Jamieson & Smith, The Shetland Wool Brokers, are making a long-awaited return to the brilliant Woolfest, the original British Wool festival which is held annually in Cockermouth, Cumbria.
Set up by members of The Wool Clip, a Cumbrian wool co-operative, the event showcases the best of wool and wool crafts with many visitors attending from all over the world. Entry on the door is just £10 (or £15 for a two day ticket), including parking and programme. Children accompanied by adults are free to enter.
Jamieson and Smith last attended the event 10 years ago but are returning in 2017 armed with a dazzling array of yarns, knitting accessories, Real Shetland wool top, kits and books.
Visitors to the J&S stand (located in aisle J on stands J197 and 242) will be able to see every shade of their 2ply Jumper Weight yarn range in a stunning new show display.
J&S’s Kharis and Ella (guest patron of 2016’s Shetland Wool Week) will be on the stand to assist visitors with all their knitting needs – if you have any questions for all things Shetland, they are the perfect people to speak to. You can hear more about their preparations and post-event updates via the J&S blog.
One special offer to take advantage of is FREE shipping on any orders taken during the show – with the wide selection of knitting goods J&S currently offer, they can’t bring everything with them.
If you would like to hear more from J&S, you can contact them directly via their website or by phone on 01595 693579.
We all know that the sheep which grow our world famous Real Shetland Wool are very special but they can only do so much by themselves. For Shetland Wool Week 2017, Jamieson and Smith and Vispring would like to offer you the chance to meet some of the devoted people who care for those sheep at Eric Graham’s Gremista Farm on Saturday 30th September.
The Vispring and J&S Flock Book Open Day brings you the opportunity to meet some of Shetland’s crofting community and Real Shetland Sheep as well as hear talks from J&S’s wool specialist, Oliver Henry. Oliver will be demonstrating both what he looks for in wool ‘on the hoof’ and the raw fleece, this is a great opportunity to see Shetland Sheep in their real environment and will give an idea of the importance of the breed.
Visit a real Shetland croft, courtesy of Eric Graham
Meet & speak to Shetland crofters and farmers
Mingle with actual Flock Book Shetland Sheep
Hear talks from J&S’s Oliver Henry on Real Shetland Wool and grading
Enjoy a lamb spit roast and refreshments
Learn more about Vispring, one of the Shetland wool industry’s biggest supporters
Event opens at 10.30am, running into the afternoon
Transport to/from venue from J&S shop, Lerwick (see the map below)
The Shetland crofter, or farmer as we more commonly know them on the mainland, has excellent animal husbandry skills and works all year round maintaining and caring for their flock which are often spread across many acres of stunning Shetland countryside.
Once a year they shear their sheep and gather the wool, before bringing it into the J&S wool store to be weighed and sold. J&S buy the vast majority of all wool grown in Shetland and have one-on-one dealings with most of Shetland’s crofting community.
Once J&S take in the wool, the experienced team hand sorts and grades it before pressing into bales for sending down to Haworth Scouring Ltd, in Bradford. Haworth is the most environmentally friendly scour of its type in the world so there is no better place to send Real Shetland Wool.
Vispring, the UK’s premiere bed manufacturer, recognised the superb quality of Real Shetland Wool and fell in love with the Island’s crofting heritage. Realising the fibre’s potential, Vispring began purchasing large quantities of Real Shetland Wool to use in their prestigious bed ranges.
In recent years, Vispring have supported the crofting community through J&S, by sponsoring competitions and various Shetland Wool Week events. These include the Flock Book, Wool on the Hoof competition and the very popular, Vispring Fleece competition.