Vogue has a new look and deserves a new look if you are one of these knitters who found it too esoteric, filled with patterns both complicated and “vague” (an epithet for Vogue characterizing the sometimes difficult-to-follow patterns found within). This fall issue debunks any previously-held biases against the magazine. Full of wonderful articles on the Shetland Isles’ traditions and history, Fair Isle patterns for both large and small projects, and a section dedicated to patterns for men, it makes me wish I could claim Scottish roots. Alas, I’ll just have to remain a Scotophile and continue knitting fair isle.
I am so excited to have been gifted raw fleece from two Shetlands and two Romney Mix from a local couple. It is as close as I’ll get to having my own sheep, at least for the foreseeable future. I hope to bring it to Michael Hampton in Richmond, Vermont, for spinning. Although I know this will take time, it has been a goal of mine for a number of years. I can’t wait to see the skeins hanging in the shop!