(Wasn’t that the name of a segment on Late Night With David Letterman?)
Charts? I got ’em! I’m still basking in the glow of my recent trade with Caroline in which I received Alice Starmore’s Charts for Colour Knitting. I still can’t believe my good fortune.
For those who wish to know, it was published in 1992 by Windfall Press, ISBN 1874167001.
I already had a book of charts for knitting. A Shetland Pattern Book, authored by Mary Smith and Maggie Twatt (unfortunate name, eh?), printed and published by The Shetland Times, ISBN 0900662522. First published in 1979. Don’t ask me where I bought it, I’ve not a clue.
This little book is chock full of traditional shetland charts, organized by the number of rows in a pattern repeat. Very handy! I used it when designing my Fearless Fair Isle. Most of the charts in this book are bands of repeating motifs. There are a few pages of all-over charts and some Norwegian-inspired charts.
So imagine my delight when I discovered that the Starmore book has virtually no overlap with A Shetland Pattern Book. It has a nice section in the fron on the design process with schematics and percentages for a couple of basic sweater shapes. Then the charts. They’re divided into different ethnicities — Norwegian, Finnish, Greek, etc., and then sections devoted to birds, shoreline, landscape, etc.
Oregon . . .
Continues. You didn’t get an update photo yesterday, so here’s one today.
Izzy looks a little jealous of Oregon in this photo, doesn’t she?
I’ve still got a ways to go before I finish the body, but hopefully by Monday. I’ll do the front bands next, before the sleeves. When knitting a cardigan, I always like to do the bands before the sleeves, especially when you pick up stitches and knit the sleeve down from the armhole. It’s a lot easier to manage if you do the bands before the sleeves, otherwise you’ve got a lot of sweater hanging off your needles!