Fair Isle knitting is well known all over the world, of all the places my work sends wool too, there is always a large percentage of parcels going to Japan. I first saw Japanese knitting books at work, if we have yarn in a magazine or book the publishers usually send us a copy.
the classic layouts and simple instructions really appeal to me, obviously i cant read japanese but once you learn the basics they can be easily worked out. Since i have had my eyes opened to this new world of knitting books (not that i needed any more?!) i have begun to start a small collection
what i love is that although there is a lot of Fair Isle based on very traditional Shetland knitting, the colour choices and styling are always so inspirational.
the few that i have bought i have got from http://www.yesasia.com/ they are very reasonably priced, it takes a while to come but then living in Shetland im used to pretty slow delivery.
i’ve had a busy few weeks and the next few will be getting even busier, in two weeks its Wool Week and after that i will start my gearing up for the Christmas Craft Fair. i cant believe its getting to this time of year again!