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Autumn has arrived in this part of the world, the days are getting shorter and cooler and the mornings often begin with a mist laying heavy over the valley. It’s a beautiful place to live and work, but at the moment, I’ve had little time to contemplate those lovely views.  We are hard at work knitting, finishing, writing, pattern sizing etc all day every day often through to the early hours to make the Vintage Shetland Project the best it can possibly be.
Last week, we began a series of photoshoots which are going to be taking place over the coming month.  This first shoot included some of the garments from the Project.
There were also new versions of favourite designs which are being relaunched as single patterns very soon.
Here I am in photographer mode photographing our fabulous new house model Becky wearing ‘Diamonds are Forever‘ (in a range of suitably sheepy shades) and surrounded by some of our sheep. You can see the ‘rear’ of our gorgeous new Icelandic ram as he’s being fed by Becky. And below, you can just see me going to any lengths to get just the right shot! You can also see ‘It Cannot Fail to Please‘ knitted in Excelana 4ply Damson Wine again being modelled by Becky, braving the brambles and nettles to harvest some of Monkley Ghyll’s very own Damsons.
Here I am styling the lovely Becky in the beaded yoke jumper from Vintage Shetland Project with a spectacular ‘skirt’ created using 8 metres of Vaila Organic Shetland Tweed.
I was so pleased with the photos from this shoot and can’t wait to share more of them. In fact if you come along to the Yarndale show at Skipton, North Yorkshire, this coming weekend more of the images will be on display along with some of the finished items from the book. There will also be the opportunity to pick our new promotional brochure with images and previews from the book itself. With so much to do, Gavin and I won’t be manning the stand this year, but our wonderful friends and colleagues Tracy, Tess and Jo will be there to help everyone visiting our dedicated Vintage Shetland Project stand. So if you are coming to the show make sure you call at stand 100 to get the chance to see these beautiful pieces from the book and don’t forget to pick up a preview brochure.
Due to the huge demand for Fenella during and since the pubslush campaign our stocks are extremely limited until more undyed yarn arrives in October ready to head off to the dyers. Therefore at Yarndale we are only taking orders for Fenella not selling it at the show. There will be lots of information about yarn quantities and colours for the patterns along with the chance to pre-order kits for the likes of the Rose Cardigan.
Along with your brochure you can also pick up the new Fenella shade cards featuring all 25 of our gorgeous colours, including the new colours – Sloe Gin, Alta, Melancholy, Balado, Rannoch, Verdigris, Caramel and Dolly Blue (my favourite) – more about these very soon. Kits for designs made using Jamieson & Smith yarns and our other limited edition yarns will be available to order on the website before Christmas.
As I mentioned in my last blog post we’ve been welcoming many new family members to the farm and just this week we have had a very exciting new addition – Iris. Iris came to live at Monkley Ghyll only last week and has already made a huge difference to efficiency on the farm. Here she is. Our fabulous International 784 vintage tractor. She may look a bit rough around the edges but she’s a hard worker and we love her.
When I revealed her on instagram a few days ago I was directed to the The Mike Sammes Singers who sung the jingle for a new version of the International tractor – it was for the ‘hydrostatic’ which is a much fancier version than ours, however the jingle is well worth a listen 🙂
Thank you to Felicity Ford for sending me the link to this.
Straight after the Yarndale show I’m heading off up the country to Shetland for Shetland Wool Week. I have a lot of non-wool week work to do for the book whilst I am there but will be hosting the Vintage Shetland Project Trunk Show at the Shetland Museum on Thursday 1st October from 1pm-4pm. There is no booking required and the event is free. I do hope to see some of you there.
For now,
Susan xx


  1. Mim
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    Those do look like lovely knits. For some reason I'd expected all the woollies in the Vintage Shetland Project to be Fair Isle.

    I am planning to knit my own 'It Cannot Fail To Please' once I've got a friend's tank top off the needles.

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