In Scotland, it's definitely shawl season.
Perhaps it's living in Shetland. Perhaps it's to do with the Indian part of my heritage. But I do love the versatility of wraps and shawls.
Jeanette in our Byre wrap.
Wraps also give a wonderful 'canvas' for the designer. Another reason that I am so fond of them!
I consider these deceptively simple pieces of knitwear to be as contemporary as they are traditional. Maybe you are not sure how you might a one?
Let me give you some ideas...
Katie in the Rani wrap.
All wrapped up
The most traditional way to wear your wrap is shawl-style, arranged around your shoulders. Just like Katie, above.
However, that's only one of the ways we like to wear ours.
Jeanette in our Ebb-stanes wrap.
A wrap is a coat
Simply draped, showing off every inch of the design.
Felix and Jeanette in Ebb-stanes.
My wraps have interesting shapes, detail and pattern features. And there are layers of narrative within each of the designs.
Each Ebb-stanes wrap has an individually 'drawn', meandering line – an evocation of a boundary drawn on a map.
The Byre wrap has its roots in an artwork by Karlyn Sutherland.
Felix in the Byre wrap.
A wrap is a scarf
Very quickly, your wrap can be go from being a coat or cape-like garment to a gigantic and luxurious scarf.
The wraps shown here are all knitted in extra-fine merino.
I have chosen this particular yarn for its superior handle and drape, and its exceptional softness – and for the expertise and care with which it is made.
Each of our wraps is knitted by skilled craftspeople here in Shetland and then hand-finished in house at the Nielanell studio in Hoswick.
A wrap is a shawl
We find ourselves wearing wraps a lot, as an everyday knit, all wrapped around our shoulders. Classic Scottish knitwear, but so very contemporary.
As well as everyday wear, shawls can also be a marvellous statement piece for more formal or special occasions.
There is something about wearing a wrap in the shawl style that makes me feel protected.
Our wraps vary in shape and size; the textile design can influence the final shape of the wrap.
The wraps and shawls shown here – Byre, Rani and Ebb-stanes – are three of our most popular designs.
If there's anything you'd like to ask about our wraps – maybe you're buying a present and would like some advice – we'd be delighted to hear from you. Contact details here.
And if you are interested in textile history and etymology, you might like to know more about the words wrap, hap and shawl – and how there are there are variations and concurrences between Scotland and other countries. Read more here.