Tuesday, 26 January 2010
Amazon.com link: Travellers' Yarns
Name of Book Traveller's Yarns
Author: Sue Bradley
Any other info: 1988, Sidgwick and Jackson, 0283995262
Types of patterns: Garments & accessories
Number of Patterns: Waistcoat (1), Hat (9); Tie (1); Jumper (12); Gloves (3); Cardigan (8); Shirt (1); Coat (3); Bag (2); top (1); Bracelet (2); Headband (2); Skirt (2); dress (1); Earrings (1); slipover (1)
Split of patterns: Womens
Size Range: 81-91cm (32-36in)/97-102cm (38-40") are the commonest two sizes available
Colour/Black & White; colour pictures, some illustrations, colour charts
Schematics: Yes, at the back of the book
Target Audience: Intermediate, you need to know your colourwork for this one.
How to knit guide: no
Comments: Oh man, two sizes of boxy oversized pattern busy garments, this is quite the explosion in a paint factory experience. I could imagine using particular motifs from the patterns in an otherwise plain garment but these are just too much.
It does have some merit. There are interesting sketches and inspiration pieces, artwork and swatches before each chapter but the mishmash of cultural motifs and ideas just make me shake my head and wonder why.
Buy/Borrow: Oh if you don't believe people who shudder at the thought of some 80's pattern books, this is a must borrow. Wonder and weep.
Where found: Dublin City Public Libraries has a copy.