By Susan Axelrod in 2019. In depth article about Pam Allen. Using nineteenth-century mills and twenty-first-century technology, Pam Allen created a world-renowned yarn company in Maine. By: Susan Axelrod, Photography: Christina Wnek
"A rugged coastline, blue green spruce, fields of wild flowers dotted with grazing sheep, sailboats crossing the bay; such images of island life are reflected in the sweaters of North Island Design. These contemporary designs leave you with the feeling of a classic sweater--one that you may pass on for generations."
This books written by Pam Allen in 2002, one of many books on knitting that she has authored up through the 80s and 90s and to this day. Her entrepreneurial life—starting as a knitter, pattern designer, book author and evolved into a large and successful yarn manufacturing company—is an example of the popularity and enduring nature of fiber in art, design and business.
From a 2021 Amazon review of this out of print book (after 30 years): “This is such a treasure. It has some wonderfully simple yet interesting designs that are easy to follow and modify…There are also interesting tidbits about the life on the island interspersed between the patterns. I am so glad someone offered this up since it is out of print.”
Questionable link and the magazine itself doesn’t seem to go back any farther than 2020 on line. Michaela works still for Downeast Magazine while Maine Women is a publication of Courier Publications LLC.