My first offering is my Rof hat, the motif is inspired by the roof’s on Crofthouses, you might recognise it if you have one of my Crofthouse Cushions, I love the simple but effective repeat of it and I was really pleased with how it came out!
Of course it is topped with a nice pompom (you know I love a good pom pom!!) I knit the sample in Jamieson & Smith Shetland Chunky which is a lovely worsted spun heavyweight aran, I chose the naturally inspired Dumba and Kirn Mylk but it would look equally nice in any of the shades.I also fancy knitting myself a version using Alafoss Lopi, or even Brooklyn Tweed’s brand new yarn Quarry which I treated myself to a few skeins last week.
My other pattern is another piece of headwear, the Muli headband!
I finished this pattern right after I got back from Iceland in May and I was inspired by some of the motif’s I saw at the Textile Museum there, although you find this kind of motif in Shetland knitting I find there to be quite a Scandinavian look about it!
I knit the headband using two strands of J&S 2ply Jumper Weight held double for a light aran/DK weight. I did a subtlety shaded version using 5 colours and also a 3 colour version. I think it came out really nice and I love how the different colour schemes work.
If you cant make it to Shetland for Shetland Wool Week I urge you to order a copy of the Annual, (available here) as well as patterns from Gudrun Johnston, Outi Kater and Donna Smith to name a few there are also brilliant articles from Laurie Goodlad, Kate Davies and Shetland Museum Head of Textiles Carole Christiansen.
As well as working hard during Wool Week I am also doing a talk on Collecting Vintage Knitwear with my friend Kate Davies, I am feeling much more confident about this after going to meet a tour group on Saturday night to show them some of my collection. Its funny how easy it is to speak about the things you love! I cant believe Wool Week starts in just a few days, I started working at Jamieson & Smith at the second Wool Week and its been amazing to watch it grow bigger and bigger every year. I’m sure you can understand I will be a bit busy over the next week or so but I will be back as soon as I can to fill you in on my view of Wool Week as a Shetlander! (I will be blogging over at Jamieson & Smith throughout the week)
Til then, happy knitting! xxxx