Think of this as my little Rowan Denim scrapbook. From the talk on Ravelry, it seems fairly certain that Rowan is in fact discontinuing Rowan Denim. Some cling to hope, because it’s still on the Spring/Summer 2013 shade cards and there is a pattern in the Spring/Summer magazine. They’re pretty tight-lipped at Rowan, so I’ll keep watching for blue smoke from the chimney. But in case it’s really gone, here’s a mournful little retrospective. Denim & me……boo hoo hoo.
Rowan, you can stop this. Reconsider, baby. Think of all the good times we’ve had.
Love at first sight. Can’t remember which I saw first, the Rowan Denim book, or the yarn itself. But I pretty much memorized that book, and knit from it a lot.
My very vocal love of denim, i.e., blabbing about it here, brought me Belinda Boaden. Belinda once worked for Artwork. Artwork was Jane and Patrick Gottelier. They designed and had British knitters knit up gansey-inspired denim pullovers that were simply amazing. We think we know why Rowan named this pattern Patrick. (Cheeky!)
Remember Little Badger? I knit a ton of denim projects for babies and littles from this charming, evergreen collection. And now I “know” (in the Twitter sense of “know”) Ros Badger, who went on to write other books on knitting and other handmade pursuits. I made:
The Museum Sweater, for a baby boy. Was it Elio? Will research our archives. I think it was Elio.
This soccer/football sweater. In denim. For Joseph, who handed it down to Ann HB’s Ben, who handed it down to a cousin. So at last sighting, this sweater was running around St. Louis.
Then came Denim People. Rowan has always had a good eye for models.
Can you hear the people sing?
Singing the song of handsome-yet-vulnerable men.
It is the music of famous actors who will not model dotty sweaters again!
(For those without 16 year old daughters, here’s a YouTube to enlighten you about what Eddie Redmayne has been up to since his days as a Denim Person.)
I knit lots from Denim People:
An XXL/XXTall version of this jean jacket for Hubby. Knitting it took me all the way to China and back in 2002.
And a bleach pen-enhanced version of Creeper.
By far my favorite book of patterns for denim is Jane & Patrick Gottelier’s Indigo Knits. It’s simply the bestest of the best. They get denim. They speak fluent Cornish gansey. It’s a gift.
I knit only two sweaters for Peter. They were both denim. He wore the cardigan (jean jacket) under his suit jacket to work during blizzards. Even though it’s cotton. Maybe that was his way of hinting for a wool sweater. Anyway, it worked great with the suit and tie and the LLBean duck boots from before I was born. The man could commit to a look.
I’m not even counting the blankets I’ve knit in denim. Too many to remember. It’s the best damn yarn for blankets there is. Period. You want a blanket to show some age. You want it to get softer with age. You want denim.
And now, what am I doing with my precious–my pwecioussssss–hoard of old Rowan Denim shade 225 Nashville?
I’m casting on my Whitby. What was I waiting for? Time’s a-wasting. Denim’s a-fading.