The books include the Rowan Magazine 53, Rowan Studio 30, Mini Collection for Kidsilk Haze Stripe and the Summer Textures book. Also included were sample skeins of Softknit Cotton, Kidsilk Glamour and All Seasons Chunky. In the next few weeks I'll review these products but wanted to limit today's posts to just a few. All of these yarns and books are available now.
My first review is for Studio 30, a collection of knits designed by Sarah Hatton for the littles in your life. I am a big fan of Rowan's Studio books. They most often concentrate on a single yarn or two and are always very fashion current. You know I love knitting teensy things and this issue immediately triggered my desire to knit something warm and snuggly in mini size. My first knit from this book will be the Louisa cape, see below. For this I'll use the recommended Baby Merino Silk DK in Snowdrop, a superwash merino wool and silk blend. The knitted sample square in my local yarn shop showed the yarn to be extremely soft with a hint of sheen from the silk, and with very even stitches that is so characteristic of fine merino wool. I think it will be a winner. I like this cape for a toddler as it looks very easy to wear and won't hamper their movements. The rest of the patterns are equally adorable and there's a dear little dress that may be next. Very happy to have this book in my library. Thank you Rowan!
The Rowan Magazine Spring/Summer Issue 53 was a welcome gift, I didn't have it yet! I had been eyeing a few things in it, and in my Rowan Love Pinterest Board you can see a few that have my attention. First on the needles will be Praline by Lisa Richardson with Summerspun. This yarn has been out for a year and I don't think I've ever looked at it. When I saw it in the shade book I had to find it. My LYS carries it! Who knew? I loved the knitted sample square, very soft with an interesting and beautiful texture. Summerspun is comprised of two threads, one cotton and one wool, twisted together, and when knitted, creates a melange of color. The colors are soft and gorgeous, with a few brights too. My color choice is Covent Garden, a mix of soft yellow gold, steel gray/blue and orange, perfect for summer and white jeans. I immediately cast on a few stitches with my Addi lace US6 and fell in love immediately. It's very easy to knit and makes an even fabric with loads of texture.
Speaking of textures, the next book, Summer Textures, is a book I already own. I don't need two and would love to give this new one away. It has 16 designs for women by Lisa Richardson and Sarah Hatton showcasing Savannah, All Seasons Cotton and Summer Tweed, lovely Rowan yarns widely available in gorgeous colors. I bought it to make Sioux and Hoopa. Please leave a comment and you will be in the running! I'll announce the winner on Friday evening. Please make sure I know how to contact you if you win so this lovely book can find a new home!
Thank you all for stopping by. I have some posts in draft form that need a bit of tweaking, including yarn reviews of the new spring choices, a garden post and some FO (finished object) posts.
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Edited 3/4/13...Giveaway is closed, we have a winner, Lori, and have sent her an email. Congratulations and thanks to all who entered!