‘Lerwick’ Heritage Throw

A brief look at one of the stunning Real Shetland Heritage Throws and its namesake, Lerwick.

Source: ‘Lerwick’ Heritage Throw

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Winter Woollies KAL 2015

Wonderful collection of hat, scarf and gloves!

We have had a busy few weeks since we came back after the Christmas break, so one thing I haven’t had a chance to do is reveal the winner of the Winter Woollies KAL we had towards the end of last year. If you want to read more about what we did, see here and here.

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So after a lot of deliberation we choose Bev’s project as our winner!

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Bev actually used all the shades in her Hat and Mittens, we only required 5 or more to be used but we thought she put them together so well in her finished project, look at that lovely corrugated rib! For her prize we sent her a copy of our book Knit Real Shetland and a selection of 2ply Jumper Weight in her choice.

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If you want to see some more examples of what people made, have a look at…

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Yarn Series – Shetland Supreme Jumper Weight

Aren’t sheep amazing creatures. Free range animals. Ecosustainable! Planet friendly. Wool is a gift!

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Hello! we are back with another post in the yarn series, this time it is the turn of Shetland Supreme Jumper Weight – a totally undyed and natural 4ply Weight Yarn. This yarn is perhaps best known in recent years for its use in the designs by Kate Davies, however we have been singing the praises of this natural woollen spun yarn for many years.

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Supreme Jumper Weight comes in a range of 9 completely undyed shades, ranging from Natural White (Shade 2001) to Yuglet (Shade 2009) The other shades are either as they are on the sheep or carefully blended from the natural wool to create a well-rounded palette.

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Historically Coloured Shetland Wool was used by knitters in Fair Isle patterning and Lace knitting like Haps before the dyed wool was available. As time went on however the Coloured wool lost its value and it became almost worthless because…

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KNITSONIK – BLOG TOUR PART 2!

As you may know, Felicity Ford has recently published a book ‘The Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook‘ We took part in the original blog tour which was part of the kickstarter campaign to raise the funds for the book. The full amount for the project had already been raised by the time we did our original post so we knew this book was going to be a roaring success!! We were lucky that the first copies of the book arrived in Shetland when Felicity was here for Shetland Wool Week so we got one of the first peeks.  I sent Felicity a few more questions to see how she was feeling now the book has come out!

the_cover-950x4251: How did you find the process of writing the book and are you pleased with how it has come out? I think it is beautiful!

I really enjoyed writing the book; I…

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Wool Week Opening Ceremony

Wool Week Opening Ceremony.

Unquestionably the best Real Shetland Wool Week yet! Congratlations to all involved.

We have been working to put the Shetalnd Islands back on the top of the wool pile – so many incorrectly labelled products out there take away the livelihoods of Shetland crofters and sheep farmers and that is not right. So, make sure you see the 3 Sheep Logo on Real Shetland Wool products and you know you are getting the genuine article!

best wishes

Martin Curtis

 

 

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British Knitting Awards 2014

We have some exciting news, we recently found out we have been nominated in the British Knitting Awards 2014 in the Best Brand for British Yarn category. The nominees for these awards are made up of the readers of Lets Knit and Lets Get Crafting – Knitting and Crochet Magazines.

Brit Knit Awrds 2014There are 25 catogories covering a wide range of Knitterly things, from Best Sock Yarn Brand to Best Designer  as well as best Shops in different areas of Britian. We’re so pleased to be nominated alongside some of our stockists: This Is Knit in Dublin and Purl City in Manchester as well as one of our favourite designers and friend of Jamieson & Smith: Kate Davies

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This is the first year that they have had a catogory for Best Brand for British yarn, this demontrates the popularity and high quality of British produced yarns, something we…

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