Rowan 34: Deep Thoughts
August 9, 2003
In an unbelievable bit of postal efficiency, I got my Rowan 34 yesterday. Never have I felt so . . . British. What to do about the four pages of half-off discontinueds from Westminster Fibers? Serious contemplation required. That little opportunity is just about impossible for me to resist, each and every time it shows up. I still haven’t broken my new year’s resolution of No New Yarn Until Half of Stash Is Gone. But my resolve is worn to the nub.
While I ponder the ramifications of busting my resolution, I have the following thoughts about the new issue:
1. Pathetically grateful to Rowan for being the right-on, beautiful world that it is.
2. I applaud Rowan’s embracing of a modern design aesthetic. But I do want to point out that in the case of Reveal, the deconstructed cables and really short waist look strikingly similar to cable efforts of my own. And I didn’t go to no fancy textile program in Edinbugh or nothin’. Just put an average knitter to work, and that’s what you get.
3. Following in the Rowan notion of a series of sweaters based on modern work wear, just go all the way and cook up an intarsia Wal-Mart apron, or one of those highway worker reflective vests. Lurex Shimmer?
4. Ever in search of the perfect cardigan, I’m liking Bet for its quiet dottiness. A peek at ye olde shade card shows it to be in three remarkably close shades of Rowanspun 4 ply (Blood, Burgundy, and Swill–whoops, Sludge, no joke). I’m game to do it for the names alone. But I’m thinking of dipping into my precious stores of Donegal Lambswool. Can’t decide whether to go blues/grays or heathery neutral. Here’s a peek at the tip of the Donegal iceberg stash (grays on left, heathers on right):
5. Still, still do not get the long cardigan with knitted belt concept. To paraphrase Billy Joel, “She’s always a bathrobe to me.”
6. Rapunzel is just a beautiful piece of knitting. Hard to see the two shades of yarn going on, but it really is a stunner.
More to come as I ponder it all.