This is the ideal gift or treat for an experimental knitter, comprising the Mamba Designer Palette, the book Charts for Colour Knitting and an optional Virtual Yarns Gift Voucher which can be sent digitally at a future date and time of your choice.
The Lewis moorland has been my greatest and most consistent artistic inspiration throughout my whole career. From 2006 to 2008 I spent time creating artworks for an exhibition based on it. I adopted Mamba as an acronym for the moor because the moor can be described as Miles and Miles of Beauty Astounding. Mamba has the sound of a dance – the rhythm of life itself. I return to my Mamba works regularly and use them as influences for patterns and colours in designs. Working with the images and my Hebridean yarn is a perfect combination and so I think that many knitters will find the images a useful and inspirational source from which to create color schemes .
The Mamba book contains images of all the works I produced for the exhibition, along with explanatory text and some written remembrances of my childhood out on the moor. I have put together a designer palette of twelve Hebridean 2 Ply colours which can be used in a multitude combinations to create ever more patterns and colours inspired by Mamba.
Mamba is a full-colour paperback book (21cm X15cm). The Mamba Colour palette contains 1 25g skein of Alice Starmore Hebridean 2 Ply in each of Kelpie, Storm Petrel, Lapwing, Tormentil, Sundew, Mountain Hare, Corncrake, Driftwood, Pebble Beach, Erica, Clover and Wild Orchid.
The Charts for Colour Knitting book is the perfect companion to a yarn palette and a remarkable compilation of charted designs for colour knitting, featuring a choice selection of my source material, arranged into four parts:
• Traditional patterns from Europe, Russia, and South America
• Adaptations from textiles and other art, including Japanese porcelain and Celtic metalwork
• My own geometric and nature-inspired originals
• Practical instructions that explain how to incorporate these motifs into unique designs
Suitable for beginning as well as advanced colour knitters, these charted designs can also be adapted to other crafts including weaving and embroidery. This expanded version explains how to incorporate colour into your work and features colour photographs of knitted swatches created expressly for this Dover edition.