Today was my last day of work until January 3, 2012 (although there are a couple of things I’ll have to deal with remotely from home next week). But that is not the fabulous to which I refer in the title. It’s this:
This is Michael Pearson’s Traditional Knitting by (not surprisingly) Michael Pearson. It was published in 1984 by Van Nostrand Reinhold (a company acquired by Wiley a while back) and is out of print. You can find copies here and there but they are generally not cheap.
But this is a fabulous book and I think the best resource I have for gansey patterns. And I have a lot. The author traveled around the U.K., visiting remote fishing villages to find patterns and visit knitters who knit them. There are approximately 75 pages on fisher ganseys chock full of charts for patterns I’ve not seen elsewhere, as well as photos of sweaters knit using the pattern stitches.
There is a very nice techniques section in the front of the book with considerable information on the structure of these types of sweaters.
There are also sections on fair isle knitting and aran knitting. The fair isle section has some nice pattern charts, but I do have them in other books as well. The aran section has a number of cable stitch patterns (written out, not charted) and there are a couple I don’t think I’ve actually seen before.
So, all in all, a gold mine!
And I’m still plugging away on the front of Cromarty — I’ve got it about half done at this point.
Miss Lucy does not wish her nap to be disturbed.