Did I say "might"? I'm sure you will be interested in these recent items that appeared on the web!
Stephannie Tallent's California Poppy Mitts from the Dreaming of Shetland ebook
First of all, another chapter of the Dreaming of Shetland ebook has been published--this chapter includes four Fair Isle stranded designs! The Dreaming of Shetland ebook project was planned as a fundraiser to support Deb Robson's studies of the Shetland breed--for $20 you get, what, something like 35 patterns. Deb wrote a blog post updating the status of these studies on her Independent Stitch blog. (My contribution will be published in the final chapter in a month or so--I'm SO impatient! I think you will love it--a large Faroese-style shawl with Celtic motifs! Here's a preview--test knit by Sharon and pressed by Shadow.)
While my mind is on lace, I wanted to announce that I have begun to carry Elemental Affects Rustic Lace Shetland yarn in my shop Feral Knitter. This beautiful 2-ply lace yarn (~660 yards/100 grams) blooms when blocked! Jeane de Coster dyes on a naturally dark base, so the colors have a beautiful depth to them. I stock 7 colors and can special order any of the others you'd like (more details in my newsletter--you can sign up at Feral Knitter).
Elemental Affects Rustic Lace and Shetland Fingering yarns are spun from the fleece of Shetland sheep raised in Montana. Deb Robson participated in the sheering last month and shared some great photos of the event. I love seeing where my yarn comes from!
I was very excited to learn that Mary Rowe, author of the out-of-print book Knitted Tams, had designed a clutch of charted tam patterns, published as a booklet by Schoolhouse Press! Knitting Tams: Charted Fair Isle Designs includes 15 tam patterns written for Jamieson's Shetland Spindrift yarn, and 2 for a worsted weight yarn. None of the tams uses more than 6 colors--they would make wonderful first-Fair Isle projects! But of course, the magic of Fair Isle knitting is that even just a few colors look magically complex.
What is authentic Fair Isle knitting anyway? This question pops up frequently. If you have pondered this issue, you might enjoy reading this Knit British blog entry.
If you are less concerned about tradition and more interested in personal expression, you might want to check out Felicity Ford's KNITSONIC Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook Kickstarter campaign. I don't know Felicity--I learned about this project from Deb Robson (that Deb! You might as well just make sure to read her blog regularly....)--but this sounds right up my alley and you can bet I've added my support to this campaign. Only 4 days to go!
Thinking of books, The Old Handknitters of the Dales by Marie Hartley and Joan Ingleby has been reprinted, with a new introduction and re-created pattern by Penelope Hemingway--available as a paperback and/or pdf download. Yay!
I'm sure I'm forgetting something..... Please let me know if you find other interesting tidbits!