These Islands: Knits from Ireland, Scotland, and Britain

Today is the launch of pre-sales for These Islands, a book I’ve been working on with Sara Breitenfeldt and Suzanne McEndoo for a whole year!

Order HERE now and your book will ship on March 30, 2015, but receive the eBook as a free gift on Ravelry on March 17, 2015. Simply enter your Ravelry ID in the “Notes or instructions” field during checkout to avail of the free ebook.

This book explores two sources for wool in Ireland which embrace the slow revolution with ethically-treated sheep, fair-trade wool, and local milling. A step away from the mass-produced acrylics and imported wool blends from other continents to focus once again on knitting with local wool. There are a variety of breeds of sheep being raised in Ireland and Great Britain, each breed with its own special characteristics. Each of these varieties of wool brings a new level of uniqueness to a knitter’s work. It is time to allow conscientious small-batch artisan producers to guide us to the very best of what these islands have to offer. If we’re so focused on having our eggs be fair-trade and local, why not our knitting wool?

These Islands includes eight never before published patterns for hats, a cowl, shawls, fingerless gloves, and boot cuffs using locally-processed wool made from the fleece of Irish, Scottish, or British sheep with names. The patterns are designed by Sara Breitenfeldt, Suzanne McEndoo, and Evin Bail O’Keeffe.

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ISBN: 978-1-910567-03-6

62 pages, A5, Paperback
7 knitting patterns and 1 weaving pattern.
77 full-colour photographs shot on location at Zwartbles Ireland in Kilkenny and in County Cork, Ireland.

Published in 2015 by Anchor and Bee of Cork City, Ireland. Printed in the UK.
Copyright © 2015 Sara Breitenfeldt, Suzanne McEndoo, and Evin Bail O’Keeffe
Photography: Sara Breitenfeldt, Suzanna Crampton, Justin Molina, Evin Bail O’Keeffe, and Victor Sullivan.

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Order your paperback copy today through Anchor and Bee and receive the Ravelry ebook for FREE. The print book will then ship on March 30, 2015!

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