I bought this wool and pattern book about 4 years ago, when I was in full crafty creative mode. I admit, it was a foolish impulse purchase on the basis that the woman who ran the knitting circle, I attended at the time, was wearing a lovely tank top, the pattern for which came from this book. It was a gorgeous garment probably run up over a couple of evenings but she ran a wool shop and had been a Rowan rep for many years. So when preparing for a boot fair a few weeks back, I made the decision to give the wool and pattern book away. Around the same time we were clearing bits and piece from the house, some of which we sold and others we left for people to take, helping others who might need a nearly new bed for their child or a bike they can have some fun on. Result, good karma. However the opportunity to see the individual I had in mind for the wool has not arisen and I find myself being tempted to give it another go. There is one tiny flaw in my plan it requires me to knit on circular needles, which I hate with a vengeance. My first attempt resulted in it just getting larger and larger in front of my eyes and not in a good way. Tension square I hear you cry, yes I have tried that approach but still I end up with a product that I could wrap twice round my body. I remain intent on using the wool to make the jumper I clapped eyes on four years ago, not only will it be a lovely warm one off piece but it will appeal to the use it up and spend nothing approach adopted of late, as well as getting me back into my crafty stride. I don't expect it will be seen again for quite some time or it may never turn into the gorgeous garment I crave. If I completely lose it with the circular needles, I can always knit a couple of colourful scarves by way of Christmas gifts or I may go back to plan A and gift it.
Talking of colourful, this is what happens when you leave a teenager alone with a carton of Smarties.
You have been warned!
I feel a bit the same about knitting and look in awe at the beautiful things people knit. I've only ever finished one item successfully, which was a jumper for one of my girls when she was little.ReplyDelete
Jumpers are fine as long as they don't call for the dreaded circulars but I know what you mean there are some incredibly talented people out there.Delete
That's what I do with the smarties too! :) xReplyDelete
Well I hope she has a talent for wonderful crochet like you, yet undiscovered!Delete
I can see why you liked wool. Keep the wool! if you have no luck with the top make a hat something! good luck, Heather xReplyDelete
Tee hee - you have a creative teen in the house! I love the look of that yarn, and I think you should just go ahead and knit a scarf with it, or a hat, or mittens... or even all three!ReplyDelete
I can only knit a very little and am sooo envious of people who can follow a pattern and create a garment,good luck with whatever you decide!ReplyDelete
Such beautiful colours in that wool. Plan B of a scarf should be a definite possibility if the top doesn't appear.ReplyDelete
Circular needles? The very thought scares me. Give it a go and let us know - maybe a bit of your bravery will rub off!ReplyDelete
I love Rowan. Not cheap but it feels so nice - and the colours are lovely too. Had a trip to Holmfirth a few years back and remember there being an absolutely huge fig tree (full of fruit) growing by the river in the middle of town. Nothing to do with knitting but it is where Rowan are based :)
It's such a pretty yarn, it would certainly be a pity not to knit something with it.ReplyDelete
I drooled twice reading this post - first time over that gorgeous yarn and secondly over the beautiful array of Smarties. Go on, I'm sure you could do it. It's such a beautiful pattern.ReplyDelete
The sideways knitted batwing jumper - looks like one I knitted an awful long time ago and is still one of my most-worn favourites. Many toned wool though - sometimes it's a disappointment. It doesn't knit up how I imagine it will when I buy the wool.ReplyDelete
Rowan - it's lovely - but do you have trouble with washing it? I'm overwhelmed with things which need handwashing and wool takes so long to dry.
I know exactly what you mean Esther. I love wool but it does require extra care and attention.Delete