Born & Bred was launched at Betty's Café in Harrogate last Saturday, during the Knitting & Stitching Show. The designs in it were inspired by places in Yorkshire, and use yarn from Yorkshire sheep breeds. Ann has published it herself in partnership with Baa Ram Ewe and it is full of really gorgeous designs. The photographs are gorgeous, too.
Betty's was the appropriate place for the launch - it is a Yorkshire institution, and one of the designs is a tea-cosy named after it. Not one I'm going to knit - I have no need for a tea-cosy as I don't drink tea. But if I wanted a tea-cosy, this would be the one to choose. (That's a Ripon Morris man in the background, btw.)
I had a preview of most of the designs in the book, because I see Ann regularly at Knit Night (Tuesday evenings in the George Hotel). I decided quite a while ago which one I'm going to knit first - a pair of fingerless mitts called Baht 'At. There is a hat to go with it, called (as no one from Yorkshire will be surprised to know) Ilkley Moor. For anyone else: there is a famous Yorkshire song which begins "On Ilkley Moor Baht 'At". Baht 'At means "Without a Hat" and the song describes the dreadful things that might happen to anyone who ventures onto Ilkley Moor hatless.
|Baht 'At mitts|