What Is a Feral Knitter?In 2003 I was setting up a Fair Isle color study sub-group of the Seattle Knitters Guild. A non-knitting friend, overhearing the discussion, asked me, apprehension thick in her voice, "Janine, WHAT is a feral knitter?" The name stuck. A feral knitter is someone who loves color knitting, playing with color combinations and garment shapes, and learning about construction and fit.
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Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift
Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift is a traditional 2-ply, fingering weight, woolen spun yarn that is perfect for stranded knitting at 7-9 stitches per inch and for lace projects.
Shetland sheep, a small, hardy, gentle breed, produce a soft yarn in a wide range of natural colors. In addition, Jamieson’s of Shetland dyes the yarn in 202 colors that range from subtle tweeds to bright clear primaries.
Jamieson’s of Shetland is a family-owned business based in Shetland, a group of islands in the North Sea off of the Scottish mainland. A history of the business, which began in the 1890’s, can be found here.
Oftentimes knitters want to use patterns that were written for yarns that might not be easily available or have been discontinued. I’ve prepared a conversion chart that gives Spindrift equivalents for Jamieson & Smith (J&S) yarns that you might find helpful. Many of these are not exact equivalents, so it is important that you swatch before launching into a large project!