It’s no secret that one of my favourite knitting designers is Kate Davies.
I first stumbled upon her blog about seven years ago and have been an avid fan ever since. My wishlist of her designs that I want to make is exceedingly long but so far -
I have a Rams and Yowes
and a Snawheid in progress
and I have completed a Peerie Flooers
and a Betty Mouat cowl
and of course I’m well over halfway through my Shepherd’s Hoody.
Her designs collection is substantial and they are all fabulous but I think Kate’s most definitive and exciting work yet has to be the wonderful collection that is Colours of Shetland.
Combining beautiful photography, an engaging text and of course gorgeous designs, this book will transport you to one of Britain’s most northern islands – a place obviously very dear to Kate’s heart and a treasure trove of all things knitterly both historical and contemporary.
My favourite designs (in no particular order) are as follows:
Northmavine Hap -
Northmavine Hoody -
Puffin Sweater -
Scatness Tam -
Scatness Tunic -
Stevenson Sweater -
and the very delightful Ursula Cardigan-
Ten patterns, each one a delight to the eye and all knitted in Jamieson and Smith Jumper Weight, known as the flagship Shetland yarn with a marvellously varied palette. There are stripes and stranded colourwork, top-down construction and steeking. There are hats and mittens, tops and cardigans with full colour charts suiting a great range of sizes.
It’s a truly beautiful book – embracing Shetland history, beautiful landscapes, wildlife, botany, geology and much more.
“So far, it’s a knitting pattern book, with charming patterns and lovely colour. It’s so much more than that. This is a knitting book in the sense that Elizabeth David’s or Claudia Roden’s works are recipe books. Colours of Shetland is a hymn to the Shetland Islands, divided thematically into five sections, each examining a different aspect of the islands. There’s history, there’s geology, there’s archaeology, there’s dialect geography, there’s botany.”
“Kate has written a book which is deeply suffused with love and respect for a culture that reaches back four thousand years, at the crossroads of Northern European trade and travel. Buy this book, and you may find yourself planning a trip.”
“Through the pages of this book, you will get a taste of the heritage that makes Shetland one of the world’s most knitterly destinations, and be inspired to knit with yarn that has a genuine connection to the landscape in which it is produced.”
As I am completely in awe of Kate’s designing ability, skill, and obvious loveliness, and because Colours of Shetland is such a fabulous book AND in celebration of Wovember, I have two copies to give away.
If you’d like to win your own copy of Colours of Shetland, leave me a comment and please make sure to include a way in which I can contact you.