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Rowan Magazine 71

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 I LOVE, seriously, Rowan Magazine 71 - it has something for every knitter and I’m having a hard time deciding on a knit for this season….what about you? Happy Knitting! Anne x If you don’t have a local Rowan stockist, and would like to support me in the production of my youtube review videos, click on the magazine 71 cover above to enter the Rowan web site via my affiliate link and I will earn a small commission on any purchase you make. Thank you! 

ABSTRACT - 10 hand knit designs by Georgia Farrell, Featuring Rowan Felted Tweed and Kidsilk Haze

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  ABSTRACT, by Georgia Farrell January 2022 release - This is Georgia’s 4th design collection using Rowan Yarns. Inspired Knits:12 Hand Knit Designs Influenced by Architectural Details and Shapes , Quail Studio, Aug 2017 My London , Rowan Yarns, Sept 2020 Rowan Selects Chunky Cashmere , Oct 2020 And now  Abstract , Jan 2022 Georgia has her own web site …. http://georgiafarrell.co.uk/home- ABSTRACT is a collection of 10 hand knit designs by Georgia Farrell. All inspired by her love of Architecture, Georgia created this collection in Rowan’s Felted Tweed and Kidsilk Haze yarns! We are all familiar with using these yarns held together…..Georgia does that but also sometimes uses one to accent the other. This collection features diagonal stripes, colour blocking, stocking stitch, reverse stocking stitch…two stitch cables and a slip stitch detail here and there! Designing a collecting takes time, and Georgia started this collection early in 2020 while we were all “staying home” and she obvio

Happy 2022! New Outlook, Literally!

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I started this blog post before recent world events and while I am concerned and disheartened about what is going on, I prefer not to focus on those events here…..but please do understand that my heart goes out to all who are affected in any way.  Anne x It’s February of a new year! ALREADY! It seems that time just flies by when you are busy staying home during a pandemic! Life slowed down, yet time just flew by. My knitting mojo was already flailing (for various reasons) and the pandemic didn’t help in that regard at all! I did turn to reading….and started the Inspector Gamache series by Louise Penny right from book 1 and thoroughly enjoyed them (again). There is a tv adaptation of these books being made, starring Alfred Melina as Gamache….and I’m looking forward to it with fingers crossed that the production company gives it the same attention as they did “The Crown”.  WORDLE became a morning ritual! (Have you tried it? Do you love it/hate it now that the NewYork Times has bought it?

Rowan Knitting & Crochet Magazine Number 70 - Platinum Edition!

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At 2 magazines a year, that’s 35 years of gorgeous designs, styling and photos!  Magazine 70 introduces extended sizing for their designs. Rowan has added one smaller, and 3 larger sizes to their standard size range…..so now all Rowan designs will be available to fit bust measurements 28-30 thru 60-62”.  In line with the expanded size range, two models are used in Magazine 70 to show the garments on different body types. One model is a 32” and the other is 43” and in many instances, they are shown wearing the same design, the same size. The photo shoot sample is not always the smallest size in this scenario….so it gives us knitters more things to think about when we are reviewing the collection. Sizing is a tricky thing …. When hand knitting, you can’t just slip on the various sides of a garment to decide which one suits your better….so you have to use your imagination and past experience to choose the right size of a particular garment. You don’t need to go with the ease as recommende

June/July Makes!

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I’d written a June post….but hadn’t hit the publish button. I do try to be upbeat, but in June I was obviously feeling the strain and what I’d written was while truthful, not what I want to project onto my readers/video blog watchers. I scrapped it, so let’s started again……. True confession - not much knitting has been going on. I just don’t have the mental focus.  When inspiration is lacking, sometimes it’s a good idea to do a deep tidy…all the nooks and crannies…..and voila, I came across my Lisa Richardson crochet-along blanket almost but not quite finished!  Why do we stall at the late stage in a project. Do we get bored? Does something new catch our eye and tempt us away? Who knows…..this poor blanket was rolled up in a bag with some loose squares just begging to be sewn up and displayed on the back of our couch. So, after some assessment, I decided that I’d cobble the last few squares that I had, make it more rectangular in finished size, do a border and voila….it is done! You ca

May Me Makes - Palladium sweater, Sandhill Sling and Shell Top!

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I love my new Palladium Sweater - design by Martin Storey, from Rowan Magazine 68, knit in "French Mustard" one of the new Kaffe shades of Rowan Felted Tweed. I loved the deep V neck, the long relaxed length. I decided that it would be a fabulous base piece for my new curated wardrobe! It's Me Made May on Instagram (and other social medias) and being the owner of a new sewing machine, I thought, why not make a new top? The Great British Sewing Bee....have you heard of it? I follow it on Facebook and the first project of the Bee was a shell top with a technique with an intriguing technique "bag out" LOL!!! I was intrigued. With some searching on the net.....I found a free Shell Top Pattern - very similar to what was used in the first episode of TGBSB.....it does have a hi-low hem which I sort of like, but everything else is the pretty much the same same.....including the "bagging out" instructions. You can find it free to download here on the UK m

EASE - a spectacular collection of Spring/Summer designs by Lisa Richardson

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The EASE collection by Lisa Richardson has it all!!  From figure conscious to fabulous flowing!  Interesting constructions.....all one piece, side to side, casings anyone? Fine Lace to Creative Linen, with Kidsilk Haze and Denim Revive! Summer is coming and wouldn’t it be lovely to have something new to wear? Happy Knitting everyone! Anne  If you don't have a local stockist.....(affiliate link)