Look what I found at Weaving Works last week:
Fair Isle Knitting Patterns. This 90-page spiral-bound book by Mary Macgregor is a collection of some of the charts that were collected by Robert Williamson. I'd heard about this book but had not run across a copy until I was in Seattle for a memorial service for my great-aunt Esther.
I'm a bit frustrated at the lack of specificity about the contents: The book's short introduction does not mention when Mr Williamson collected these patterns (perhaps the 1930s); the author relates that she was able to study some 60 pages of the collected patterns--a few of these are reproduced in their original 2-color stencilled format--but it's also unclear whether the book includes all the patterns in those 60 pages or a selection. I would have liked to have been told why Mr Williamson collected these patterns--were they published? when? did he gather them for personal use (but then why use a stencil)? At any rate, many of these patterns are new to me and I think this is a wonderful reference for Fair Isle knitters.
Fair Isle Knitting Patterns. Mary Macgregor. 2009. ISBN 978 1904746409 The Shetland Times Ltd. $27.95 or thereabouts