Friday, 31 December 2010

Happy Hogmanay

Some more of yesterday's fast changing sunset in Burra.

A little treat to say thankyou to all J&S lovers. 

And a reminder to order next years wool stash at before the 4th January, when the VAT and wool price increase comes in

Thursday, 30 December 2010

lace and tea and sunset

a lovely afternoon to get some lace on the wires (wish me luck, it's my first time with Shetland Supreme 1ply, I'm using moorit and 4mm needles). 

Sunday, 26 December 2010

Boxing day noon

Happy Christmas everyone. 

The ebb this afternoon at the Sands of Sound in Lerwick.

Look closely at the last photo and you might just make out some Shetland Sheep feasting on seaweed. 


Tuesday, 21 December 2010

I wish I lived in a house with stairs

Like a happy pre-christmas present the Roger Oates Shetland Collection, a range of limited edition stair runners made from our most beautiful Real Shetland Wool, popped into my tray today. Excuse the grainy/squint pictures...

Roger Oates Shetland Collection brochure

If you want one as badly as I do, and have some stairs, give us a shout and we can put you in touch with the right folks.

Also, our carpet man is currently laying one of our carpets in a house here in Lerwick. Can't wait to see the photos. 

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Dude/Brideshead Revisited

When smoking was cool, and patterns cost 9pence.
Just unearthed an old pattern that was hiding here in the Jamieson & Smith archive (aka: the random piles of wool goodness that have been untouched for decades). This guy has some style, no? He looks like something from Brideshead Revisited.

The pattern was 'Designed in Shetland for Shetland Wool'. So cool! I'm thinking Jumper weight 2ply in shade 203 (main grey), 36 (navy), 125 (orange), 91 (yellow), FC34 (blue), 1A (white) and 1403 (wine). Many of these colour recipes will be exactly the same - lovely!

Friday, 10 December 2010

The future for Shetland Wool...

Shetland Wool in the Wool Store at Jamieson & Smith Shetland Wool Brokers

OK, so because of the increase in wool prices this year our yarn prices will be rising as of January.  For UK customers, this will coincide with the rise in VAT to 20%.

As it stands, this is a bit of a pest for customers. But that's not the whole story. The rise in wool prices is such good news for crofters and farmers all over the world, and has come about through hard work and initiatives like The Campaign for Wool. More and more, we are all coming back to a place where we see the incredible benefits, environmental and otherwise, of natural wool for use in our clothes, carpets and furnishings. 

The rise in wool prices is extra good for Shetland, because Shetland Sheep are in such decline (the total number of sheep has fallen by 28% over the last 10 years). Low wool prices is one of many challenges to the future of the breed so to help ensure that keeping pure bred Shetland Sheep in Shetland is viable, we paid our wool producers a much higher price per kilo this year. We were able to do this because of all our lovely yarn and knitwear customers, who know just how good Real Shetland Wool is! The crofting and textiles industries, and Shetland Sheep, are really important to Shetland in so many ways including culture, heritage, economic development, even the Shetland dialect!

So, this price increase will come into effect on the 4th January. All orders placed online until the 4th January will be charged at the current prices. When the online shop is updated on the 4th, the new rate will automatically come into effect. 

We will be away on our holidays over this period, but will start posting all of these orders off on our return on the 5th January.

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Spider's web

June took home one and washed the Rose of York shawl, and put it to dry in the store on one of our antique hap boards. What a treat to see it all bright and lovely after some TLC. 

Tuesday, 7 December 2010


Ice curling where the freshwater burn meets the sea in Gunnister, just in the road from the Gunnister Man. (Photo stolen from my Dad).

Monday, 6 December 2010


Reversible felted scarves with a Fair Isle motif, by the lovely Victoria Indrica, have just gone up online. They're knitted up at the Shetland College, where Victoria studies, in Jamieson & Smith Shetland Supreme 2ply laceweight which is completely undyed. 
So cosy

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

ice ice ice

Mid Week inspiration. Icicles running off grass and rock at Meal Beach, taken on Sunday.