I’ve been very excited by Ella Gordon’s blog post about japanese fair isle pattern books, as well as the new wool harvest shown at Jamieson and Smith’s blog. Their main site is a great place to buy wool: the parcels arrive with a Lerwick postcode and feel very exotic! Some more great mittens– with porcelain this time – I found through Google images: these link through to the huge ravelry online community. I find this quite hard to navigate, you need a way in – for example, the tomten child’s jacket. Click through and be astonished!
As usual, I’ve found, and lost, many great links online. Rummaging through my Bookmark history I managed to find the fantastic site of Annemor Sundbø – she has 122 mittens and 78 socks online. Fantastic!
I’m trying out other online yarn stores, after my best first love of Shetland wool. Alice Starmore, who wrote a key text on fair isle, has wonderful speckled Harris Tweed-style wools, and I have wasted many hours looking at Colour Mart‘s fantastic cashmerino and baby yak (tip: use search, I enter ‘shetland 4-ply’ for example).