I was sent this link that is a fabulous story about the making of khadi. Watch the spinners spin and the weavers weave. No wonder Ghandi thought khadi was a way to freedom for India. It really is about spinning for peace.
"The Art of Fair Isle Knitting: History, Technique, Color and Patterns" by Ann Feitelson, 1996, has quickly become an essential part of my knitting library. Included is the history of Shetland/Fair Isle knitting up until the present day. The chapter on FI techniques is great and she makes a great case for using the long needles with the knitting belt. A variety of different ways of throwing the yarn are shown along with a fantastic page demonstrating and explaining why one colour is carried consistently over the other and how the decision which yarn to carry where makes a huge difference in how the pattern looks when completed. She gives such a good lesson on changing colours, finishing ends and of all things, increases and decreases in a FI patterning (I was surprised). The chapter on colour in FI knitting is extensive and very helpful for me who is rather colour-challenged. The garment recipes are lovely and for the first time I've found FI jumpers that I'm keen to make for myself.
I highly recommend this book for someone who is interested in stranded knitting. Be warned: it's rather addictive!
This now out-of-print book by Alice Starmore is a great reference for Fair Isle knitting. Of course, there is the mandatory chapters on the history of Shetland knitting which I enjoyed reading. There are also chapters on FI patterns with charts and colour photos as well as a chapter with traditional garment recipes. All this is good but the part I am the most appreciative of is the detailed explanation of Shetland/FI technique which includes cut tubular knitting. Coupled with this is the chapter on designing your own garments using FI patterns and technique. The section on "planning a gansey" has been of great assistance to me on multiple occasions. This section gives instructions on sizing, gussets, necklines and sleeves.
My mate, Simon (MWK member in the UK) sent a copy of this book to me and I refer to it when I'm planning a new jumper. Now that I'm beginning to do stranded knitting, I'm appreciating it even more.
I know that this book is hard to find and then very dear once found (ebay prices hover around US$150.00! But, if you can get a copy, I highly recommend it.
I've had a lot of response by email and PM's concerning my post yesterday regarding another knit-along this year. I love the suggestions and I'm personally up to knitting anything we agree on.
This time however, I think we should take all suggestions and then take a poll on the project. My only criteria is that it be a project that is interesting but is capable of all levels of knitting, is fairly inexpensive, and is either utilitarian or giftable and can be completed in less than a century.
PM me or email me at email@example.com and I will post a poll with suggested project say.......... by the end of April????
Keep in mind Mr. Justin Huston is in charge of this one! That'll teach him!
Love ya boys!