2017 Knitting & Stitching Show – Harrogate

We’re just about to start Day 3 at The Knitting & Stitching Show in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. (We’re on Stand B270)

We’ve had a great first half of the show, it’s been really lovely to meet and chat with both first-time purchasers as well as familiar faces and J&S devotees.

Last year I wrote a little round up of a few of the other stands at the show which myself (Kharis) and Sandra particularly liked so I thought I’d do a bit of the same again today.

When we have a lull in the crowds then we take turns to go for a look around the show for ourselves. A stand we both love is Judith Mansfield Books (stand TG250)

As well as books they have an amazing selection of vintage notions!

I seem to have gone with a bit of a sewing theme with pattern and fabric buys from The Avid Seamstress at CoolCrafting (stand C130), and Sew Me Something (stand C125). Both have really beautiful selections and helpful staff.

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Also, I couldn’t resist ‘Knit the Rainbow’ by Joy of The Knitting Goddess! (stand B620)

Directly opposite us is The Makerss (stand B170) who specialise in needle felt supplies and kits. They also offer workshops and Monthly Makerss Project Boxes which are such a great idea! Sandra chose a couple of their kits as they’ll make great Christmas gifts.

So, we need to head off to the show now. Hope to see some of you there. We still have plenty of wool left, quite a few kits and a special show offer on our books – Knit Real Shetland for only £5 when you buy our recently launched book, J&S A Shetland Story.

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See you soon! (Stand B270)

Christmas Gift Additions and Posting Dates

Hello everyone, happy Monday! I cant believe we are just over a month until Christmas! I thought I better pop in here and remind you of the last posting dates for Royal Mail, obviously these are just a guide and we cant guarantee if you order after these dates that you will receive your order in time:

UK Delivery

Wed 20 Dec 2nd Class 

Europe and Rest of the World

Sat 16 Dec Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg
Fri 15 Dec Austria, Denmark, Iceland, Netherlands,
Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain,
Switzerland
Thur 14 Dec Canada, Finland, Sweden, USA
Wed 13 Dec Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Poland
Sat 9 Dec Greece, Turkey, Australia, New Zealand
Thur 7 Dec Caribbean, Central and South America
Wed 6 Dec Cyprus, Malta, Asia, Far East, Eastern Europe
(except Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia)
Sat 2 Dec Africa, Middle East

I just added our cardboard kit boxes to the Online Shop which are perfect for adding to kits, they come in two depths and are stamped with the J&S logo – I’m always keen on anything which turns a present into something easier to wrap!

We also added a small range of our hand knitted items to the online shop over the weekend too, if you are looking for something a bit smaller but still says Shetland you can go wrong with some hand knit gloves/mitts – we couldn’t be without ours here and they really keep your hands warm. We have a number of Ladies who knit these for us and we pay them so you are supporting traditional skills too. You can see them here.

So if you want your order in time for Christmas remember to check the above dates, there is still a bit of time but the earlier you get it in the better! Happy Knitting x

Come Visit Us in Harrogate!

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It’s that time of year again! The Knitting & Stitching Show takes place from 23rd-26th November at The Harrogate International Centre on Kings Road.

At stand B270, Sandra and I (Kharis) will be there along with Adam, from our parent company Curtis Wool who are based in the area.

Last year we focused on kits but this year we will be bringing all of our yarn ranges, with a few select kits and accessories.

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2ply Jumper Weight – stand B270

We’ll have our recently released book, Jamieson & Smith A Shetland Story! Which includes 10 brand new patterns by designers from Shetland and further afield.

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Keep a look out on our social media over the next week for more snippets of what we’ll be bringing to the show all the way from Shetland!

The Knitting & Stitching Show – Harrogate – stand B270

The Croft – Shetland Tweed

Hello everyone, something which arrived just before Shetland Wool Week was a new yarn which was launched a couple of months ago. The Croft Shetland Tweed is an Aran weight wool made from 100% Shetland Wool from us!

We worked in association with West Yorkshire Spinners who developed this wool which is very different to anything that we have here at J&S so we were very excited to see the yarn in the flesh and it doesn’t disappoint. It comes in a range of 8 different speckled shades and each colour has lots of different shades within it, this is the Stonybrek colourway ..

the shades available in the range are:

The yarn is sold in 100g hanks and contains 166m/182yds, I think it would work best in something quite plain or with an all over texture pattern. It is certainly coolling down in Shetland now and a hat would be great in this yarn – something like this, this or this!

You can find The Croft Shetland Tweed on the website here, happy knitting!

J&S and Dries Van Noten

You may have heard about a recent Instagram post linking Jamieson & Smith with hip hop artist, Lil Uzi Vert. Funny how these things come about!

We had been in communication with design house Dries Van Noten since around this time last year when they ordered some 2ply Jumper Weight for sampling. They were great with asking us about using our original logo, designed by Oliver Henry, on the sweaters they were planning to knit using our yarn.

old logoInitially, we thought they wanted to use this in the garment care label, inside the sweater, so we explained that maybe they would prefer to have our current J&S star logo. A reply by email confirmed that because they were interested in heritage brands the original logo suited their design better. That was fine by us, then we noticed the attached image – our logo in HUGE print directly on the front of a sweater! Not what we were expecting at all but brilliant for us!

So the big yarn orders, in a selection of 2ply Jumper Weight shades, came in over last winter from DVN and to be honest it was a little difficult to keep up. Especially at that time of year when the previous clip had mostly been sorted and allocated for yarn or other customers. But we got there and the final cones were sent out to Belgium in the spring of this year.

We had seen photos from Paris Fashion Week in January, our main contact at Dries Van Noten kept us updated which was really lovely.

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Dries van Noten at Paris fashion week last winter

Occasionally, we’d be tagged in a post during the process of the collection coming together, for example, the photographer Jonnie Craig working on Selfridges look-book.

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Photograph: Jonnie Craig for Selfridges

We also had a visit from Milou van Rossum, fashion director at Netherlands publication, NRC. She contacted us as she was writing an article on Shetland wool based around the Dries Van Noten collection. The day she arrived was cold, dull and rainy, not ideal conditions for being in the hill attempting to photograph Shetland sheep who will run to a safe distance just as soon as you think you’ve got the perfect shot! She asked lots of questions and was able to get a feel for the wildness of the landscape where Shetland sheep thrive best as our manager Derek, and myself (Kharis), took her on a tour up north to crofts at Collafirth.

I guess none of Milou’s photos turned out too well because of the weather as she chose to use a photo by Tom Barr (below) in her final article!

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Then just a couple of weeks ago Celebrity_Vice tagged us in an image on Instagram… and so it began…

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A bit of Googling was in order… we will readily admit, we had no idea who Lil Uzi was! Anyway, it was great that our name, that of Shetland and Shetland wool was getting out to a different audience. A few shares on social media later and we had quite a few comments – customers, Shetlanders, friends and family – some asking, ‘Where can I buy one?!’, others concerned that this may be another example of a big designer misappropriating another’s design.

Chris Cope, for Shetland News, gave us an opportunity to put Shetlanders minds at rest and explain a little bit about it when he contacted Ella asking for a quote after seeing the social media (peerie)storm. You can read his article and Ella’s quote here.

If you’re interested in purchasing a Real Shetland Wool jumper by Dries Van Noten you can do so at Selfridges or Barneys. Thanks to Fashion Cost for a pretty nice schematic of Lil Uzi’s outfit…

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Wool Season

Hello everybody, sorry it has been quite quiet on the blog this summer, we have been so busy which of course is a great problem to have. We are now in the heart of the Shetland Wool season and thanks to a pretty good summer so far the clipping has been happening in earnest so the woolstore is filling up as fast as they can empty it! Even with roadworks happening outside our door (we can still be reached from the bottom of North Road) we are averaging 2-3 tonnes through the doors everyday.

I took the chance on Saturday after the woolstore ones had gone home to take a few photos of the organised chaos, I find the Woolstore extremly photogenic and the sheer volume of wool in there never ceases to amaze me. We have shipped two loads so far and they are well into load 3 so you can see we are bursting (at the seams you can see above!)

These pictures sum up just a fraction of the wool we see from over 80% of Shetlands Crofters and Farmers in a year, but I hope you’ve enjoyed this peerie peek. One more thing thats happened this summer is Oliver has reach 50 years at J&S! I posted a few photos through the years on Instagram which you can see here but I took this one last week which just about sums it up…

Happy Knitting!

Woolfest 2017

Hello everyone, happy Friday! So we are getting organised and packing together what we will be bringing down to Woolfest next week!

We are taking a wide range of our yarns – including every shade of 2ply Jumper Weight and a selection of books, kits and we will also be able to take orders for anything else people would like that we dont have with us – any orders placed at the show we have free postage, So on Tuesday night me (Ella) and Kharis will be heading on the boat and making the drive down!  Woolfest is an award winning event which takes place in a auction mart in Cockermouth in Cumbria, its a big celebration of Wool and the event also includes animals and fleece sales so we are looking forward to seeing that.

Its is open Friday 23rd (10am – 6pm) Saturday 24th (10am – 5pm) and the tickets are £10 each day or £15 for a two day ticket, you can find us on stand J197 and 242. So if you are coming we look forward to seeing you and we will do a blog once we are back all about our trip.

Happy Knitting!