Heritage News

It’s a Kep-a-Long

This is my first Fair Isle fisherman’s kep (that’s cap to us Americans). I LOVED knitting it using traditional colors from the 19th century. I belong to a Facebook group called The Fair Isle Fisherman’s Kep and got the pattern there.
The on-line group is starting a knit along with instructions every two weeks, for a total of five parts. I thought you might like to join us. We will meet on Sunday afternoons at 2 starting January 8. It’s not too late to join us.
There is no charge for the KAL, just come and have fun. Your homework now is to join the kep group and get your pattern ordered. The pattern is a fundraiser for the museum on Fair Isle and can only be purchased through the Facebook group. This is the only kep pattern supported in this KAL. You may order a paper pattern after the first of the year or a PDF now (see the pinned post on the Facebook page). Most knitter’s use US#1 and US#3 to knit the hat using any method of circular knitting (magic loop, dpns, two circulars). Please call the shop to add yourself to the KAL so we know how many to expect. Questions? Email me: joan@heritagespinning.com.
Fair Isle trivia: Did you know there are no trees on the island, it is the one of the most remote inhabited islands in the world and only 57 people currently live and work there? Learn more here.

Heritage: Your one stop shop for Shetland and Norwegian yarns!


Our selection of Norwegian yarns has expanded! We now have Tumi, a fingering weight alpaca/wool blend that is scrumptious. It will substitute in patters calling for Finullgarn or Spindrift. It is the yarn specified in the current issue of Interweave Knits for the Endless Rose Cowl (which will be a shop sample very soon).

Did you know that we carry the ENTIRE line of Jamieson’s Spindrift–you will find color cards at the link at the top of this page and you will find one to purchase in the Fair Isle knitting book section. We also have Jamieson’s Ultra Lace and their authentic Shetland cobweb yarn.

We carry Rauma Norwegian yarns for sweater and accessory knitting and for weaving, specifically: Strikkegarn, Finullgarn, Prydvevgarn, Tumi, Mitu and a bit of PT5 Sport and Pandora Cotton. Be sure to visit the pattern and book pages to view patterns straight from Norway in both traditional and modern designs.


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