Rowan 34: Deep Sighs
August 11, 2003
Dear Ann– I know, I know! Mine came on Friday too. I sank down on the sofa with it, oblivious to the wails of little children, and did not look up again for a couple of hours.
I try not to get too excited about the even-numbered Rowans, because they always break my wool-sensitive heart. Sure, you can sub All Seasons Cotton and the rest for some of it, but why would you want to?? It’s the Felted Tweed that kills me the most. I really, really want the Elfin cardi in charcoal Felted Tweed with all that fluffy Kidsilk Haze ruffling around the neck and cuffs (so Not Me, and therefore so compelling). But alas it is not to be. I shall pick up my Number 5s and my charcoal FT from the Liberty Sales (thanks Polly!!), and make it for some poor undeserving soul. Because that’s the kind of person I am. Giving, caring, selfless….and addicted.
Other, perhaps unworthy, thoughts on 34: isn’t Louisa Harding’s hubby a doll?
And Kaffe!! Kaffe’s back! I’ve pretty much decided to stash the wools for Stone Argyll, as the hubby would look so great in it. Sure, it will take a year out of my knitting life (perhaps that’s optimistic)–cause you know they gave it 3 skeins for difficulty only because they don’t HAVE 4 skeins– but in the XXL the Hubster will look positively regal. (At 6 foot 7 he can display a LOT of argyles.)
I also love Kaffe’s Powder Puff sweater, and probably could wear it as I’m not allergic, so far as I know, to goats. But it IS a bit of a statement and I cannot break my vow never to tweak a Kaffe colorway.
It will take a while for it all to sink in. I too adore Rapunzel and think a silk might be substitutable for the Kid Classic. The chart is a bit, er, daunting. Editorial Note: MDK must post some realistic difficulty ratings for these supposedly 3-skein Rowan patterns. Rapunzel is a 6. (Anything over a 5 risks visual impairment and should only be attempted with written authorization from Pat Clack.) (See Pat Clack’s alarmingly expert knitting on Picturetrail.com, RowanInternational album.)
As for Reveal, well, the Rowanettes’ search for a way of spotting each other in crowds and yarn stores is now officially over. I guarantee that there will be no mistaking a Rowanette decked out in her (or his!) Reveal. Jill, Emma, Polly et al., let’s get the word out. The Official Rowanette Identification Sweater is Reveal. Those allergic to Cork can sub Summer Tweed.
As for Bet, how can you NOT follow a colorway that calls for Sludge and Blood? Break down and buy some yarn. Love, Kay