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The Joy of Color: Fair Isle Knitting Your Way Paperback – September 15, 2016
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Paperback, September 15, 2016
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The latest book to come from one of our Visionaries is Janine Bajus's THE JOY OF COLOR: FAIR ISLE KNITTING YOUR WAY. Seeing, holding, or wearing one of Janine's sweaters feels like being transported into a timeless and profound story. During our Visionary Retreats we all melted into a happy trance each time Janine brought out a new sweater...I still recall the impact a reddish one made on me and how all I wanted to do was to circle Janine and feel its radiance. She is truly a "sweater whisperer," a consummate teacher, and a careful, generous author who will win your trust, engage your intelligence, and help you turn your own sweater's whispering into reality. --Cat Bordhi, knitting teacher & designer
Over many years of knitting Fair Isle garments, Janine has developed a unique and superior set of instructions which simplify the daunting task of--not only selecting, but placing the different colors. --Meg Swansen, Schoolhouse Press
[S]elf-publishing s lack of gatekeepers, focus groups, and marketing departments means that from time to time a passionate author with a singular vision succeeds in committing her ideas to the page without interference, and that s cause for celebration. This month, I m celebrating the arrival of The Joy of Color: Fair Isle Knitting Your Way by Janine Bajus. Bajus could probably have thrown in her lot with a big publisher. She has the bona fides. Her fans (to whom she is known as the Feral Knitter, thanks to her website) are many and vocal, her voice is unique, and her teaching is famously good just try getting a spot in one of her multi-day workshops. Those workshops are at the heart of The Joy of Color. It sets out with warmth, clarity, and humor Bajus's method for designing the style of color work made famous by the Shetland knitters of Fair Isle, which gave the technique its name. Fair Isle knitting has a reputation for complexity that can make even experienced knitters quake in their socks.... For those who dare the book is dedicated to every knitter who has said, I wish I could do that Bajus offers a guide to the path she blazed, often painfully, for herself. She admits in the introduction that she was neither a knitting nor a color prodigy, and throughout the book is refreshingly willing to show projects (including her first, a vest) that didn t quite come out as she d planned, or that went off the rails more than once on the way to completion. As you d expect, the structure of the book follows the logical evolution of a project. How to pick colors, how to test colors. How to pick or design motifs, how to test motifs. How to plan the garment, how to knit the garment, how to finish the garment. The broad and the fine details are here, from shaping and buttonhole spacing to the dreaded steeks, or cut openings. (Note that there are no patterns, as such only two nicely designed exercises for planning your own tam or cap as a first, small-scale foray.) This is stuff Bajus has taught to hundreds of students, and it shows. Her explanations have the clarity and depth that come from years of fielding questions from students both brilliant and . . . not. Most sections offer multiple options for getting things done, and multiple options for fixing things that go wrong. --Franklin Habit, MasonDixonKnitting.com
About the Author
Janine Bajus, also known as the Feral Knitter, has been entranced by the interplay of color and pattern in Fair Isle knitting since she was given a Fair Isle yoke sweater in 1966. She teaches workshops on Fair Isle design around the country, and her online store is a source for yarns, patterns, and color tools. She lives in Berkeley, California, where she knits, spins, sews, dyes, cooks, and--infrequently--cleans.
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This isn't a "teach me to knit Fair Isle" book, and it's not a pattern book. But if you love Fair Isle and would like to embark on your own color journey through this wonderful medium, you need this book among your knitting references.