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Christmas Ideas 2019

Hello everyone, things are getting pretty chilly here in Shetland and the winter knits have certainly come out – luckily we know just the place to get the wool…! Anyway, the next thing on the calendar, of course, is Christmas so we thought we would share some ideas for presents you could get from J&S for your loved one or of course yourself..

Books always make a great present and there have been a few new ones this year, for those interested in Shetland and its agriculture we released our Seasons of the Shetland Crofter photo book this Wool Week and it makes a great peerie present at just £10, the Shetland Croft range was expanded this year which also meant a new book of patterns and the Shetland Country book is filled with a mix of contemporary designs. As always if you are a fan of J&S our Shetland Story contains our history as well as 10 designs using our yarns.

Also released this year have been the Shetland Guilds latest book – Fair Isle Designs from Shetland Knitters Volume Two, its filled with great patterns all from knitters based in Shetland using Shetland Wool, we’ve also taken in This Golden Fleece by Esther Rutter which you might have seen lots of people talking – our Shetland Heritage Yarn is mentioned on the back cover (proud moment!) Of course we have also got in this year’s Shetland Wool Week annual, every year they get bigger and better and this was the biggest to celebrate the 10th year.

As always, we also always have a wide range of kits available. If your looking for a smaller item things like the Weisdale Tam, Roadside Beanie and Harriets Yarn packs would make any knitters happy (for the Harriet and Roadside please note the patterns aren’t included but the information is on the product page)

Another classic kit we have is the Sheepheid by Kate Davies, its uses all 9 of the Natural Shades we sell in the Supreme Jumper Weight, its a more expensive hat kit but you get nine 50g balls so there are lots left over for more hats or mitts. The Skerry Gloves are seasonally traditional but have great use of colour that really stands out and if you are getting ready for Up Helly Aa the Guizers Toorie is perfect!

We have kits for bigger projects too like our traditional allover patterns we released this year – Antarctica and Roadside Allovers are designed by Sandra and use traditional Shetland techniques. Following on from the Sheepheid, the Rams and Yowes blanket kit is a dream knit for lots of knitters – we have a sample in the shop and we always joke it must be one of the most petted blankets ever!

We have these kit boxes which can be added to any order if you are giving it as a present. The small size is great for peerie kits and the big for garment kits. We also have selection boxes available for most of our yarn ranges which come in the kit boxes – these are great as they give you a taster of a yarn range with a mixture of shades or in some cases the full-colour range.

We also stock a range of accessory products which are great as stocking fillers like our peerie Maakin bags, Gauges and glove boards. These smaller things like bags, tape measures, keyrings etc make great additions to gifts especially if you are interested in Shetland knitting and wool.

We recently released our new Crew Neck Jumpers knit using 2ply Jumper Weight, we have them available in a range of shades and sizes. These are classic and so very warm – as long as they are looked after they will last a lifetime!

We also have a small selection of cushion and rugs, which includes rugs made in our Shetland Heritage yarns, Undyed wool cushions and a limited number of plain Moorit throws. They are perfect for having over your bed or on the back of the couch.

Talking of keeping you warm our range of socks made in our Shetland Heritage Naturals make a great present! We have two styles: Toonie which is a ribbed foot and Crofter which has a terry foot. They both come in a selection of colours and sizes.

Finally, I thought I’d give a mention to our mug and coasters – we get these made for us in Shetland using designs from our pattern collection, they are really high quality and the designs are exclusive to us so if you or a loved one is a J&S supporter they make a great gift.

So I hope that has given you some ideas, it will be here before we know it! These are the recommended last posting dates for Royal Mail and we would advise a least a few days before the date to place your order (in case of weather delays!):

Wednesday 18 December UK
Monday 9 December Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Central and
South America, Far and Middle East
Tuesday 10 December Cyprus, Malta
Wednesday 11 December Eastern Europe (except Czech Republic,
Poland and Slovakia)
Thursday 12 December Australia, Greece, New Zealand and
Turkey
Saturday 14 December Canada, Czech Republic, Finland,
Italy, Poland, Sweden, USA
Monday 16 December Austria, Denmark, Germany, Iceland,
Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia,
Spain, Switzerland
Wednesday 18 December Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg

 

Northern Lights Knit-A-Long 2019/2020

Hello everyone, a few weeks ago I asked in our Ravelry Group what people thought about doing another Knit-A-Long, we have done a few (Winter Woollies, Fire Festival) and of course every year we do the Colourbox Competition at the Agricultural Shows in Shetland. The answer was yes and I asked in a poll what people would like to do – we usually choose the colours but for a change this time we are merely going to give you the inspiration and leave colours up to you.

Photo Copyright: David Gifford

We have chosen Northern Lights as our inspiration source for this KAL, Shetland is known for being one of the best places to see Northern Lights or Mirry Dancers as we call it. As the nights darken and the temperature drops the sky is often filled with these strange moving lights in all different colours. It makes a great inspiration because you can choose to be inspired in any way:

  • By colour: greens, yellow, purple, blue, navy, black.. the more you look the more colours you see!
  • By shapes: swirls, stars, lines, gradients
  • By style of knitting: colourwork/Fair Isle, Lace, Slipped Stitches..

Our only stipulation is you must use all J&S yarns – you can use any, from cobweb up to chunky but to be eligible for a prize you must be able to show it is made in our wool.

I have made a Pinterest board with more images but I would suggest looking at posts like this and this.

So details:

  • KAL will run from today (November 11th) until 1st April 2020.
  • You can make any type of Knitted Garment/Accessory or Home item.
  • What you make must only use Jamieson & Smith yarns.
  • Item must be inspired by Northern Lights either in colour, motif or effect – or all three!

You can share what you’re making with the #northernlightskal on Instagram and you must tag Ravelry projects with #northernlightskal

We will be back with more info soon but for now get thinking about what you would like to make and share in our ravelry group and on instagram

Wool Week 2019 – a photo roundup

Hello everyone, happy Friday! It’s hard to believe that Shetland Wool Week 2019 ended over a month ago, we had such a busy time but the dust has settled so we thought we’d share some pictures from throughout the week:

The Opening Ceremony L: lots of Roadside Beanies R: table decoration featuring scarfs mentioned in this post

Oliver giving his speech

Judging at the Marts L: on the hoof R: a beautiful Moorit fleece

L: Prizewinning fleece R: the winners

The Hub L: Lots of Knitters R: Amazing giant Jumper Board

Vivian Ross-Smiths’ exhibition was on in the Hub space during Wool Week, for more information about Vivian’s work see here.

L: Burra Bears R: Faye Hackers of the Shetland College and Nicholas Coleridge, Chairman of the Campaign for Wool

Oliver giving his talk ’50 Years in Shetland Oo’

L: The Oo never stops! R: Oliver giving his sorting and grading demonstration

L: It was a week of Roadside Beanies R: Amazing Jumper featuring all the motifs from Shetland Wool Week hats past and present.

Ruth Mackenzie and Matt Roberts of the Shetland Amenity Trust alongside Oliver presenting Dave Wheeler with his prize for winning our Seasons of a Shetland Crofter Competition. We also launched the book at Wool Week, its available here!

So much amazing Knitwear all week! L: a Hevdadale Scarf and Ola Yoke R: A Roadside Skirt!

Beautiful fleeces outside the Woolstore

L: Roadside Beanie and Glebe Jumper R: Just some of our mail posted out during the week

Lots of great memories and friends made as always, for more information about Shetland Wool Week see here, it will soon be here again, Happy Knitting!

photos: Adam Curtis, Ella Gordon and one from Sara Granqvist (thanks Sara!)

 

Harrogate Knitting & Stitching Show 2019

Hello everyone, happy Friday! In just a few weeks Sandra and Derek will be heading down to Harrogate for the Knitting and Stitching Show, this is just a short post to give you some details and where you can find more info.

The show is on 28th November – 1st December at the Harrogate Convention Centre and Derek and Sandra will be bringing down a wide selection of yarns, kits and accessories direct from us here in Shetland, if there are also things we don’t have with us you can order them at the show and we will post them when they get back.

You will find us at stand A662, and there are details here for purchasing tickets and here for travel and other visiting info. If you plan on attending the show and there are specific things you would like us to bring please leave a comment and we will do our best to take it.

Happy Knitting!

Shetland Wool Week Scarf Project

Hello everyone, happy Friday! Today we thought we’d share some images of a project we took part in during Shetland Wool Week which was coordinated by Faye Hackers of the Shetland College.

The project took inspiration from people known in the Shetland Textile industry who provided Faye with imagery and text about what they love about Shetland, this was then taken by Faye and designed into one-off scarfs which were auctioned off for charity during a silent auction at Wool Week.

Among the people asked were J&S’s own Oliver and Ella, former patrons Donna Smith, Elizabeth Johnston and Hazel Tindall. For more information see Fayes Instagram posts. We love how different each scarf was:

We were happy to donate all the yarn for the project meaning the scarves were knit in 2ply Jumper Weight or Shetland Heritage, in total the auction raised £1,776.00 of which 100% will be donated to charity as we provided the yarn for free. The charities chosen by the individuals were: Cancer Research UK, CLAN, Shetland MRI Scanner Appeal, Mind Your Head, GlobalYell, Lerwick Brass Band and Whalsay Heritage Centre.

All and all it was a great project!

Model and white photography: Faye Hackers

Museum Photos: John Hunter

Models: Akshay Borges and Alanah Young

Seasons of the Shetland Crofter

Hello everyone, Happy Shetland Wool Week! just a quick post today revealing the cover and list of shortlisted entries featured in our Seasons of the Shetland Crofter book. You may remember earlier this year we asked for people to send us their pictures and stories representing the 4 seasons in the year in Shetland in Crofting and Farming. We are pleased to announce the winners as follows:

The overall winner and cover image – Dave Wheeler

1st place Spring – Brian Smith
1st place Summer – Sally Sanford
1st place Autumn – Laura Sinclair
1st place Winter – Heather Gray

Shortlisted Entrants (featured in the Seasons of the Shetland Crofter book):
Mary Brown
Anne Macdonald
Rachel Challoner
Lisa Johnson
Jane Gray
Alexis Simpson
John Hunter
Nia Hunter
Darren Leslie
Elaine Tait
Nancy Johnson
Andrew Nicolson
Gwen Williamson
Pam Williamson
Kaila Tarrant
Allan Fraser
Jacqueline Leask
Marty Davis
Ian Reid
Margaret Towriess
Anne Doull
Jac Bates

As a reminder the prizes were:

OVERALL WINNER:

(Defined by the best overall entry as selected by the judging panel)

Vispring Real Shetland bed set* (for Shetland residents only)
Two-night stay at Sumburgh Head Lighthouse courtesy of Shetland Amenity Trust (to be claimed within 1 year)
Copy of the Seasons of the Shetland Crofter book

1st Place per Category:
(Spring/Summer/Autumn/Winter)
£100 in cash or J&S vouchers
Vispring branded J&S RSW throw
Copy of the Seasons of the Shetland Crofter book

Shortlist Entries per category:
Vispring branded J&S RSW throw
Copy of the Seasons of the Shetland Crofter book
Pair of J&S Real Shetland Wool socks

So if you are reading this and your name is there we will be in touch (or already have been!) and if you would like to purchase a copy of our book featuring images from this competition it is available now here in Shetland in the shop and we will have it available online next week, it is priced at £10.

Happy Knitting and remember to follow our social media this week (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as we’ll be trying to post as much as we can about Shetland Wool Week!

Shetland Wool Week at J&S through the years

Hello everyone, can you believe Shetland Wool Week is nearly upon us yet again? We are trying to get organised here but you can hardly believe that this is the 10th Shetland Wool Week, every year the event has grown and now its a huge event in the calendar and our busiest week in the shop by far!

The programmes through the years!

You may or may not know that it was us, J&S, who started Wool Week back in 2010. Through our work with the Campaign for Wool, it was suggested we hold a Wool Week in Shetland which was organised to tie in with the Shetland Flock Book Society’s annual sale – if you’ve ever wondered why SWW is at the time of year it is – that’s why! Together with the Shetland Amenity Trust and Shetland Museum J&S put together a number of events and that’s what kicked the whole thing off! Since 2011 the event has been made possible thanks to the work of Promote Shetland as it was then and later the Amenity Trust.

So I thought we would have a look back through some pictures from Wool Weeks over the years here at J&S..

2010

You have to go pretty far back on the blog to find about 2010 but after Oliver had a couple of weeks to put together a SWW J&S hosted a selection of classes and tours. It was also the year we launched the Shetland Fine Lace project and in turn our Shetland Supreme 1 and 2ply Yarns.

2011

2011 didn’t have a lot of blogging action but it did see the launch of our first book Knit Real Shetland for SWW alongside some of our most popular kits: Eva Shawl, Eid Top and Yuglet Hat to name a few, it was the first year we had a programme for the event and it consisted of a folded a3 piece of paper – seen above. Quite different from now!!

2012

   

2012 was when I would say people started really seeing that Shetland Wool Week was the place to be.. highlights included a trunk show from Kate Davies’ first book ‘Colours of Shetland‘ (we had no idea how big that would be!!) and the launch of our Shetland Heritage yarns.

Kate was the first patron of Shetland Wool Week, at that time it wasn’t the big thing it is now but it was the start of that tradition..

2013

     

2013 saw classes from visitors like Tom of Holland and Felicity Ford (the second wool week patron!) and local designers like Hazel Tindall and Elizabeth Johnston.. for a bonus point see if you can see another future patron in the class pictures..

We also had a visit from some of Shetlands future designers, the girls visited us from Whalsay, at the time they were the only after school/lunchtime knitting group and were definitely innovators!

2014

In 2014 we had our first opening ceremony – prior to that the organisers always had a closing ceremony but for the first time we all gathered at Mareel. We also had our first pattern! Hazel Tindall was the patron and designed the Shwook hat – starting the hat pattern tradition we have all come to know and love. More classes this year from designers including Gudrun Johnston and Mary Jane Mucklestone whos classes can be seen above.

2015

2015 was the year of the Baable Hat! Donnas pattern for that year truly went viral and we had another busy year with classes and tours in the shop as well as a lot of wool buying (of course!). The opening ceremony grew again and was even bigger at Clickimin Centre featuring speeches and talks from all involved in Wool Week.

2016

2016 was another busy year of classes and we saw lots of new and returning visitors at J&S, that’s one of the best things about SWW – we get to see the friends we made in the years before! Every year Oliver’s sorting and grading demonstrations are one of our most visited events (if you are here this year they are on again!)

2017

In 2017 we had a very exciting SWW as we launched our book Jamieson & Smith A Shetland Story, this was the result of a good few years of work by us all so it was exciting to have the book launch during Wool Week. We continued with our classes in the shop but also hosted a Wool and crofter focused event at Gremista Farm as unfortunately, the Flock Book sales fell outwith SWW that year.

2018

Oh dear, I didn’t get many pictures last year! It was by far our busiest year in the shop so most of the time was spent at the till – but it was another great year. We had a big Opening Ceremony at the new Anderson High school and you can see all the Merrie Dancers Toories!

2019..

And here we are at 2019 and the year of the Roadside Beanie and Oliver as the patron, it’s so great to see it come full circle.

I hope you’ve enjoyed a trip down J&S SWW memory lane!

Ollie Dolly!

Hello everyone, happy Friday! A few weeks ago we received an email from a customer in Australia, Debra Hinton who had made a doll featuring our very own, and this year’s wool week patron, Oliver Henry!

Debra had kindly mentioned in her email she would be happy to have the pattern available free so we are offering it to you here if you would like to make your own peerie Ollie! I (Ella) decided to make one and for my first knitted doll – I’m very pleased! I found the pattern easy to follow and it just took me a few nights of working on it before he was finished.

It’s knit using 2ply Jumper Weight and stuffed with our Wool Balls – I went for shades 21 (blue), 53 (peach) 54 (dark grey) 203 (light grey) and 9097 (red). For the boiler suit details, I used sewing thread held double in a bronze shade.

So if you would like to make your own Oliver you can get the pattern by clicking here: oliver henry man of wool doll. Although it is free (for non-commercial use i.e you can make it for yourself or for a gift, not for sale) she did mention she would be happy for people to make a small donation to the MRI Maakers appeal.

If you are coming to Wool Week and would like to make one we would love for you to bring your doll so we can take a picture and show Oliver, we’d love to see how many we can see before the Week is out!

Unst Show 2019

Hello everyone, me (Ella) and Sandra headed up to Unst on Saturday for the Unst Show. This is a trip which involves getting two ferries so we were up early and make our way up there to judge the knitwear entries which for the first year also included a colourbox section! You will know if you regularly read our blogs or look at our facebook and Instagram that this year we have been to Voe, Cunningsburgh and Walls to judge the Colourbox. This is a selection of 8 shades of  2ply Jumper Weight which we chose – the entrants then have to use at least 5 of the 8 shades in their creations.

 

There was a great mix of garments and accessories and we were really pleased with the number of entries for the first Colourbox at Unst. We also judged the rest of the knitwear and as expected for Unst (known for its beautiful lace) there were some amazing entries – and quite a few Roadside Beanies!

Sadly it was a very wet day and although Sandra and I thought we were suitably attired it became apparent very quickly we were not! Luckily our judging was indoors but it meant we didn’t get to see all the animals, I had a quick look around the sheep though so thought you might like to see a few damp but happy enough sheep.

We also went to the Unst Heritage Centre which was across from the show field (to try and dry off) to look at the amazing lace on show and we really enjoyed that, it is well worth a visit.

It was a good trip and marked the end of our show season, the Yell show is on this weekend and that is the last. Summer certainly feels like it’s over now but that means one thing – soon its Shetland Wool Week!

Happy Knitting! 🙂

New Croft Shades

Hello everyone, happy Friday! You may have seen on our Instagram last week we welcomed 6 new shades of the Croft Yarn, this is a yarn produced by West Yorkshire Spinners using raw Shetland Wool purchased from us! Initially, there were 8 speckled shades then 12 solid were added and with this batch 4 more speckled and 2 solid shades bringing the total up to 26 shades!

L-R: Lunna Quendale, Copister

L-R: Huxter, Hillswick and Marister

It is a great yarn for both colourwork and textured knitting, although named as Aran weight by WYS we would say its more of a Heavy DK / Worsted weight so it can be knitted at a wide range of gauges and it is treated so its machine washable but it still holds a Shetland Wool feeling – just not as rustic as some of our own ranges.

Another pattern book has also been added to the range featuring patterns by Mary Henderson and Rosee Woodland, it contains a mix of garment and accessories all knit using a range of the colours.

We were also sent a pile of free patterns for this nice hat – which is perfect for one hank! So if you order any Croft Yarn we will include a free pattern (until we run out!)

You can find the Croft Yarn on our the online shop here

Me (Ella) and Sandra are heading to the Unst Show tomorrow so keep an eye out next week for a post about what we see, till then have a nice weekend and happy knitting!

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