Saturday, February 4, 2012

All My New Color Books

I love color.  I found myself craving color at the start of the year.  When you can't have enough daylight, a little color can help.

I went on a mini book shopping spree in January.  I had been reading reviews of the book, Knitting with Two Colors by Meg Swanson and Amy Detjen.

At the Schoolhouse Press website, the book is described as, "a two-color knitting workshop for beginner to advanced knitters."

The book is only 64 pages, and has no actual patterns, but it is full of everything technical about colorwork.  Though I have been knitting for a very long time (and have always enjoyed working with color) I came across something in the first 10 pages that I had never heard of before.  I am trying to read it cover to cover; but there is also a great index and photo list (there at lots of photos), making this a fantastic reference book.

So, a funny thing happened while I was on the Schoolhouse Press website.  I found several books on sale at very good prices.  (You know they are good prices when they are less than at Amazon.)

I bought Poems of Color by Wendy Keele.  I do not know how long it will be on sale, but here is the link.

The book covers the history of Swedish Bohus Stickning.  Quoting Schoolhouse press, "Extraordinary designers were drawn to this cottage industry established by Austrian-born, Emma Jacobsen. Upon Emma's death, the collection of mesmerizing patterns were in danger of disappearing until Wendy Keele - making numerous trips to Sweden to meet with the remaining designers and with the founder's daughter - gathered together the original charts in this lovely book."

I also bought Marianne Isager's Inca Knits.  It, also, is still available at the sale price, here, but I do not know for how long.

Marianne Isager is a designer whom I have long admired.  In this book she embraces South American art and interprets it in some fantastic knitting patterns.  I am sure that I will be making the Inca Jacket for myself.  Whenever I might have a child to knit for in the future, I would love to make the Inca Child Pullover with the dancing girls and boys border.

So, another funny thing happened when I opened my package from Schoolhouse Press.  It was only then that I realized I had actually ordered three books that were essentially colorwork books.  I laughed at that.  I do love books.  I do love knitting.  I do love color.  I was very happy.


  1. I love knitting books as well, and I should sit down and read a few of them - in fact - there are several I bought for exactly the purpose.

    I have never been very good at knitting in 2 or more colors. I know practice would make me better but I so love knitting stitch patterns that I don't find the need to be inspired by color work - guess I am the other side of your coin :-).

    But I thrive on single colors - get alot of joy in yarn that has multiple colors so color does feed my soul - but in a different way.

  2. Sounds like some interesting books! I am fighting the urge to buy some of them since I have quite a few knitting books I haven't even looked through completely! I love color and have enjoyed doing some color work. This is the second time today I have been trying to hold off ordering more books! Wish me luck!

  3. Good Luck with that Linda! I find it hard to resist ordering books every so often, especially when the price is right!