Arans, Guernseys & Fair Isles

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  1. A Shetlander's Fair Isle Graph Book in Colour
    $40.00

    From the Shetland Guild of Spinners, Knitters, Weavers, and Dyers. Through this unique book, knitters are presented with a wealth of hand-drawn color-pattern charts, both Fair Isle and Norwegian. The archival pages (from the 1930s and 1940s) are reproduced from two journals which were used by Shetland knitters who worked for Anderson & Co. The charts are a product of their time; I was fascinated to find, rather than little colored dots in each grid-square, occasional areas of a single color sketched in as one block in crayon. Both the charts and the employment of color are "...classic, authentic Shetland Fair Isle patterns and colourways." Looking at the charts, I imagine I am seeing the motifs directly through the Fair Isle knitter's eye. Lovely! Softcover. Learn More
  2. Fair Isle Designs from Shetland Knitters
    $41.95

    This new treasure from the Shetland guild of spinners, knitters, weavers, and dyers is winging its way to us now. Fifteen guild members have each contributed an original design for a wide assortment of knitted items - both large and small: a gift bag, tank-top, iPad cover, cardigan, phone cover, gloves, hat, waistcoat, mittens (several patterns), wrist warmers, yoke jumper, brimmed hat, hat & mitten set, and a triangular shawl. Along with general information, you have abbreviations, plus Shetland dialect knitting words and phrases. Learn More
  3. Knitsonik, Colourwork Playbook & Companion

    From $11.00

    Fans of Felicity Ford’s first book (Knitsonik, Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook) will be pleased to see her two new titles: Stranded Colourwork Playbook and Playbook Colouring Companion. Many books encourage knitters to take inspiration from a photo or a painting, choosing all the colors included and then swatching to see which shades to keep, which to eliminate, along with understanding how to combine the chosen ones.

    The Stranded Colourwork Playbook picks up where Felicity Ford's first book left off as you begin to see your surroundings through the author's eyes. If you have a daily routine, begin to look anew at the mundane items you see every day, and imagine them as pattern sources. For instance, there is a 12-page chapter which hones in on the varied colors and arrangements of bricks in houses in the author's neighbourhood. Bricks to Knit, with - literally - dozens of motif combinations and color possibilities. Projects may be small (Polka Dots & Dolls, or Buntings), or full semi-circular color-patterned shawls.There are plenty of charts with possible color-combinations offered.

    But that isn't all. Voilá, The author has also created a companion book that is much more than a coloring book. Playbook Colouring Companion allows you to find your own sources of inspiration. Here you will find many of the motifs from the Colourwork book, repeated numerous times, so you can experiment, through pencil coloring, with a variety of color possibilities.

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  4. The Vintage Shetland Project - Preorder
    $79.95

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    Our initial order of books has sold out and the wait time for the new printing is currently estimated at 8-10 weeks; however, if you email Tami at info@schoolhousepress.com, she will put your name on a list to contact when we have stock, and we will honor the pre-order price. If you ordered previously, you will receive the book in June. The long wait for this book is well worth it. Eight years ago Susan Crawford undertook a prodigious research venture, and began a study of some of the knitted Shetland artifacts - from 1920 to 1950 - in the Museum archives. The first half of the book describes in detail her journey and fascinating discoveries. With painstaking accuracy, the second half provides instructions for the 27 garments she chose to study. This monumental work is, indeed, a gift to the knitting community. From the back cover blurb: "The Vintage Shetland Project, is the culmination of eight years of hard work and personal determination. Inspired by the patterns and colours of Shetland knitting, the fashion historian, author, designer and publisher Susan Crawford began a journey into the rich heritage of Shetland knitwear, and in particular the pieces held in the Shetland Museum archive. With the help of Dr Carol Christiansen, the museum’s curator, Susan undertook the task of carefully selecting the most stunning and original designs from the 1920s to the 1950s, transcribed them stitch by stitch, and has here recreated them for the modern knitter, in stunning detail and a range of sizes for women and men. In combination with the collection of 27 comprehensive patterns for garments and accessories are carefully researched essays exploring the stories behind each piece and honouring their creators – some famous, some forgotten. Photographed by Susan on the island of Vaila, situated off the west coast of Shetland, this book also celebrates the untameable beauty of Shetland itself. Compiled with Susan’s trademark attention to detail, this book is a fabulous treasury of Shetland knitting design and a valuable insight into its textile traditions. It offers you the chance to delve into a fascinating era for knitwear design and to bring it to life in stitch-perfect vintage style." Learn More
  5. Fair Isle Knitting Patterns
    $30.00

    Fair Isle Knitting Patterns, Reproducing the known work of Robert Williamson Another ‘must have’ book for knitters who cannot ever have enough options for Fair Isle and color-pattern knitting. The author has collected a wealth of charts for knitting Fair Isle garments - which include a full alphabet (in elegant script) and a section for knitting Tartans (for which you may have to carry more than 5 stitches, and possibly carry three colors at once). Spiral-bound. Autographed by author. Learn More
  6. Shetland

    Shetland

    Marie Wallin
    $36.95

    Marie Wallin’s beautiful collection, Shetland, gives us 12 new designs: pullovers, cardigans, caps and scarves - dramatically photographed in the Shetland islands. The garments all call for ‘our’ Shetland Spindrift wool. Learn More

  7. Inspired by Islay

    Inspired by Islay

    Kate Davies
    $39.00

    Inspired by Islay is Kate Davies’ newest knitting book of 12 assorted designs for scarves, stockings, a blanket, cap, and a number of sweaters for men and women. To this is added a series of wonderful photographs, plus 4 essays on wildlife, history, and handcrafts of this lovely Hebridean island. Softcover. Learn More
  8. Norah Gaughan's Knitted Cable Sourcebook
    $29.95

    A Breakthrough Guide to Knitting with Cables and Designing Your Own. I have admired Norah Gaughan's designs for decades, and think of her as the Queen of Cables. This book presents 150 of them - each with a photo, chart, and verbal instructions - as well as 15 of the author's imaginative designs for pullovers and hats, plus a cardigan, skirt, afghan, poncho, vest, scarf, and wrap. Most of the cables are original to the wondrous author. Hardcover. 275pp. Learn More
  9. The Joy of Color

    The Joy of Color

    Janine Bajus
    $40.00

    This amazing new book, The Joy of Color: Fair Isle Knitting Your Way, from Fair Isle master, Janine Bajus, is a remarkable resource for color knitting. The author has developed a unique set of instructions which simplify the task of selecting and placing different colors for knitters to design their own Fair Isle garments. There is extensive information on everything from color selection to shaping technique to swatching, charting, centering, and finishing details. Included are 13 beautiful and inspiring examples of original Fair Isles created by Janine’s students, who show that the craft is accessible to anyone. In fact, the book artfully guides the knitter with tasks, tips, case studies, student stories, and heartfelt practical and philosophical encouragement. With an introduction by Meg Swansen. Softcover. 156 pages.

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  10. Knitting With Two Colors

    Knitting With Two Colors

    Meg Swansen and Amy Detjen
    $24.95

    An extremely thorough and comprehensive reference book. A guide for those new to 2-color knitting, as well as an excellent source of advanced techniques for experienced knitters, including methods developed by Elizabeth Zimmermann, Meg Swansen, Amy Detjen, Joyce Williams, Janine Bajus, and Cully Swansen. An essential companion for the multitude of color patterns and color charts available in our knitting world. You will find extensive instructions for custom sizing and centering patterns, as well as step by step directions to help you design and knit multiple styles of 2-color garments. Detailed photos and examples throughout. Softcover. Learn More

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