Thursday, October 27, 2011

Rowan Love

When I first started knitting, I was drawn to Rowan yarns and patterns. Maybe it is because they are English and I love all things English. But to me (as a new knitter and still today), Rowan is the epitome of luxury yarn and elegant patterns. Rowan is selling a lifestyle or the hope of a life style. The first time I saw the price on a Rowan Magazine, I was shocked but then I discovered that it's more than a magazine. It's beautiful photography, patterns that take your breath away and a moment inside a dream world. It's like reading Jane Austen, or the Bronte sisters, or Wordsworth.

I first bought Rowan yarn only on ebay or on sale at LYSs. It was more or less for me to look at and cherish. I needed to find the right project to knit it into - it couldn't be misused. This beret was my first "Rowan" project. I got the pattern off Ravelry and ordered the yarn from a LYS in Massachusetts. I used the exact yarn and colors that the pattern called for because I loved the overall look of the finished beret. Knitting with Rowan is a dream. Wonderful stitch definition. Soft and easy on the hands.

Now I have purchased my first Rowan Knitting Magazine. Number 41 to be exact. On ebay. I'm so excited. I can't wait for it to get here so I can begin dreaming of living on a remote farm in the English countryside and knitting beautiful things with beautiful yarn.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

What I've been up to...

Wow - it has been a whole month since my last post and so much as happened.

First this happened,

Chicago walking into the building - I work there.

Then this,

Member of Chicago warming up. All the guys were super nice.
Then there was this,

Chicago sound check.
Then a few people stopped by,

The Ragin' Cajun was appropriately dressed.
And a few more people stopped by,

Then they went out front to say a few words,

Then they came back in,

Then we all headed down the street for some fun,

And listen to some more music,

All in all it was a good day - very tiring - but good.