March 19, 2011

Alice Starmore's Fair Isle book

I bought a reprinted copy of Alice Starmore's Book of Fair Isle Knitting last weekend.

It wasn't a purchase I absolutely need or plan to use imminently.  My reasoning went like this, "I am here in this bookstore that is going out of business and discounting its inventory and since I can't take them all home with me, I will pick this one weighty book that I have been eyeing online for a while now."

I haven't knit colourwork or a sweater yet, and the book should give me a good basis to go on when I try.  I have read to page 175, almost to the end, though I skipped the full sweater patterns.  Much of the book is general information aimed at letting you improvise your own combinations of colour and pattern.

Two things.  One, it's hilarious to hold a new book that thinks Estonia is in the U.S.S.R.  That there is a U.S.S.R.  (As I said, it's a reprint.)  Two, I like peeries.  Peeries in Fair Isle knitting are the smallest patterns that are worked only over a few rows.  From a Scottish word meaning small.  Very similar to peedie, I guess, which I've heard is used in Orkney to mean small, as in Giddy Limit comic strip #289.

You might also like #280 because it's about a handknit gansey and a peedie boy writing his aunt a thank you note.

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