One of the many wonders of the the foreigner series were the beautiful costumes, including a lot of craftsmanship. Among these were some amazing knit items, and they spurred a whole army of cuffs, a set of capes, and enough hoods to outfit the necks of herds of giraffes. the foreigner fans are nothing but creative, and imitating the incredible knits has occupied the time of many – from beginners to experienced knitters.
So finally, maybe a bit late but not unwanted, is the most recent book in the the foreigner universe – Outlander Knit, edited by Kate Atherley. This beautifully photographed book contains 20 projects inspired by the series, from cuffs and capes to blankets, socks and even a men’s vest. “The artisans who watched the series responded with such enthusiasm for knits (and some devious crochet pieces) that many created their own interpretations of the pieces they saw onscreen. Well this book is our love letter to the fans. We’re here with you, knitting in front of the TV, wishing we were in the Highlands instead, ”says the book’s introduction. The book will be released next Tuesday, October 27, and is available at many national outlets. See the end of this article for a special offer and a book up for grabs!
I am not a knitter. I appreciate anything handmade, and of course everything the foreigner-linked, so it was both confusing and fun to navigate. The projects are all gorgeous – my favorite is the River Run Shawl, which incorporates knitted lace on the bottom. But the introduction to the book says, “There is something here for every skill level and interest in knitting. If you’re a beginner knitter – or just looking for a relaxing knit to work on while catching up on missed episodes – you can easily tackle the Sassenach Capelet Cowl or the simplified version of Rent Shawl; and if you’re up for a bit of adventure, try Ms. Fitz’s headlines.
Since I don’t knit, I turned to my close friend Koko Pipkin, who considers herself an intermediate knitter, for project evaluation. She took on this task in a big way, offering to complete an element of the book and give her opinion on how to follow the instructions provided. In fact, since my first grandchild will be arriving any day, she creates the ‘Mo Chridhe Baby Blanket’ (which also has instructions to fit into a throw), and I’ll send it to my baby. son and my daughter-in-law. law, who live in New Zealand, as a gift from him. See the video below (and the left image immediately below) – we talk about the process, her thoughts on the models included in the book, and she offers her notes on what she changed for this project. .
If you’re a knitter, the appeal of this book is obvious – the 20 detailed patterns offer plenty of challenges, and you might be able to make a few in time for holiday gifts. If you are not a needle consumer, there are always reasons to choose this. A handful of pages discuss things even we’ll enjoy – about the fandom: “Lots of knitters and fans have spent time squinting at screenshots to work out every fine detail of the classic Fair Isle vest of the years. 1940 from Frank. One page celebrates Terry Dresbach’s enormous contribution to the series: “For each character, she meticulously researched the eras in which they resided and ensured that their clothing choices reflected both their inner and outer lives. Dresbach created mood boards and did extensive research into the materials of the era… Together with his team,… Dresbach made their trademark to ensure that the realities of the era are still reflected in the clothing presented in each frame.
The book delves into a discussion of the historical accuracy of the costumes. “Historians know that there was indeed knitting in the 18th century, but it is highly unlikely that the pieces on screen are faithful to the time. The truth is, it’s hard to be sure what is genuine and what is not. There is very little data on the type of knitwear that ordinary people wore during this time, for the simple reason that very few pieces have survived.
Did you like the aforementioned Fair Isle vest that Frank wore? The book provides a page on this style and its history; and discusses the importance of wool and why it was used. And my favorite talk was about dyeing wool, “and this scene in To rent. “Traditional chanting helps pass the time and keep the rhythm going, as the process often takes time. There was a rich tradition that these types of songs – some slow and serious, others fast and light – were adapted and modified on the fly … “
The photos throughout the book, both of the projects and the show, are large and beautiful. For an experienced knitter, these patterns would provide quite a basis for adaptation, I guess, both in detail and color. One project in particular, the ‘Paris Connections’ cuff, is reminiscent of Claire’s mustard yellow dress but with a distinct modern twist, and would look gorgeous in any bright color. (And if anyone wants to make them for me, peacock blue or hot pink, please.)
Here’s my 20-minute chat with Koko, as she shows the progress of the baby blanket and we discuss other issues related to the book. (We had some technical issues at first, so please ignore the first minute or so.)
Koko has prepared some notes on the baby blanket project and some general notes on other projects in the book – you can see them all here.
Special purchase opportunity
A limited number of copies of the book are available through Outlandish Vancouver, and include a bonus – a bookplate signed by Diana Gabaldon at our specific request. Diana had nothing specific to do with this book, except, of course, anything Outlander-related would not be possible without her (use the ex-libris in this book or any Outlander book you prefer). Go to this site to buy.
Email Koko Pipkin at [email protected] if you are outside the US and want to purchase, but the shipping price is US $ 29 for international priority.
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