Marianne Isager: Bringing the World to You in Stitches

I've been lucky enough to live in several countries (Israel, Australia, the U.S., and now, Canada), and in several U.S. states (California, Hawaii, and Colorado). Early on, my mother took me and my sisters to the local museums and cultural heritage spots, to help us learn about our new home and its history. I found myself entranced by Australian Aboriginal paintings of the Dreamtime and by native Hawaiian applique quilts; by liturgical tapestries and embroideries in Jerusalem, and by Amish quilts I saw in San Francisco. I took photos or made sketches; sometimes I just sat and stared at a particularly wonderful piece, trying to burn its beauty into my memory, so I could keep it with me always.

It never occurred to me to incorporate those memories into my knitting–but then, I am not Marianne Isager.

If you have not met Marianne or seen her work, you are in for a treat with today's Designer Spotlight video. She's quite charming, and when she talks about her extensive travels, she conveys such a quiet enthusiasm that you immediately want to book a plane ticket. Marianne's special gift is to take the imagery and cultural motifs of the places she visits and translate them into some of the most gorgeous sweaters you have ever seen. If you have not looked at her book Knitting Out of Africa, then we have a little treat for you today: a video of Marianne talking about some of the sweaters from that book, and showing us photos of the artwork and scenery that inspired each one.


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Love hearing your favorite designers talk about their work? One of the most popular features on Knitting Daily TV is the Designer Spotlight, where the hosts interview creative folks like Cookie A., Norah Gaughan, Wenlen Chia ("Twinkle"), Teva Durham, Vivian Høxbro, and more! The designers showcase their newest designs, demonstrate techniques, and talk about what inspires their work. Don't miss a single episode of Knitting Daily TV Series 200purchase the entire second season in our online store (and pick up a copy of the Series 100 DVDs as well, if you want the whole set!). 


Sandi Wiseheart is the editor of Knitting Daily.

What's on Sandi's needles? I'm suddenly on a finishing kick. I realized I had a few pairs of socks sitting around that were ABT–"All But Toe"–so those are now done and on my husband's feet where they belong! 

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