This week is Shetland wool week, a celebration of the sheep, textile industry and farming community from this northern Scottish island.
West Yorkshire Spinners' have released a new yarn range, The Croft, which ties in nicely with this week. It’s a pure Shetland Island wool, spun into an aran-weight, and has a lovely handle and softness.
If you're unfamiliar with the term of crofting, the Scottish Crofting Federation describe it as "a croft is a small agricultural unit, most of which are situated in the crofting counties in the north of Scotland". Crofting is integral to the landscape, cultural heritage and social economy of the Shetland Islands. It bonds people and places in a unique way, preserving livelihoods and age old traditions.
The Croft range comes in eight printed colourways, echoing the landscapes and flora of the Shetland Isles, which knits up into a tweed-effect fabric.
They have also teamed up with knitwear designer Sarah Hatton to create a book of 14 patterns for men and women showcasing The Croft range.
The garments include a modern yoked sweater, a relaxed jacket with a hood and kimono-style sleeves, a neat, fitted cabled jumper, and a textured sweater with a funnel neck, called ‘Fenella’.
The yarn is priced at £8.50 per 100g skein. For stockists, visit www.wyspinners.com or call 01535 66450.
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