My Mara sweater is knitted from Jamieson & Smith shetland wool, which I purchased a couple of years ago from Jamieson & Smith Shetland Wool Brokers Ltd, which is located in Lerwick, in the Shetland Isles in Scotland.
Jamieson & Smith does not have an online store, but you can phone, mail, or email them to order yarn. Check out their How to Order page for details.
This is the yarn the original design was knitted with. In the pattern, the colors are listed by name, but with the book came a conversion key to tell you how the color names correspond to the J&S color numbers.
I am curious as to why you don’t carry colours up the side – I’ve been told off in the past for not doing so. I love the colours you’ve chosen, the overall effect is gorgeous.
First of all, I can take no credit for the colors — those are courtesy of the designer, Alice Starmore who, in my opinion, does fair isle better than anyone.
As for carrying the colors up the side — it’s simply not practical. This design has fourteen different colors and the colors change every one or two rounds. It could be forty rounds before a color appears again.
And in the case of Mara, the color changes happen in the middle of the front steek, which will be cut open to make a cardigan. There’s no need to carry the colors because, ultimately, they are going to be cut.
Speaking of Mara, here’s my progress:
And I finished my Black Violet socks on Friday:
After taking this photo, I took em off and washed them in water with synthrapol. They are now drying.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I must return to Mara. Lucy is closely monitoring my progress.