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America’s Next Top Rowan Model

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Dear Ann,
Look what was waiting for me upon re-entry to non-summer life: Rowan’s 30th anniversary edition. I haven’t even started to take it all in, but I rejoice that there are 65 patterns. I rejoice that the pictures are as over the top, dreamy and crazy as ever, and that the models are as translucently pale and waifish as we have come to expect. I’m sad that there is no new design from Kim Hargreaves, but I’m delirious that Marion Foale is in there. I’m going to savor every page, keeping a sharp eye out for items that you need to add to your prop collection for future photo shoots.
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I think you have everything you need for this one already.
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Perfect timing: one of my last acts of summer was to lure a bunch of cousins into modeling the Pieman pullover. They were kind of dutiful about it until Paul spontaneously busted a move, and then everybody else had to vogue.
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Calvin Klein……Obsession………
I’m mailing it to Afghans for Afghans this week (promise!), secure in the knowledge that it will fit a variety of 7-14 year old body types. And also Aunt Kathy.
I Have a Dream
Like everybody I guess, I love it when I have a good dream and remember it the next day. Like that time before we met in person, when I dreamt I ran into you at Target, and your red cart was piled high with unnecessary plastic objects–that was a very reassuring dream. I awoke with the firm conviction: “Ann is all right.”
The other night I was having another one of these pleasant dreams. Starring George Clooney. In the dream, he and I were old buddies. He was working in a restaurant, tending bar. (In a revealing dream insight, the chef of the restaurant was my obstetrician, Steve–because hey, George is fine but he did not hold my hand during my times of need.) So, I’m chatting with my pal George, who says, “Kay, doll, you’ve put on some weight.” Damn! It turns out it was an anxiety dream! Like I need George Clooney telling me the All-Acronym Diet Plan (G & Ts & BLTs) of the past couple of weeks did not do me any favors? A waste of a good George Clooney dream appearance if you ask me.
Moving on.
Love,
Kay

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32 Comments

32 Comments

  1. Hey, Clooney, there ain’t nothing better than a BLT with a fresh summer T. Seriously. Except unless it comes with a coffee milkshake.

  2. Hey, Clooney, ain’t nothing like a BLT with a fresh summer T. Except unless it comes with a coffee milkshake. Whoa.

  3. G&T plus BLT has many nutrients! The lime provides Vitamin C, after all.

  4. How times have changed. Our dreams aren’t even romantic anymore. I had one last year with Brad Pitt and I was like his mother in the dream. Trying to match him up with a nice girl. What was that all about? Too funny!

  5. OMG you crack me up! I can’t believe the “3 year old” size sweater fits your son, your daughter, the cousins…
    The G&T, BLT diet supplemented by chocolate is perfectly acceptable in my book, though I prefer my G to be V.

  6. “Unnecessary plastic objects!” — Now why do I suddenly suspect you are a Nanci Griffith fan?
    Now I wish I could go to Woolworth’s.

  7. It’s like the cousin-hood of the traveling sweater over there. Maybe you should try it on. Guaranteed to fit and make you look like George Clooney. Or something like that.

  8. WHERE’S MY ROWAN?
    I had a dream last night about a giant asphalt machine in my front yard, repaving my driveway with a foot of asphalt. Please don’t analyze this for me.
    I think those models are hootyhilarious. The fierceness cannot be overstated.

  9. Sounds like something George Clooney would say, you know, all ha-ha-ha and everything. Now, Brad Pitt, aww, he’d be a gentleman in my imagination. Either one in a dream appearance or real, for that matter, has got to be a good thing. You know, just for the butterfly thrill and all.
    :)

  10. dream on that will stop on the 16th ?

  11. I come home, get myself a G&T and sit down to read MDL. OMG, I can’t stop laughing!
    Beautiful sweater!

  12. Okay, I think Rowan owes you a thank you. I hadn’t renewed my membership over disappointment with recent offerings but your post sent me to the renewal page. And, didja know that Kim Hargreves has a new boook of her own?
    http://www.kimhargreaves.co.uk/acatalog/Thrown_Together_Book.html
    I bought her Heartfelt book and it is very lovely.

  13. I mis-read it the first time, I thought you said “…before we met in prison…”.
    I thought, “Kay’s being funny, they didn’t meet in prison…” and kept reading for the punchline.
    Joke’s on me!!!

  14. Mmmmm! Acronyms!

  15. gorgeous models all, clooney or no.

  16. Kay, you crack me up. Love the models. Have another George Clooney dream tonight and hand him a BLT, ok?

  17. I’m beginning to get “it” about Rowan–for some reason it’s flown waaay past over my head these last 47(or so) knitting years…
    Hey, that “exposed underarm” shot of the sweater with its diagonal ribbing, and all—quite impressive!
    Now about dream analysis: wasn’t it Carl Jung who proposed that one could view each ‘character’ in one’s dream as an aspect of oneself? (Or some such thing) So. The time I dreamt that Al Pacino pretended to love knitting just to meet ME, really meant–WOW! This stuff’s cheaper than therapy. (think I’ll go knit a new cover for the couch, doctor; no bobbles, please…).
    LoveDiane
    Thanks guys, this is cheaper than therapy

  18. ya know the thing about summer is it ends and the fantastic T are all gone so it will be months and months till you can have that BLT again – And somehow G&T just doesn’t taste the same in the winter — so enjoy them while you can – I’ve decided that life is just too short to not grab all the wonderful things that seasons mean. SO ENJOY!! Next dream hand George a BLT and G&T and he will shut right up!

  19. Kay, aren’t those gorgeous kids a little, mmmm, warm in that sweater?
    You know, of course, that scientific studies have proven that foods with acronym names contain absolutely no calories whatsoever. Ignore George.

  20. Oh I’m sure that if George mentioned that you had put on some weight, he would have immediately followed it with “… and you look fantastic! I was worried that you were looking a little gaunt.” Yes, because the George of my dreams is perfect like that….

  21. Typical about the nonromantic dreams. I had one a few nights ago where I got hired as Brangelina’s nanny. And what made the dream great was not Brad, who never appeared, but the work schedule: Ms. Jolie said, “Just drop by whenever you feel like it.”

  22. BLTs and G&Ts? Oh MY!
    LOVE the child models. Very very cool…I’m sure they all have contracts pending, they should!
    And I’m drooling over Rowan 44, too!
    (((Hugs)))

  23. What a fun photo shoot.

  24. Paul just made my morning. Who can be grumpy in the face of hilarious moxy like that?
    Oh, and the sweater is wonderful too :)

  25. Ah, the translucently pale models. . . if I’d grown up in Ireland, the home of my foremothers, rather than California, I’d be beautifully pale too, and wouldn’t have to wear SPF 85 and see my dermatologist every six months. I LOVE the Rowan fantasy life. This issue is close to no.38 (those Gypsy wagons!) for over-the-top photostyling.
    The whole post is terrific, Kay: Rowan, dream sequence, red sweater, voguing and all.

  26. listen when your faux boyfriend comes to you in a dream as say’s you have put on weight its time to ditch him !
    I have a devastating effect on faux boyfriends – I was with Jude Law and then he started losing his hair – I moved onto Peter Sarsgaard and notice that the same thing is happening again !

  27. I thought Paul had set the bar impossibly high (exactly what is that fierce netherwear he’s sporting?), but Miss Hot Pants in the last photo is going to give him a run for it! If only there were a way to get photos of an entire Afghan village rocking the sweater in a similar mode…

  28. I love thinking that when George Clooney is Googled (you know: your vast readership)-that your dream will top of the list.

  29. Last night I dreamed I was warming up diet cokes on the stove for everyone’s dinner. They only needed about 2 minutes each. Oh, and they weren’t diet “cokes.” They were diet “horses.” I think that is an anxiety dream from the cheap diet coke knock-off I’m forced to buy nowadays because…hello! It is diet coke, not champagne!

  30. Love the kids modeling your gorgeous sweater!

  31. Is that a picture of Ann standing out front of the old Tennessee homeplace?

  32. Damn, ThatAmanda beat me to it. I love “One Fair Summer Evening.” And I use “unnecessary plastic objects” in casual conversation, too.
    I just got back from my internet-free evacuation, so I’ll start that game of Scrabulous with ye now.