July 31, 2009
I have been stalking the John Lewis haberdashery department, and finally this week they got the new Rowan - hurrah! It looked very promising on the internet, but I don't think you can get a proper idea until you see the magazine, because the images are so much bigger.
I have got all the Rowans from 28 onwards, with the exception of 44, where literally nothing appealed to me at all. However, since it was released I have seen some projects from it on Ravelry which made me reconsider, so maybe I will get it one of these days, to make the set complete if nothing else! My least favourite one is still 39 - by a MILE. The styling is horrific.
Anyway! Back to the issue in question.
There are 3 main sections (plus some bit for teenagers), the first is Folklore - lots of tweedy, fairisle goodness. To be honest although it is lovely to look at it, most of it is a bit much for me. But I do really love this vest, Portree:
It would be nice if there was a photo without the model thrown over a sofa though. Then we could see what it actually looks like! I might wait for someone on Ravelry to make one, to get a better idea!!
And these little mitts are cute - they kind of match the vest so I would like to make both!
The only thing I don't like is that like every Rowan design ever they are knit flat and seamed, which seems a bit unneccessary for mittens. I think the seam would maybe be annoying, but I bet I'm too lazy to work out how to do them in the round.
The next section is Shadowlands. Which is lots of grey and sludge coloured garments in Cocoon and Big Wool mostly.
I must remain strong and not knit anything in Big Wool! I always do it, because it's so fast and I'm such a slow knitter, but then you end up with such a bulky garment, and it makes you look huge and it won't fit under a coat!
I initially loved this crazy jumper, Cheadle:
But it really does pad out that slim model a lot. I'm not sure it would be very flattering, even if it is very cool.
Also I really like this one, Stockport:
But I also am not sure how flattering it would be. I think it might minimise my miniscule bust, and then end near my widest part, giving a big triangle effect. But I still like it anyway!
Finally, the third section is called Heritage and is all extremely ladylike.
My favourite garment here is Sissinghurst:
It would take me about 10 million hours in 4 ply, but I think it's lovely, I also might pick slightly different colours.
Finally! It is mad and I doubt I'd ever wear it, but I still absolutely love this argyle jumper, Claremont:
I'm not sure exactly what it is about it, but I really like it.
Well! Whether I'll actually make any of that remains to be seen, I still have to finish Mum's noro cardigan, and a whole heap of other neglected things! But I think it's a great magazine this time, with lots of lovely things to knit that are a bit different.
Posted by jen at July 31, 2009 09:55 AM