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Happy Valentine’s Day!
The Votes Are In!
It was a close race, but as I write this, Henry VIII wins the vote for “What Should Wendy Knit Next?” St. Mortiz made a valiant comeback with 101 votes, but Henry got 110. Frogner received 60, Marina 39, and Roscalie was in last place at 38. Thanks for voting!
Warning: Opinions Ahead
Here’s another book I got in the mail recently:
Isn’t this wild? Fair isle in Japanese! The author is Margaret Stuart and a little bird told me I could order it from a Japanese website, jamall.com. (It helps if you have the ISBN number when trying to find it, and it is: 4529027813.)
So this books is all in Japanese, but contains charts for a number of fair isle designs. The colors used are in Japanese, so you’re on your own there.
But that brings me to my opinion.
I think most of the color combos in this book are butt-ugly.
Well, maybe that’s a tad harsh. But so are the color combos. Harsh.
But a lot of fair isle knitting museum pieces are also butt-ugly, in my oh-so-humble opinion. Bright clashing colors.
Y’all have seen the portrait of the Prince of Wales wearing a fair isle pullover — it was painted in the 1920s perhaps? This one:
While I think this is a wonderful painting, I also think it’s an ugly sweater.
Which brings me to another strong opinion.
I think Alice Starmore is an exceptional artist when it comes to color. I’ve never seen such amazing mixes and shades. Look at my Oregon Cardigan, for gosh sakes!
There was a discussion on the Knitflame list about The Scottish Collection recently. Someone posted a message asking what the big deal was about it and why it was so sought after. A couple of responses to this were that it was nothing special and if you’ve seen one Starmore you’ve seen ‘em all.
Not my opinion! Apart from the fact that her designs in that book are all so different from each other, I think they are glorious. I think Luskentyre is incredible. I think Marina is magical.
All this is just my opinion, but after seeing the staid and uninteresting color combinations in the Stuart book, I felt it had to be said.
Don’t get me wrong — the Stuart book was a worthwhile purchase for me. The charts are great and the entertainment value of the photos of the dorky looking family modelling the sweaters is well worth the twenty-something bucks I paid for it.
A complaint against Alice is that her sweaterdesigns have boxy shapes and are uninspired. Personally, I prefer boxy sweaters. Fitted sweaters are simply too warm. I’ve learned from experience that if I’m wearing wool it should be loose.
Like I said, just my opinion. Your mileage may vary!
Contest ends this afternoon! Get your entries in before it’s too late!
Almost done with the first sock:
Have a good weekend, everyone!