Shetland Wool Adventures Journal Vol 4

  • Shetland Wool Adventures Volume 4. The fourth volume of the Shetland Wool Adventures Journal is a real treat, inside you'll travel to Fair Isle and have an opportunity to immerse yourself into island life and follow the rhythm of this magical place. Includes features and interviews with stunning photography. 

    - 164 pages
    - 6 beautifully photographed and illustrated knitting patterns
    - Wondrous Colours and Patterns
    - Sheep of many colours
    - Articles about Shetland wool, knitting, textiles and heritage
    - ‘Wool Man’ Oliver Henry from Jamieson & Smith
    - From France to Fair Isle - in conversation with Marie Bruhat
    - A trip to Fair Isle with Susan Molloy
    - Rachel Challoner, a crofter in Fair Isle

    Created and edited by Misa Hay, former editor of 60 North and the Shetland Wool Week Annual. See the about tab for pattern information.

    Designers featured in this issue: Wilma Malcolmson, Barbara Cheyne, Alison Rendall, Mary Fraser & Amy Fair. 

    Photography by Susan Molloy
    Garment illustrations by Lorna Reid
    Photo location Westshore

    Vegar Jumper by Barbara Cheyne
    The jumper was born from the Icelandic pattern called Afmæli and given a Shetland twist. Blue is Shetland’s ‘national’ colour. The yoke pattern is a result of Icelandic influence and Shetland while the name Vegar is part of an Icelandic street name.

    Yarn: Jamieson’s of Shetland, Shetland Spindrift.

    New Shell Scarf by Barbara Cheyne
    The scarf is a common pattern in Shetland and the colours were inspired from the masses of blooming heather all over the islands during August.

    Yarn: Jamieson’s of Shetland, Shetland Spindrift

    Blosta Hat by Amy Gair
    The Blosta Hat is inspired by the colours in Shetland's landscape during the spring near Amy's home in Cunningsburgh. The patterns are a mix of linear stripes and blending patterns as well as fair isle O X O. Amy has a fascination with Shetland's location as a small remote island between mainland Scotland and Scandinavia, and likes to explore that narrative within her designs.

    Yarn: Jamieson & Smith 2ply Jumper Weight

    Halliara Spencer by Alison Rendall
    Shetland wool spencers were worn as soft, warm undergarments. As they were sometimes made by children, they were simple garments, made in riggies*, with a bit of Shetland lace thrown in. Alison says: “I’ve always loved these traditional undergarments and therefore asked my Mam to make me one that could be worn as an outer garment.”

    “The design we came up with is based on traditional Shetland garments of the time, but together we’ve incorporated additional detailing, such as lace patterns up the front and the back, as well as lace cuffs and welt. The body is made in stocking stitch. We hope you enjoy making and wearing your authentic Shetland Spencer. It was really nice to work with my mother on this project.”

    *garter stitch; ‘riggies’ refers to garter stitch ridges

    Yarn: Jamieson & Smith 2ply Jumper Weight

    Oyster Gloves by Wilma Malcolmson
    The design features unusual blends of subdued shades bursting into life with toning accent colours. The gloves were designed using mainly Charcoal and Oxford Grey, highlighted with Sandalwood and some interesting subtle colours.

    Wilma’s subtle colour combinations are instantly recognisable and her designs are simply stunning. She has been on the Shetland textile scene for a long time and her expertise and skill are highly valued.

    Yarn: Jamieson’s of Shetland, Shetland Spindrift

    Culswick Snood by Mary Fraser
    This snood pattern began life as a jumper Mary began to knit for her son almost 30 years ago. It was laid by and discovered it many years later. Mary decided to repurpose it as a snood for herself. Her son had grown a lot and never did get his jumper!

    Mary has knitted many snoods since. She says she likes to knit them fairly long as she always feel the cold winter chill on her neck. The snood can easily come up over the head and not leave a gap at the nape of the neck, keeping you nice and cosy.

    It is an easy pattern for beginners, with no shaping as it's just a long tube.

    Yarn: Jamieson’s of Shetland, Shetland Spindrift.

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