Thanks to Joyce (another Joyce, from Australia), I was reminded to have a look at Kate Davies blog: http://katedaviesdesigns.com/. Kate featured a book by Sarah Laurenson, Shetland Textiles 800 BC to present but it wasn't until I saw a number of the pages in Kate's blog, that I could appreciate the extensive research which went into the book. (I also enjoy reading about Kate's dog, Bruce, and all his adventures.)
As (I think) I've mentioned before, I've been going through an accumulation of knitting magazines. Once I remove any patterns and technique instructions which are of particular interest, I pass them on to a knitting friend. A magazine which I didn't appreciate enough before is: Yarnwise from Britain. I wish I'd had more back issues in my stash of magazines as I've been reading the few copies thoroughly. Another one to keep.
Oh dear! I just went to the Yarnwise site and sadly learned that they have ceased publication. The last issue was August 2013. 'Sadly, Issue 63 is the last issue of Yarnwise magazine. Tailor Made Publishing has decided to close the title because the market for knitting magazines has become too crowded.' Wonder if it would be possible to purchase any back issues.
I was fortunate last Saturday catch a TV program about Shetland. The best part was a visit with Doreen Brown, talented designer, but especially known for the Fair Isle sweaters she knit for the Shetland ponies. We will be visiting Doreen on the 10 July during our Scottish Skeins & Skerries Tour. www.joycejamestours.com. This is always a highlight for the group, as Doreen and her husband make us very welcome and we are free to wander in Doreen's studio.
Next week I'm going to attend the Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat in Tacoma, WA. http://madronafiberarts.com/ (I haven't been there for four years--I remember as the Olympics were on during my last visit.) I really like the collegial atmosphere and look forward to seeing old friends while I'm there. I plan to just sit and knit while enjoying the event.
They are still skating on the Rideau Canal. 'Winterlude' is on at present. I hope the weather stays cold enough for all the events which take place. It seems that frequently in the past, there has been a thaw and then the Canal isn't safe for skating.