Our Trip to Woolfest 2018

Hello everyone, just a quick post today. You may have seen on our social media we were down in Cockermouth last weekend for Woolfest. We had a great weekend seeing lots of you and selling our woolly wares. As well as all the stalls there are lots of animals to see too which is always a treat, its mainly sheep but there were also alpacas and angora rabbits!

We saw our lovely sheepy statue friends in Lockerbie again!

back home before we knew it!

We got back just before the Heatwave started in the UK (basically everywhere but Shetland) which is fine by us, we are not made for the heat! I hope you enjoyed these pictures of our trip away to Woolfest, you can see more about the event here.

Happy Knitting!!

PS. While we were away there was a couple of issues with the online shop – they should all be fixed now but if you placed an order between the 21st and 25th of June and paid by card but have received no order confirmation please contact us, we have emailed everyone but have a few which haven’t come back.

Shetland College Vision 18

On Saturday after closing the shop I headed to the Shetland College to see this years end of year show titled Vision 18. This was a display of all the Textile and Fine Art students work over this year and as always it was an inspiring visit! As well as the Degree courses they also offer Vocational Pathway courses to students at high school and Eric Gray classes to students with disabilities and life long conditions. This makes for a very wide ranging and varied display.

We are big supporters of the College, two of us who work at J&S (Ella and Kharis) both studied textiles there and we have projects with them most years, so I thought I’d share some pictures of the displays.

This years project we were involved in was with some of the fine art students to create an artwork which could be used to promote J&S, you might have seen our picture on Instagram of one of the students work – which was the portrait of Oliver you can see below

There were two students graduating from the Contemporary Textiles BA Hons Degree so their work was in a room on its own, Rhea Kay (the first two pictures) and Megan Smith’s (the last two pictures) work was very different but its was so interesting how they were both inspired by growing up in Shetland and how this has inspired their final collections.

I think you can agree the quality and quantity of talented people in Shetland is quite amazing considering our small population. If you want more information about studying at Shetland College see the website here and you can follow the Textile department on instagram here

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!

Woolfest 2018

photo from woolfest.co.uk

Hello everyone! we hope your enjoying your Monday, just a quick post today to remind you about Woolfest! we have had lots of lovely weather the past couple of weeks here in Shetland but we have started organising all the lovely Shetland Wool we will be taking down with us to Cockermouth.

Ella and Kharis on our stall last year

We will of course have all our ranges of yarn – from 1ply up to Chunky including the full palette of 2ply Jumper Weight and a small selection of kits for things like the Merrie Dancers Toorie. If there is anything in particular you think we should take with us please leave it in the comments below and we will try to make room in the van.

So you can find us on stall J210 and J211, for more information about the event have a look at the show website here

We had a great time last year so we are looking forward to our trip again and seeing lots of you in Cumbria in a couple of weeks!

NKCAL 2018 Winners!

hello everyone! its time to share the winners of the NCKAL, there were nearly 600 votes so thank you to everyone that took the time to vote for their favourite. It was all very close in the results but..

The winner in the Garment Category is Alix:

And the winner in the Accessory Category is Eva:

So Congratulations Alix and Eva, I will be in touch by Ravelry message about your prize, thank you to all that took part and either entered or voted. We will think up another Knit A Long soon!

Happy Knitting x

New Colours KAL 2018 – the entries

Hello everyone!

We are back today with the final items made for the New Colours KAL, there is a good mix or garments and accessories. The rules for the KAL was the item had to use at least 3 of our newly brought back colours of 2ply Jumper Weight (16, 32, 90, 1282 and FC21) along with as many other shades of Jumper Weight you wanted. If you want to see more pictures please click on the link on each picture – that will take you to the ravelry project page.

We have spilt the poll into garments and accessories so once you’ve had a look over please vote for your favourite!

Garments

Wild Flowers by Auchnagaoith
Yoke 2 by MaureeninFargo
NCKal Clover Cape by Rubyshasha
Man Vest by bessie4dogs
Never Smile at a Crocodile by Alix Pearson

Accessories

Merrie Dancers Toorie by Fabclaire
New Colours KAL 2018 by Anniejay
Babyblanket by Eval8
Decennium by ginny8
Color Challange by Jelibet
J&S New Colors KAL by HootersHall
Never Smile at a Crocodile Hat by AlixPearson

The polls will close Next Wednesday 16th May and we will announce the winners and contact them to send a prize, Thank you to everyone who took part, we love doing our colour themed knit-a-longs and we are glad you do too.

Happy Knitting!

Fair Isle Designs from Shetland Knitters Vol. 1

In March the Shetland Guild of Spinners, Knitters, Weavers and Dyers released their latest book of patterns – Fair Isle Designs from Shetland Knitters Vol 1. The book contains 15 original patterns by designers and knitters in the Guild and based at the time of writing in Shetland. It’s an inspiring group of patterns ranging from small items up to garments and features a good range of adult and children’s items:

Seaness Phone Cover by Irene Copperwheat, Quarwall Triangular Shawl by Lauretta Robertson and Quarry Hat and Mitten Set by Alice Pottinger
Clover Brimmed Hat by Ina Irvine, Jemina Hot Water Bottle/Ipad cover by Wilma Couper and Kae Waistcoat by Susan Johnson

When you think of Shetland knitting the most common weight of yarn used is what we call Jumper Weight – a woollen spun 4ply weight yarn available in lots of colours which make the shading of colourwork pop, these patterns in the book either use our 2ply Jumper Weight or Shetland Supreme Jumper Weight:

Sandison Yoked Jumper by Hazel Tindall and Pole Star Mittens by Joan Poleson
Meenie Wristwarmers by Barbara Cheyne and Hvarfi Gloves by Pearl Johnson
Snow in Kergord Mittens by Outi Kater

There are also three patterns in the book which use our Shetland Heritage yarn, both dyed and natural. The Shetland Heritage is slightly lighter weight than Jumper Weight. As it is Worsted Spun the yarn has a softness and drape which makes it perfect for people who find Shetland Wool slightly itchy – the Vailima Cardigan and Frances Frilly Pixie are both for children which the heritage is great for. The Tangwick Tank top in the Natural Heritage is a lovely lightweight top perfect for warmer days but also for layering in the colder months (more often than not in Shetland!)

Vailima Cardigan by Ruby Williamson
Tangwick Tank Top by Sara Leith
Frances Frilly Pixie Hat by Linda Shearer

Congratulations to the Guild on the publication of the new book, you can purchase it here on our website and we look forward to seeing Volume 2!

Happy Knitting!