Kate Davies’ Sixareen Patterns

Kate Davies’ Sixareen Kep and Sixareen Cape are now available on our online shop as kits! The patterns arrived this morning so we couldn’t wait to get them online. They’re the first patterns that Kate has designed in our Shetland Heritage range, which makes us even more excited about them. As with all Kate’s designs they have been very popular so far judging by the distinctive yarn combinations we have been posting out from J&S.

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These two new kits add to a number of Kate’s other patterns that she has designed to suit the specific character – the unique softness, bounce and ‘halo’ – of our Real Shetland Wool yarns: the BMC in our 2ply Jumper Weight; the Sheep Heid, Rams & Yowes BlanketSheep Carousel and Toby’s Coat in our Shetland Supreme Jumper Weight; and the Warriston in our Shetland Aran; and that is even before we mention those designs in her book Colours of Shetland. Also to make it easier to find all these beautiful designs in one place we have added a Kate Davies section to the kits part of the online shop. I’m sure there will be more to come in the future!

You can find the Sixareen Kep here and the Sixareen Cape here on our online shop.

You can also find out more on Kate’s Blog about the Kep here and Cape here where you also get to see beautiful photography such as this. Amazing!

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‘Shetland’

As some of you may have noticed Shetland has featured quite prominently in the media recently. First came the ‘Shetland Ponies in Cardigans‘ which made two locals the faces of Visit Scotland’s ‘Year of Natural Scotland'; then the Dance Pony Dance advert filmed up at Eshaness with ponies from Burra went a bit mad last week; and over the weekend our beautiful islands have featured not once but twice on the BBC with a little snippet of island life shown in ‘The Great British Winter’ on BBC2 on Saturday and finally the long anticipated  ‘Shetland’ mini-series on BBC1 last night (Sunday).

Shetland Ponies in Jumpers

‘Shetland’ is a 2-part murder-mystery drama based on Ann Cleeves’ novel ‘Red Bones’ and heavily features Shetland’s beautiful landscapes, culture (somewhat skewed for dramatic licence) and knitwear. We were quite excited to spot a few familiar pieces cropping up throughout it, including the Eid Top, Ireland pullover and something that looked remarkably like the Puffin Sweater by Kate Davies, but knitted in natural, undyed Shetland colours. Though it wasn’t the Puffin Sweater it was beautiful and gave us great ideas for producing one in our Supreme Jumper Weight… If you recognised any other pieces we would be love to hear about them from you! Also look out for more on the second part of the series shown at 9pm tonight.

Kate Davies' Peerie Flooers hat on the left

Kate Davies’ Peerie Flooers hat on the left

One piece that featured prominently was the Peerie Flooers hat by Kate Davies. If you fancy making your own one Kate recommended shades from us that you could use, creating one that is truly Shetland made from Real Shetland Wool! You can purchase the pattern from Kate here and the shades she recommended are 202 and 14 for the background, and 29, 65, 131, 93, and 91 for the contrast colours.

Tobys Coat

Carrying on with the theme of natural colours from yesterdays post we have a new kit to show you today.

A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing (Tobys Coat)

A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing (Tobys Coat)

Last year Sandra knitted her peerie dog Toby a coat to keep him warm, She used the motif’s from the Rams and Yowes blanket. When Kate saw the coat on her one of her visits to Shetland last year, they chose to release it as a joint pattern between them, A Wolf in Sheeps Clothing is the result!

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Toby in his coat, photo by Kate Davies

A Wolf in Sheeps Clothing (Tobys coat) uses all nine shades of Shetland Supreme 2ply Jumper Weight and includes the essential pattern features of the Rams and Yowes by Kate Davies.

This coat is made from the tail upwards, casting on stitches for the belly and using contrast yarn to create and ‘afterthought’ front leg openings to be made later. The body is worked back and forth in stocking stitch. The neck is shaped by decreasing, and a ribbed edging is added all around the sides.

if your peerie dog could use a coat just like Tobys you can buy the kit here and if you already have the wool you can download the pattern from Kate here

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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

Ella decorating the tree

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.

Fair Isle Cap

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

Warriston

A while back, we mentioned that we’d be putting a kit together for Kate Davies’ lovely Warriston. Well it’s here. At last.

We mentioned quickly that the patterns come with Kate’s new digital magazine, Textisles. This was before we’d had a chance to look through it properly, but now we have and my goodness it is good. Seriously worth a read. It’s wonderfully researched, beautifully written and presented and is just generally one of those things that will make you want to curl on the couch and lose yourself – with a cup of tea, of course.

Also, there is an ultra creative collective of contemporary textile artists in Shetland who go by the name Text-isles. In fact, the group includes the Emma Blain of Aamos Designs who is a part of the J&S Cooperative and Andrea Williamson, who designed the Whalsay Aran. We’re working with the group on a little project at the moment, and can’t wait to see the results.

Also reminds me that we’ve got two new additions to the J&S Cooperative, which should be up shortly. Yoohay!