But, before we set off, we went and did a small shop, as we didn't know exactly what time we'd be back, and had a walk through Lerwick again, to buy some more yarn, postcards, stamps etc...
In town, we had lunch at Fort Charlotte, being watched by a very hungry seagull... He looked as if he wanted to just rip the cheese sandwiches out of our hands! But to no avail, we were hungry ourselves, so he only got the crumbs...
Then it was time to set off. We stopped so many times to enjoy the view, I don't know of half the places where it was, haha... A few piccies we took...
|Voe, with trees!|
|Down to single lanes...|
|...with passing places. And sheep. Lots of sheep!|
|Running away up the hill|
|And following the fence for miles to find the frigging gate... to get to the other side...|
The town of Sandness. And the skies, people. The skies!
The spinning mill of Jamieson's of Shetland uses only local wool, and they do everything in-house. It was fascinating to see the whole process, from fleece selection to the actual packages with 10 balls of yarn that are sold in the store, and completed sweaters! Pictures!
First, a look at the weavery:
|The factory has two large tweed looms|
|Garry turned one on so we could have a look (and listen... noisy buggers!)|
|The punch rolls with the weaving pattern|
|Garry in front of bags and bags of fleeces. The tubes behind him |
suck up the wool to be cleaned in the next room.
|Big baths to rinse and clean the wool.|
|One of the dye kettles. It's big!|
|The start of the carding process, after dyeing.|
|Turning it into fleece matts...|
|And rolls of pre-yarn!|
|Pre-yarn at the top, going along rolls into the spinning holes...|
|And the spun yarn on the cones! These are singles.|
|Plying the yarn onto different cones again...|
|And then turning the yarn into neatly wound balls...|
|...which are packed up and ready to go to the store!|
|When a colour runs out, the operator has to go and fetch new cones.|
|Stacks of sleaves, backs, fronts and cuffs...|
|Meticulous assembly of the fair-isle garments.|
|The knitting has to line up exactly!|
|The fabric room|
|The famous fabric. Plain, but a lovely weave!|
After stuffing our bags with odds and ends, we also had a nose through all the great colours in the store.
|The store at Jamieson's|
And the stash for today... Not a lot, but treasures nonetheless!
Tomorrow: another trip - this time to Unst!