Shetland College Project 2019

Every year for the last few years we have taken part in a Professional Practise module with the Textile Students and now also featuring the Fine Art students of the Shetland College. Last week me (Ella) and Oliver went over to the college to see this year’s final projects, there were six students work in total and as always we were impressed with the results.

Rebecca was inspired by the history of J&S and our former managers Eva and Jim Smith – she read into the history of the family and they’re interests from our book, Jamieson & Smith: A Shetland Story. She took inspiration from the photos of Jim with his plane and Evas jacket to adorn a Jacket featuring embroidery, crochet patches and felted applique which she also dyed and altered.

Tomas took his inspiration from the lines and textures of the Woolstore to create a range of knitwear to appeal to different and perhaps younger market. From his home country of Slovakia, he took colour and use inspiration forward in his hat, balaclava and headbands which can be worn in a mix and match way.

Rachel was inspired by elements in the Woolstore – the story, materials and abbreviations we use on Wool bags were some things she took forward into her art piece. There is a use of mixed media, screenprinting, felting and embroidery onto Hessian and use of the raw wool too.

Rosalynd took inspiration from the colour and texture of raw fleece into her garment, the panelling of different weights of yarn together with fringing which is reminiscent of the raw fleece. The large stitches also reminded us of the way bales are sewn together.

Kirsty was inspired by the lightness of the 1ply Shetland Supreme and with the idea of using the wool as a drawing tool. Knotting, tieing and draping the wool into words reminded her of fish nets – another strong shetland pastime, combined with photography of the croft she was interested in the journey of the wool and the process from croft to wool.

Sue took her inspiration from the Global reach of Shetland Wool week and how the history and culture of Shetland textiles bring so many people to us.  This led her to look into Navajo weaving and this is where she took her colour inspiration from along with the linear aspect and block patterns. Her final scarf included a textured weave with triangular and wavy motifs in the Shetland Heritage yarns.

Me and Oliver enjoyed our visit as always and it was inspiring to see the way the Students used our yarns in different and unusual ways. To see more work from the Shetland College you can follow both the Fine Art programme and Textiles course on Instagram.

Harriets Hat

Hello everyone, Happy Friday! Just a quick post today to tell you about a local charity pattern which has just been released. Harriets Hat has been designed by Harriet Middleton to raise money for the Shetland MRI Scanner Appeal. Annually over 600 people have to travel to the Scottish Mainland for an MRI scan as we don’t have one here in Shetland – this places a big impact on people as there can be many issues with travel disruptions, weather and the general stress on having to make the trip and what it could be for.

An MRI scan can be used to diagnose and monitor such conditions as:

  • Cancer
  • Heart conditions
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Arthritis bone and joint damage
  • Stroke
  • Dementia
  • Fertility issues
  • Heart defects
  • Liver problems
  • Infection
  • Internal bleeding

So you can see it would really benefit the Shetland community for us to have access to one.

To raise money Harriet (who had to have MRI scans herself over a two year period) has designed a traditional Fair Isle hat in the appeal colours. The pattern is available to download as a PDF here and we are offering yarn packs of the J&S colourway with all the yarn needed here. (If you purchase a yarn pack it will not include the pattern – make sure to download it)

We have paper copies of the pattern available to purchase in the shop and we will also be donating all the cost of the yarn purchased in the shop here in Shetland.

For more information about the appeal and to donate you can see the website here. Many people all over the world have already purchased the pattern and we know Harriet is very proud of how well the hat is being received so if you have benefitted from the skills of Shetlanders, our knitting and our wool it would mean a lot if you either downloaded the pattern, bought the wool to knit one or donated to the appeal. Thanks and happy knitting xx

Cobweb White Cones

Hello everyone, just a quick post today for the lace knitters, our 1ply Cobweb Wool has been a staple of our yarn collection since the 1970’s, its a woollen spun 1ply (obviously) 50% Shetland 50% Lambswool mix which is commonly used for shawls and scarfs like the Gibbie, Sheelagh, Rosemary etc. It has a crisp finish when knitted up and it was used often by Gladys Amedro in her Lace designs.

You might have noticed we often have cones of our 1 ply Shetland Supreme but we recently took in some cones of the 1 ply Cobweb which we’ve never had before.. so they are online now at £40, they are appox 600g which is about 8400 metres! This is equivalent to about 24 balls which if you are a shawl knitter means a big saving on the price of the balls. You should be able to get 4 or 5 shawls out of it.

So if you would like a cones of 1ply cobweb you can find it on the website here! PS: We also just took back 3 shades of 2ply Lace.. L125, L69 and L28 which can be seen here..

Happy Knitting!

January Special Offers

hello everyone, we shared this on our Social Media the other day but I thought i’d also share here on the blog some of the items we have on offer at the moment:

  • All our discontinued BSS Aran yarns are now £2.00 a ball each, this is a lovely woollen spun Aran weight perfect for cabled or warmer garments and accessories.
  • A few Jumper Weight shades: 47, 66 and 95 are only £2.00 a ball – that’s about a 30% saving on the £2.85 usual price.
  • two shades of our Shetland Chunky yarns: Raan (bright pink) and Olnafirth (bright blue) are now £3.50 per 100g ball which is better than half price. This Worsted Spun chunky is a lovely soft wool due to how its been spun.
  • A couple of shades of 2ply Lace are £1.90 a ball, L3, L93 and Lfc17.
  • We have a selection of 11 different shades of Jumper Weight 500g cones which are now £21 each, if you like pinks, oranges, yellow and turquoise there will be one for you.
  •  We have some Fair Isle for Beginners and Lace for Beginners kits which we have reduced, the pattern is free and the kit just costs the yarn price.
  • Finally we have some Faulty Optic White 1 ply Shetland Supreme. This yarn came to us from the spinners with some issues in that when it was balled onto the cardboard core some were getting caught on machinery and the yarn was breaking. We had them all checked and because we cannot be sure there are no breaks within the yarn we are offering it for only £1.50 per 25g ball which is a big saving on the usual £5.00 price.

You can find the offers on our website here.

Happy knitting!

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!