Scottish Highland Knits
by Sarah Dallas
Ah Scotland. When I think of this mystical land, I think of craggy moors, heather, cliffs and hot Highland men. The last is due to a obsession with romance books in my youth which I still indulge in occasionally today. So thanks to many swashbuckling men in kilts, I was excited to see this book pop up at my library. Plus it was by Sarah Dallas, a renowned British knitwear designer regularly featured in Rowan.
The for this book was Rowans Scottish Tweed yarn - a heathery wool in muted tones. All the patterns are very simple with some special details to keep them from being totally plain and boring. Color is used sparingly and every thing seems to just be shades of grey. As you would expect there is fair isle. The 18 patterns include sweaters, socks, throws and a pair of felted slippers.
The patterns are a bit too blah for me. With the exception of this shrug (not to be done in brown), everything seems a bit too functional and plain, like I was thrown back to a few hundred years and forced to make my own clothing. That's just not what I like to do.
Reviewed by Allison Linehan
Allison's blog, Neophyte Knitter, can be found at http://gumdrop.typepad.com