Scandinavian & European
$37.95This Journal is a gift to help assuage the disappointment caused by cancellation of Shetland Wool Week and all other trips and tours planned to the Shetland Islands. The author, Misa Hay, was the original editor for issues of the Shetland Wool Week Annual, and has assembled this compilation of knitting patterns, walks, recipes, stories, and inspiration. A perfect gift for knitters and North Sea island lovers to have a comforting wallow in all things Shetland. This first volume is a limited edition, so do not tarry. 164pp, paperback. Learn More
$39.95Norwegian Knitting Designs 90 Years Later, A New Look at the Classic collection of Scandinavian Motifs and Patterns, Wenche Roald and Annichen Sibbern Bohn. We imported this dear little book directly from Oslo for many years until it went out of print. Now knitter Wenche Roald has designed a plethora of garments (over 30 altogether), all utilizing motifs directly from the original book. AND as an added bonus, a reproduction of the original book is in a pocket on the inside back cover! The photo shows the new reproduction on the L, and an original edition from 1958 on the R. A beautiful oversized, hardcover, 279 page book. Learn More
From Marie Wallin: "MEADOW is a collection of seven beautiful Fair Isle and textured stitch designs inspired by the romantic and peaceful landscapes of Britain's spring meadows. The designs in the MEADOW collection are largely inspired by traditional Fair Isle patterns and ornamental design. Many of the shapes are more contemporary in look and styling with some of them being easy to change to a different colour, if so desired." Designs use Jamieson's Shetland Spindrift wool. 2019. Softcover. $36.95Learn More
$39.95This extraordinary book is now in English, thanks to Carol Rhoades. You will be staggered by variety of charts offered. Historically there is one motif for the cuff, another for the thumb gusset, then a thumb designs, a palm pattern, plus the main motif for the back of the hand. And for that narrow 3 to 5 stitch vertical divider between palm and back, there are no fewer than 60 different charts from which to choose. Hardcover, 296 pp. Published in English, 2019. Learn More
Over 30 Traditional Motifs and 25 projects from the North Atlantic, Svanhild Strom and Marjun Biskopsto (mother/daughter knitters). The subtitle describes the contents, and you will be captivated by the wonderful sweaters and stunning photography of the unique landscapes of the Faroe Islands. In English. Hardcover.Learn More
In the Footsteps of Sheep: Tales of a Journey Through Scotland, Walking, Spinning, and Knitting Socks captivated us from the first glance at its striking photographs and the author's beguiling prose. In the Footsteps of Sheep details the completion of a mission the author, Debbie Zawinski, a Welsh-born Scot, set for herself: to travel and camp throughout Scotland, find cast off tufts of wool from 10 Scottish sheep breeds, then spin the wool on her spinning stick while walking (or waiting for ferries), and finally design and knit one pair of socks to represent each breed...all the while writing about her adventures and taking plenty of photographs. Debbie has written beautifully about her journey; the hills, shorelines, and bogs explored; the sheep and people she met along the way; weather both foul and fair, and a particularly exciting chapter about the intriguing St Kilda archipelago and its feral Soay and Boreray sheep.
The eleven sock patterns, one at the end of each chapter, are a bonus and, for those of us unable to gather and spin our own fleece (!), all were test-knitted with commercial wools. Ten of the patterns represent the different sheep breeds from which Debbie gathered her fleece, and the eleventh combines fleece from all ten breeds into one sock. The designs are knitted from top to toe with different motifs, among them color-patterns, cables, spirals, stripes, Kilt Hose with top-turnovers, and a pair of baby booties. 192 pages, Softcover. (Note to International Customers: I Knit London is a U.K. source and Gemini Fibres is a Canadian source. You may find lower shipping costs by purchasing through suppliers closer to you.)
From In the Footsteps of Sheep: "Here there are no barbed wire fences, no roads, no gates with stiff spring catches; this is a land of heather, moorland grasses and sphagnum moss. The sheep and I can walk anywhere, uninterrupted. The upper moorlands of a hill top world like this are wastelands for some, fit only for wind turbines, but I feel free in a way I can experience nowhere else."
From Felicity Ford, author of Knitsonik: "In the Footsteps of Sheep arrived this morning and you should know that I actually cried for joy just now when I looked through it. What a thoroughly gorgeous and glorious tome, full of sheep and landscapes and knitting with a deeply embedded sense of place. I shall savour every page."
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$24.9530 Sweaters, Hats, Socks & Mittens Inspired by the Telemark Region This beautiful part of of the country is famous for skiing, and also has given rise to a great deal of the lovely Norwegian color-pattern designs so familiar to knitters. Irene Haugland's 30 patterns spring from 8 major themes which the author plays upon to design her lovely garments for men, woman and children. For instance, Lunde is a design for a woman's peplum sweater, which becomes a girl's dress, plus a boy's and a man's henley-neck pullover, as well as a bobble-topped hat. The author's designs are a combination of classic and contemporary, and the alluring and imaginative charts may also inspire you come up with even more of your own variations. Hardcover. Learn More
Viveka Overland's book is a true revival that provides us with more detailed information than we have ever had in previous publications. It allows us to follow more clearly the journey of this extraordinary movement which gave us the "...creative joy and beauty..." of Bohus knitting. Overland captures the historical information of the Swedish Bohus movement through first hand accounts (letters, articles, and interviews) and leaves us speechless with photographs of 43 Bohus designs Solveig Gustafsson has carefully recreated from the originals, with precise instructions for fourteen of them. There are multiple sizes for each garment, plus detailed charts, and even matching gauntlet gloves for two of the designs. Purists may order kits directly from Sweden.
Not only will knitters find Bohus designs to knit that they are familiar with and love, but several of the fourteen patterns have been heretofore unknown to us ardent (and even obsessive) American Bohus-followers. Most of the designs are by Anna-Lisa Mannheimer Lunn and Kerstin Olsson, plus Emma Jacobson, Karin Ivarsson, and Annika Malmström-Bladini; they are all meticulously adapted by Solveig Gustafsson. 11.5 x 9", softcover, in English and Swedish, 150pp, alluring photographs and beautifully produced.Learn More
We welcome the return of this wonderful book of texture-patterned sweaters, hats, vests and jackets; 14 of them altogether. Beautiful and unusual motifs with detailed charts, plus drawings and photos of the source of inspiration. A nice companion to the author's latest book, Viking Knits. Softcover.Learn More