Waas Show 2018

Hello everyone, so bright and early on Saturday morning me and Sandra headed out to Waas to have a look at the Show and judge the Colourbox competition. This is only the 3rd year we have had the colourbox at the Walls Show so it is a bit smaller but still has beautiful entries:

We’ve had a few questions about the Colourbox Shades so for a reminder the 2018 colours were: 3, 53, 66, 72, 87, 366, fc37 and fc56.

Once we had done our bit we enjoyed wandering around looking at the animals and other entries. While we were driving out it was pretty rainy but luckily it was dry and sunny on the Westside (which is quite often the way!) so we had a great time.

Like all shows in Shetland the knitwear is to an extremly high standard, there was quite alot of lace but also Fair Isle. The judges had a tough job!

There are still a couple of shows  still to be but thats the last with the Colourbox for this year, next years colours have been chosen so we are looking forward to 2019 already!

Happy Knitting!

Shetland Textile Museum Snippets

Hello everyone, today I thought I’d share some pictures from a quick visit I had a the Shetland Textile Museum last week. Also known as the Bod of Gremista the textile museum is a surprising building tucked into an industrial landscape on the outskirts of Lerwick. It was built in 1780 and since 2015 it has existed in its current form hosting exhibitions and a shop every summer season.

Downstairs there is a room with a large weaving loom and information about weaving and taatit rugs. The history’s of these crafts is Shetland is much less well known that that of knitting but there is a very good book about Taatit Rugs which came out a few years ago to tie in with an exhibition at the big Museum.

Upstairs I really enjoyed the ‘Fae the Laft’ exhibtion – its described on the Museums Facebook page as ‘treasured possessions of local residents, which might have been lying around “I’da laft” (in the attic), or at the back of a cupboard, unseen for some time. Many have an interesting story to them, so do come along and have a look’ There was a folder which told you about each item, this made for a fascinating read and I could have stayed much longer!

In the main room upstairs there was a display of both Fair Isle and Lace knitting, the Museum has a fabulous collection built up over many years and its fascinating to see what they have chosen to display. People also donate items for the exhibitions which really add to them.

Every day the Bod is open they have volunteers knitting, spinning or just available to chat through the items on display. If you are intrigued by knitting belts or Shetland knitting styles I would highly suggest visiting the Textile Museum to see them in action.

You might recognise the beret and scarf in the photo above which were chosen to be featured in the Vintage Shetland Project and named as the Helen Tait pattern. The book features mainly items from the Shetland Museum but this was one of the items from the Textile Museum.

Back downstairs there is also a shop which is filled with all kinds of textile items available for sale. It really has some of the best knitting and you can be guaranteed to find something very unique, knitters from all over Shetland put their items to the shop – many who don’t sell anywhere else!

And then when you come out – this greets you at the other side of the road, what could be better!

The textile museum is open:

Tues-Sat 12pm-5pm
The entrance fee is £3. A season ticket which gives unlimited access to the Museum for the season costs £5.

I hope you enjoyed these photos which offer you a glance into whats on offer at the Shetland Textile Museum. Happy Knitting!

New Colours KAL update

Hi Guys, happy Monday! I thought I’d do a quick post to share some of the finished objects that are starting to come in for the New Colours KAL. You may remember from my initial post that to enter the KAL you have to knit something using at least 3 of the newly brought back shades..

1282, 16, FC21, 90 and 32

To make it a bit easier though you can also use as many other colours of Jumper Weight as you like! We are just under a month away from the end of the KAL so I am hoping to see a few more Finished Objects, we have had a lot of orders for the shades so I think thats a good sign. The ones that have come in so far though are fabulous!

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The ability to add other shades means each item can be so different but I love to see the common thread (pardon the pun) running through them.. So if you are knitting away on an entry I hope this encourages you to reach the end and if your still debating getting involved I would say there is plenty of time! If you are in the UK and you order it should arrive in 2/3 working days and if you are based outside the UK have a look at our stockists page, many of the Wholesalers have already purchased the new shades.

Remember to share your project on the Finished Objects thread for the KAL in our Ravelry group – Happy Knitting!

EYF and Merrie Dancers

Hello everyone! We are back from a very successful and busy weekend away at Edinburgh Yarn Festival. Me (Ella) and Kharis headed down to the capital last week and spent Thursday, Friday and Saturday selling all the Shetland wool to all the knitters!

I didnt get many photos because we we so busy – A great problem to have of course but it means not many pictures for you, we are so pleased with how it went so we hope any of you who bought from us enjoyed yourselves too! We have posted all the orders we took at the show today so if you placed an order its on its way to you now, EYF is now also the place where the Shetland Wool Week hat and patron is announced so this year Elizabeth Johnston of Shetland Handspun is this years patron and her Merrie Dancers pattern is this years hat, we have already seen lots of projects popping up on Ravelry and lots of people were buying the yarn for it at the show.

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So if you would like to pick up a kit for the hat you can do so here, we will try and include a copy of the pattern if we can but you can download it here.

I put together a little video of our trip away, so you can see our journey to Edinburgh and get an idea of how busy it was on the J&S stand, we had a great time away 🙂 happy knitting!

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