Wool in Shetland

Just found this wonderful blog post and video to accompany it about a trip to Shetland by two women, Lori Graham and Kathy Cadigan.   If you enjoy the video, I would encourage you to check out the blog post and Lori and Kathy’s sites. Alongside beautiful photographs, their love of knitting is reflected in their work.  Thanks also to Ashley from the Woolful blog for authoring a wonderful guest post of the two knitters.

Shetland Wool Week 2013

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Last month (October 7-13), there was a celebration of wool and a week full of learning about textiles in Shetland.

This is an event I would love to go to one day.  I was raised with knitting and I really enjoy the texture and colors of wool.  I don’t knit as much as I should anymore.  I can’t quite get past the feeling that I should be doing something more energetic.  I’m afraid I have lost the art of a peaceful sit-down with a pair of needles.  I think I also suffer from pattern-itis.  I have resorted to knitting hats and scarfs, of which I have too many now and may have to give away.  I used to knit sweaters and baby clothes but I am out of practice and patterns tend to exhaust me before I have even started.

I enjoyed watching this video about the Shetland Wool Week from this year and I gained a renewed interest in potentially tackling something a bit more complicated than a scarf.  It was fun to see the man separating the wool and deciding what it could be used for.  How wonderful that all those people from different places could come together to enjoy knitting as a group.


Shetland Heritage Yarn

This is for my knitting friends (or for anyone who just appreciates a beautiful ball of wool) … a new release of Shetland Heritage yarn by Jamieson & Smith.  Absolutely gorgeous!


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These are in addition to a previous release last July, which …  “were inspired by traditional, hand spun and dyed yarns found in garments in the Shetland Museum and Archives textile collection. These were the first dyed yarns used in Fair Isle knitwear in Shetland and would have been made from whatever dyes were available to the people of the time, including madder root and indigo.” (copied from here).

Here’s a photo of the complete set and a link to Jamieson’s blog post from last year, announcing the first batch (is that the correct term :)?) of Shetland Heritage yarn.



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