A Good Read

Kate Davies has a book – Colours of ShetlandIt is currently available from her website or from Jamieson and Smith.

Colours of Shetland arrived in the mail on Tuesday.  I have been perusing the pages of the book, off and on, since.  I have always wanted to visit the Shetland Islands.  I love the history of the knitting there, both the colourwork and the lacework.

Very high on my list!  Love the colours and the Hap style shawls!

Very high on my list! Love the colours and the Hap style shawls!

Colours of Shetland – the photography is stunning, the writing is informative and entertaining.  There are articles about the Stevenson Lighthouse, Puffins, Ursula Venables, Northmavine and Old Scatness.  I hadn’t realised how important the puffin was to Shetland before!

Just a note on the photography.  When taking pictures of knitting the details need to be clear, sometimes the photo allows the knitter to better understand the directions.  These are good pictures.  But these are also stunning pictures of the Islands and their scenery, clear with fabulous light and shadow details.  I enjoyed the photography as much as everything else in the book!

Great use of colour - a classic (in my mind at least)

Great use of colour – a classic (in my mind at least)

Oh, and the patterns, after all it is a pattern book, the patterns look great.  The photo’s are clear and you can see the details.  There are ten patterns in total, tam, mittens, gauntlets, mantle, shawl and sweaters.  The sweaters range from a Puffin pullover to the Northmavine hoodie.  There is something for everyone.  Each article in the book has two patterns attached and there is a section for Special Techniques and a Wheelhouse Button Tutorial – I want to try out the button, it looks very good.  The Puffin Mantle, Northmavine Hap and the Scatness Tunic are my favorites.

This book is an introduction to Shetland; its history and its flora and fauna.  It is a book about inspiration and how it leads to creation.  Colour of Shetland is about the patterns and where they come from.  It is also very much about Kate Davies herself.  I enjoyed the reading and will be revisiting the book to read again, when I want to travel but cannot leave!  I may never get to knitting any of the patterns, it is one of the problems of being a designer, there are always too many designs pouring from our brains to our needles.

If you love colourwork, in particular the stranded colourwork, fair-isle, of the Shetland Islands; if you want to travel there, this is the book to read.

Happy Knitting


About letissierdesigns

March 2017 - My new site is now up and functioning. I can blog, share my thoughts and photographs, and sell my patterns! So much happening in my life and all is creative and forward moving! Thanks for taking the time to stop by. Sept 2015 - I haven't updated this in a while! Still knitting, always knitting, I still teach and work at Mad About Ewe Fine Yarns. I also have designed for Vogue Knitting, Koigu Magazine, Zealana, Jimmie Beans, and Malabrigo, As of the beginning of 2015 I also became creative director of the Buffalo Wool Co., a new job that just flows along with what I already do. I am a knitting teacher and knitwear designer. I work full time in my LYS, Mad About Ewe Fine Yarns. I recently was 1st runner up in a Vogue Knitting Design Competition called the Magic of Mohair. My design was featured in the Early Fall 2011 Vogue Knitting. I will have another design in the Vogue Knitting Winter 2011 edition. I have recently purchased a Canon Rebel Camera and have started taking way too many pictures. I love this site for sharing my thoughts and pictures. Life is good!
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3 Responses to A Good Read

  1. Barbara fletcher says:

    Continuing our writing from yesterday, I am very comfortable with 4 ply. Please put me on the appropriate e mailing list. Barbara

  2. Ria Gibson says:

    The book is fabulous! I couldn’t wait to order it. It took less than a week to arrive from Scotland. I have started the hap and would also like to do the hoody. Hopefully you will have some colours in the store. Do you follow her blog? She is a amazing lady.
    Lovely review, Lynette.

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