As a knitter I love yarn and my favourite yarn is wool. I also love colour and the Fair Isle technique, so it was inevitable that eventually, I should buy yarn from Shetland. Shetland Spindrift, from Jamieson’s of Shetland, is spun from wool produced by Shetland sheep, and every process required to turn the fleece into yarn is carried out on Shetland. So the yarn miles are minimal. and it is available in over 220 beautiful colours, which to quote Jamieson’s “allows immense design potential”.
In my ideal world, I would order one of each colour – in the real world I could only order 15; I changed my mind so many times!
One extremely exciting day a parcel of yarns arrived and I began swatching, testing out both patterns and colour combinations.
Fair Isle knitting is quite addictive and to my mind is far more satisfying than intarsia. The yarn is wonderful to knit with; it’s quite magical to see how adding another colour changes the appearance of the sample. Some colour combinations worked better in certain patterns. My swatches grew and I finalised my colours. Then I started the project, a small purse with a pansy pattern and a variation of a corrugated rib. Joy, from beginning to end!