Jamieson’s of Shetland, who make Spindrift yarn, buy fleeces of the native Shetland sheep from crofters on Shetland. They carry out all the processes required to produce yarn at their mill in Sandness, Shetland Isles.
Their Shetland Spindrift yarn is light and ‘sticky’ which makes it perfect for Fair Isle knitting. The fabric produced by stranded colourwork techniques, such as Fair Isle knitting, has a layer of floats on the wrong side. These floats make the knitted fabric thicker than usual for the yarn weight. So, a light yarn keeps the fabric light enough for garments and accessories. If you have tried to knit stranded colourwork designs in a smooth yarn, such as cotton, you will know that the floats can sag which distorts the stitches. The tiny fibres on ‘sticky’ wools cling to each other. This helps the floats stay in place, making the stitches more even.
Shetland Spindrift is a 2-ply yarn (it has two plies) often described as jumper weight or equivalent to 4-ply (it knits up like a 4-ply yarn).
It comes in a large colour range which includes natural undyed shades as well as dyed colours.
105 m/ 25 g.
Needle size: 3.25 mm
Knitting gauge: 32 sts and 32 rows per 10 cm.
Made in Shetland by Jamieson’s of Shetland.