Fair Isle Sweaters Simplified - Book

This book is written by Ann and Eugene Bourgeois, founders and owners of Philosopher's Wool Company in Canada. It can be purchased with an accompanying DVD.

I have both the book and the DVD and in spite of the blatant marketing ploy, there is a lot of good help for the beginning stranded colour knitter (me). I don' care much for their patterns but I do like their teaching on tubular knitting. I learned the stranded colour technique from the DVD and was given encouragement for cutting my knitting from the book and DVD.

I understand they sell kits for jumpers and other garments as well as sell knitting wool and finished garments. I like their philosophy of sustainable and fair business practices. I am considering purchasing some of their knitting wools. Has anyone had any experience with their products?

If you learn from seeing better than from reading (as I do) then I recommend at least the DVD.


Bill's picture

I bought the book and DVD at Stitches West...last month...and had a nice visit with them...
...but their yarns are not as soft as they would have you believe....
but I do love their colours...I saw them in person at the show...

kiwiknitter's picture

They present their knitting wool as still full of lanolin after processing. I was a bit suspicious so I'm glad to have your opinion.

My knitting is totally tubular!

Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea cozy, doesn't try it on.  ~Billy Connolly

YarnGuy716's picture

One of the ladies from our Knitting Guild bought a kit from them when we went to the Kitchener/Waterloo Knitters Fair. She was very pleased with the wool and the pattern. The finished results looked great too. She also felt they were more than generous with the amount of yarn included in the kit. She made the small size for herself and had enough left to make a sweater for her granddaughter.

kiwiknitter's picture

Update: I just had email contact with An Bourgeois about ordering a kit. I found a pattern in the book that I really like and want to do; the gauge/tension is 16 stitches/4" on 3-ply knitting wool which is impossible to find here. I queried ordering but had to decline ultimately because of the price. The exchange rate coupled with the US$70 postage (!) cost made it rather unrealistic. But, Ann is such a lovely woman, very personable and friendly. I've not given up hope yet of purchasing something from them in the future. I thought you should know how nice they are to deal with!

My knitting is totally tubular!

Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea cozy, doesn't try it on.  ~Billy Connolly

Tallguy's picture

And you all remember that you MUST wash all your knitting when finished, so if you don't like the lanolin, then you remove it. The yarn will change/improve tremendously when you do that. You can't judge by touching it in the skein. However, most people do like to keep a bit of the lanolin on the wool so it doesn't get dry, and it tends to stay cleaner longer.

But it depends on what you like, I s'pose.