Monday, October 07, 2013

Just in time for Shetland Wool Week, Jamieson + Smith is Here!

It's Shetland Wool Week on the Shetland Islands and, as you may know, we are pretty big fans of Shetland wool. After our travels to Shetland this summer, we knew we wanted to carry this wonderfully classic yarn. Shetland Wool Week seemed like the perfect time to welcome Jamieson + Smith 2-ply Jumper Weight wool to Fancy Tiger Crafts!

J + S's Jumper Weight yarn is the traditional yarn used for Fair Isle, or stranded colorwork knitting. This is the yarn you see worked up into so many colorwork sweaters, mittens, hats and scarves across the UK. It comes in an abundance of beautiful heathered hues--muted to bright, dark to light--because knitting colorwork requires such a full palette of shades to work from. The balls are affordable and small (only 25 grams), so knitters can buy just what they need of each color.

J + S's yarns are all made from 100% Shetland wool--specifically Shetland breed sheep that are raised on the Shetland Isles. The breed is known for the range of colorful fleeces. There are 9 natural, undyed colors in J + S's Shetland Supreme 2-ply line of yarn, which work perfectly together with the dyed 2-ply Jumper Weight. Don't worry, we ordered them all!

While in Shetland, Jaime and I picked up some handmade knitted goodies from local designer, Wilma Malcolmson. We love seeing how a professional Fair Isle designer put together her color palettes--here is a peek at her beautiful combos.

Stay tuned to see what projects we've been working on with this yarn!


Anonymous said...

It's so great that you brought in so many colors for color-working. I'm excited to start a bright and colorful sweater for winter! Yay!

PenCraft said...

I am looking for some specific colors. Do you carry FC24, 82, 65 and 118? I am in Colorado and would arrange a trip to Denver if there was a chance I could pick up a few skeins (1, 6, 5, and 3 respectively).

Fancy Tiger Crafts said...

Hi PenCraft! We have colors FC24 and 118. Feel free to email if you'd like us to set any aside for you!