted instructions for the border and edging.
So you can find all these patterns on both our Ravelry shop and Lovecraft’s page, if you would prefer a paper copy and kit they are all available on the website. Happy Knitting!
Hello Everyone, just a quick post today to share with you our 2020 calendars which have just arrived!
During our Seasons of the Shetland Crofter Competition we received so many amazing photographs displaying the life and work of crofters and farmers in Shetland, we included as many as we could in the book but then we had the idea we could share even more of the photos in a calendar!
here is a peerie look at the photos featured:
Clockwise: Dave Wheeler, Ian Reid, Heather Gray and Anne MacDonald
Clockwise: Margaret Towriess, Heather Gray, Anne MacDonald and Dave Wheeler
Clockwise: Sally Sanford, Ian Reid, Heather Gray and Elaine Tait.
The calendar is A4 folded so opens up to A3, if you would like one you can find them on the website here.
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:
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.
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!)
Hello everyone, happy Friday! In just a few weeks Sandra and Derek will be heading down to Harrogate for the Knitting and Stitching Show, this is just a short post to give you some details and where you can find more info.
The show is on 28th November – 1st December at the Harrogate Convention Centre and Derek and Sandra will be bringing down a wide selection of yarns, kits and accessories direct from us here in Shetland, if there are also things we don’t have with us you can order them at the show and we will post them when they get back.
You will find us at stand A662, and there are details here for purchasing tickets and here for travel and other visiting info. If you plan on attending the show and there are specific things you would like us to bring please leave a comment and we will do our best to take it.
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
Hello everyone, Happy Shetland Wool Week! just a quick post today revealing the cover and list of shortlisted entries featured in our Seasons of the Shetland Crofter book. You may remember earlier this year we asked for people to send us their pictures and stories representing the 4 seasons in the year in Shetland in Crofting and Farming. We are pleased to announce the winners as follows:
The overall winner and cover image – Dave Wheeler
1st place Spring – Brian Smith
1st place Summer – Sally Sanford
1st place Autumn – Laura Sinclair
1st place Winter – Heather Gray
Shortlisted Entrants (featured in the Seasons of the Shetland Crofter book):
As a reminder the prizes were:
(Defined by the best overall entry as selected by the judging panel)
Vispring Real Shetland bed set* (for Shetland residents only)
Two-night stay at Sumburgh Head Lighthouse courtesy of Shetland Amenity Trust (to be claimed within 1 year)
Copy of the Seasons of the Shetland Crofter book
1st Place per Category:
£100 in cash or J&S vouchers
Vispring branded J&S RSW throw
Copy of the Seasons of the Shetland Crofter book
Shortlist Entries per category:
Vispring branded J&S RSW throw
Copy of the Seasons of the Shetland Crofter book
Pair of J&S Real Shetland Wool socks
So if you are reading this and your name is there we will be in touch (or already have been!) and if you would like to purchase a copy of our book featuring images from this competition it is available now here in Shetland in the shop and we will have it available online next week, it is priced at £10.
Happy Knitting and remember to follow our social media this week (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as we’ll be trying to post as much as we can about Shetland Wool Week!
Hello everyone, happy Friday! A few weeks ago we received an email from a customer in Australia, Debra Hinton who had made a doll featuring our very own, and this year’s wool week patron, Oliver Henry!
Debra had kindly mentioned in her email she would be happy to have the pattern available free so we are offering it to you here if you would like to make your own peerie Ollie! I (Ella) decided to make one and for my first knitted doll – I’m very pleased! I found the pattern easy to follow and it just took me a few nights of working on it before he was finished.
It’s knit using 2ply Jumper Weight and stuffed with our Wool Balls – I went for shades 21 (blue), 53 (peach) 54 (dark grey) 203 (light grey) and 9097 (red). For the boiler suit details, I used sewing thread held double in a bronze shade.
So if you would like to make your own Oliver you can get the pattern by clicking here: oliver henry man of wool doll. Although it is free (for non-commercial use i.e you can make it for yourself or for a gift, not for sale) she did mention she would be happy for people to make a small donation to the MRI Maakers appeal.
If you are coming to Wool Week and would like to make one we would love for you to bring your doll so we can take a picture and show Oliver, we’d love to see how many we can see before the Week is out!
Hello everyone, me (Ella) and Sandra headed up to Unst on Saturday for the Unst Show. This is a trip which involves getting two ferries so we were up early and make our way up there to judge the knitwear entries which for the first year also included a colourbox section! You will know if you regularly read our blogs or look at our facebook and Instagram that this year we have been to Voe, Cunningsburgh and Walls to judge the Colourbox. This is a selection of 8 shades of 2ply Jumper Weight which we chose – the entrants then have to use at least 5 of the 8 shades in their creations.
There was a great mix of garments and accessories and we were really pleased with the number of entries for the first Colourbox at Unst. We also judged the rest of the knitwear and as expected for Unst (known for its beautiful lace) there were some amazing entries – and quite a few Roadside Beanies!
Sadly it was a very wet day and although Sandra and I thought we were suitably attired it became apparent very quickly we were not! Luckily our judging was indoors but it meant we didn’t get to see all the animals, I had a quick look around the sheep though so thought you might like to see a few damp but happy enough sheep.
We also went to the Unst Heritage Centre which was across from the show field (to try and dry off) to look at the amazing lace on show and we really enjoyed that, it is well worth a visit.
It was a good trip and marked the end of our show season, the Yell show is on this weekend and that is the last. Summer certainly feels like it’s over now but that means one thing – soon its Shetland Wool Week!
Happy Knitting! 🙂
Hello everyone, happy Friday! You may have seen on our Instagram last week we welcomed 6 new shades of the Croft Yarn, this is a yarn produced by West Yorkshire Spinners using raw Shetland Wool purchased from us! Initially, there were 8 speckled shades then 12 solid were added and with this batch 4 more speckled and 2 solid shades bringing the total up to 26 shades!
L-R: Lunna Quendale, Copister
L-R: Huxter, Hillswick and Marister
It is a great yarn for both colourwork and textured knitting, although named as Aran weight by WYS we would say its more of a Heavy DK / Worsted weight so it can be knitted at a wide range of gauges and it is treated so its machine washable but it still holds a Shetland Wool feeling – just not as rustic as some of our own ranges.
Another pattern book has also been added to the range featuring patterns by Mary Henderson and Rosee Woodland, it contains a mix of garment and accessories all knit using a range of the colours.
We were also sent a pile of free patterns for this nice hat – which is perfect for one hank! So if you order any Croft Yarn we will include a free pattern (until we run out!)
You can find the Croft Yarn on our the online shop here
Me (Ella) and Sandra are heading to the Unst Show tomorrow so keep an eye out next week for a post about what we see, till then have a nice weekend and happy knitting!
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!