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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)

Rowan Magazine 69 Launch!

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Want to have a look at Rowan Magazine with a little detail before you buy? Waiting for your subscriber copy to arrive and want a sneak peak? My Ambassador copy arrived early enough for me to sit down, have a good look at the designs, and record  this overview video - which will Premier on launch day - Monday, March 15! Here’s the link .....  Rowan Magazine 69 Rowan Magazine has set up a dedicated web site to handle Rowan Magazine Subscriptions! I found that I had to set a new password....but I got there in the end....and I’ve resubscribed starting with Magazine 70! Click on the image to go to the new magazine web site! I’ve got some other reviews scheduled....and then I’ll have to decide on what design(s) need to go in my queue....and then what ones actually end up on my needles! Happy Knitting, Anne x PS: Let me know what your favourites are from Magazine 69! Lackie is just so excited about the new season launch....can you tell?

I took a 2 week vacation....

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FROM KNITTING! February is a short month and it was made shorter by a two week “vacation” from knitting!  While “on vacation” I dusted off my sewing machine....and made a Pepin Bag by Noodle-Head Designs. I also: Finished a languishing knit (warning: you might need sunglasses),  Cast on my next project in my quest to learn knit intarsia (that really should read, Learn to Love to Knit Intarsia) LOL Started a new project and am introducing a new “regular” (we shall see) feature on my youtube channel.... The Swatch Sleuth! You can watch my new vBlog here......   Happy Knitting, Anne x If you don’t have a local yarn store....why not visit..... I am a lovecrafts affiliate, so I receive a commission for any purchase made through this link :) 

2021 - My Year of Colourful Intention

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With a new year, and new hope in the form of vaccines on the horizon.....2021 looks like yet more opportunity for reflective knitting, so this year I’ve decided to consciously focus on Colourful Knitting! In the past I’ve done a lot of stranded knitting....and yes, I love a good stranded knit. But for 2021, with a feeling of inspiration in oh so many ways....I’ve decided to finally get a grip on... INTARSIA Intarsia is making a comeback....and this time I refuse to be left behind!!! Who else to design intarsia that entices....but Kaffe Fassett. Kaffe and his colourful knitting has been in the forefront throughout the history of the Rowan Yarns Magazines. These last few years Rowan has produced brochures dedicated to the designs of Kaffe Fassett and Kaffe himself has added to the range of shades in the Felted Tweed range! For Autumn/Winter 2020/21 there is a new Kaffe collection....a mixture of garments, accessories and homeware. Lisa Richardson has added a couple of fabulous sweaters t