In January 2016 I visited Vogue Live Knitting in New York with the group promoting Shetland Wool Week. While we there we met Amanda and her husband who owns a sheep farm, Prado de Lana in Chester County, Philadelphia, USA. The fleece from each sheep is spun into yarn, and its name is marked on the label so it can be seen exactly where the yarn comes from.
We were very impressed with the yarn and their business ethos and the ladies from Shetland Wool Week asked if I would like to use some of their the yarn for a pattern for the annual. I contacted Amanda and chose yarn from the sheep “Addie”. I love how we know exactly where the yarn has come from, we even know that Addie "is the daughter of Fia and Augustus"!
In fact it was actually speaking to Amanda and seeing the yarn that sparked my idea of getting my own yarn spun - you could say my yarn journey began in New York! I love how I have met so many people and have been inspired by so many from all over the world through knitting.
When I was pondering over what to design, my mind went back to New York City and the zig zag patterns created by the skyline. That made me think of the traditional lozenge pattern I had seen on a jumper I bought from a charity shop, which I adapted for this design.
The yarn was lovely to knit with, Addie is a Romney and it has a silky smooth quality with a slight sheen. The scarf could be very successfully made with Shetland lace weight such as Jamieson and Smith 2 ply lace weight or Jamieson’s of Shetland Ultra instead.
It is an honour to see my name in very good company, among some of my favourite designers on such a lovely cover!
The Shetland Wool Week Annual can be pre-ordered from their website here. You can opt to either have it delivered to you or if you are coming Wool Week you can choose to pick it up from the hub.
Speaking about Shetland Wool Week, I better get on, it will soon be here!
Have a good weekend x