Information and Resources
Here you will find extra information relating to J&S and our products.
Whats the difference between Woollen and Worsted Spun?
Woollen is carded and Worsted is combed - the two spinning styles have a different finish, you may find this blog post informative
Coned Yarn FAQs
What yarns do you offer on cone?
1 and 2ply supreme lace, Shetland Heritage Dyed & Naturals, 2ply Jumper Weight and Shetland Supreme Jumper Weight (all subject to availability)
What is the difference between the cones and the balls?
Nothing, when we order a shade we get a certain amount on cone and the rest on ball. It is initially all made on cone then the balance we have ordered on balls is scoured and balled.
Why would I order a cone instead of balls?
Knitting from a cones means there are much less ends and you are able to continue knitting. This makes cones great for things like shawls, and plain garments/yoke bodies. As there are less production costs than balls it also works out cheaper.
What is the oil on the Jumper Weight cones?
It is simply a synthetic oil which makes the coning and knitting (especially on a knitting machine) much easier. It is not lanolin, it is similar to sewing machine oil.
Is there oil on your Worsted Spun cones?
As the worsted spun yarns are less 'sticky' they do not require to have as much oil as the woollen spun yarns, this means they are waxed rather than oiled. They still need to be washed once the project is finished to look their best.
Can I handknit with it or do I need to wash it before I use it? And can I use it alongside un-oiled yarn?
You do not need to wash it before using it. The yarn feels much thinner when it is oiled but it is the same yarn as the balls and will wash out to look exactly the same. The only time we would advise not to use it alongside un-oiled yarn would be for instance if you were making something in black, navy, red or another very strong colour alongside white or a very pale colour. Sometimes the strongly pigmented shades can be loosened by the oil and may bleed into lighter colours. If that is the case we would advise winding off, washing then knitting.
How do I wash it to get the oil out?
We would always advise washing and dressing anything knit in Shetland wool as this is when it will look its best. For oiled wool projects ensure to use hot, not boiling, water and any type of wool wash. Do not agitate the project and rinse and repeat until the water runs clear. Once it runs clear the oil has been removed.
I can't see the colour I want on a cone in the 2ply Jumper Weight, will you ever have it?
We do not have all colours in 2ply Jumper Weight on a cone at all times but we do have most of them. We keep our online shop updated and add shades back on as soon as they come in. If the cone is not there it is not currently available, but if you continue to check back it will be available again. If a colour continually proves to not be popular on cone we may not order it but there are very few shades like that.
Sheep Welfare Statement
Jamieson & Smith (Shetland Wool Brokers) Ltd only buys wool from farmers and crofters in the Shetland Islands. All the wool comes from live sheep. Some of this wool is from commercial sheep breeds or cross-breeds. However, we keep this separate and only the Shetland breed fleece goes into our yarns.
Shetland sheep are world-renowned as hardy sheep with good mothering skills and the ability to remain outside in all weather. In Shetland they live a largely undisturbed life on the hills. Shetland has no large predators and the pastures contain many natural and man-made features which can be used for shelter from wind and rain (such as stone walls, rocks or old peat-cuts). The fleece of Shetland sheep is particularly adapted for the Shetland climate which is their natural and ancestral home. They usually lamb unaided and have normally have only one or two lambs each, which they care for very well.
Shearing happens once a year in the summer and is crucial for the health of both the sheep and the environment. If not sheared, sheep can overheat, struggle with movement or find it difficult to get up if they lie down, due to the weight of the wool. Some Shetland sheep have retained the ability to shed or moult their old wool but this can cause issues for wildlife and the environment if large amounts of wool were allowed to build up in the pastures.
Mulesing is not practised in Shetland. Not only is illegal in the United Kingdom but it is also only practised on Merino sheep due to their specific characteristics. There are no merino sheep in Shetland and all our wool for yarn comes from Shetland breed sheep which live in Shetland.