Next in Shetland, we trekked west to visit the Jamieson's of Shetland mill. Shetland is home to two producers of Shetland yarn: Jamieson's, and Jamieson + Smith (not confusing at all). Jamieson's is located in Sandness on Shetland's west coast. Jamieson's is a family owned mill that produces Shetland wool yarn as well as manufactures garments - all of this is done in their facility in Sandness which is open to the public.
|Ysolda looking cute in Jamieson cardigan on vest action|
|Malia and Amber in Christmas sweaters!|
|Malia is shopping for the perfect colors|
|Stephen is trying on more knitwear|
|On of the wool experts of Jamieson's shows us the milling process|
Seeing the steps of milling wool into yarn was pretty amazing. Jamieson's also produces their own knitwear so we were able to see workers making garments on seaming machines from knit fabric that had been knit on knitting machines. Amazing!
After Jamieson's we had to take a break for some beach knitting on the beautiful, rocky shores of Sandness. A lovely way to spend the afternoon on a rare sunny day in Shetland.
|Beach knitting break on Sandness|
Shetland is full of sheep. Throughout our time there, we were constantly surrounded by sheep. The sheep were in all the pastures, on the sides of the roads and sometimes in the roads.
Most of the sheep are Shetland sheep. Shetland sheep are a hardy, small breed of sheep who produce fine wool. All the yarns produced on Shetland are from these sheep. Shetland sheep come in 11 recognized colors ranging from white to grey to brown to black. Both yarn companies stock yarn in 9 un-dyed colors from the naturally colored sheep. We explored the island with sheep accompanying on all our adventures!
We traveled north, not really knowing where we were headed, and ended up at the epic cliffs of Eshaness.
|Ysola, Malia, Amber and Jaime in Eshaness|
|Jaime and Amber at Eshaness|
|Ysolda on a cliff...she didn't fall.|
One of the purposes of our trip was to photograph a new collection of patterns that Amber, Malia and Stephen designed for an upcoming collaboration. Ysolda did the photography in some beautiful spots on Shetland when the sun was going down. Stay tuned for the release of these awesome new patterns later this fall!
|Ysolda, Jaime, Stephen with sheep|
|Ysolda fixes Stephen's hat during a photoshoot|
Next up: Jamieson and Smith with Shetland ponies!