SHETLAND ISLANDS – SCOTLAND
Jamieson & Smith seems to be the unanimous choice in Shetland.
The role of this private institution, led by Derek in blue overalls
a team of knitters and a handful of handlers, is central: buying and
and a handful of handlers, is central: to buy and sell the local wool.
In a warehouse in the heights of Lerwick, the shepherds
deposit the shorns of their sheep.
Heaps weighed, estimated, sorted.
Quality and shade determine the prices.
The Real Shetland Wool is then sent to England where
is carefully washed, combed and spun before returning to the source
to the source in the form of yarns.
The yarns are sold in the Jamieson & Smith store, a full-size color chart.
Smith’s store, a true life-size color chart.
“Knitters” (following a serious system of pattern protection) and
patterns) and weavers come here to get their supplies.
Sometimes their production will come back to be sold in turn.