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.
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!
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.