First, the contest! I received correct answers from Alison Whitefield, Joan Rigg, Jacki Ross, Joanne Bamey and Monica Almaraz. The answers were
1 – Maine – Arizona = Maze
2 – Montana – Arkansas = Mart
3 – Delaware – Ontario = Done
4 – Nova Scotia – Alberta = Nabs
5 – Colorado – Iowa = Ciao
Now for the next question….think of a song title that contains the name of a Prime Minister and a month of the year! Answers by Midnight Wednesday April 20th.
Here is what it says in my magazine about Rowan Magazine #50. AUtumn/Winter is set to be the season of heavily layered looks contrasting with elegant shapes that celebrate the female form. Chunky, natural soft wool and alpaca blends feature alongside colour-rich wool twists plus silk and mohair blends.
These trends are reflected in the three design stories in Rowan Magazine 50. The first story, called Wildwood, includes time-worn florals and heritage, country pieces in a collection of unstructured knits. Cape coats, over-sized slouchy jumpers and cardigans are key alongside fitted layer sweaters and collapsed collar details.
In contrast, the second story, Finesse, is understated in character with leek and lean knits shaped by retro influences. Stitches are simple, yet dainty, with vintage detail, Fairisle and fine lace showcasing textures.
The third story. Winter Essentials, identifies the best shapes from the catwalk and translate them into simplified, easy-to-wear styles.
The magazine will launch on July 5th.
Louisa Harding Nerissa
Ian from Designer Yarns came today and showed me all the new Noro, Debbie Bliss and Louisa Harding yarns for winter.
Nerissa is cotton chenille with a velvety feel. It comes in rich shades – purples, teal, deep green, rich blue and so on. There will be a pattern book also called Nerissa with eight designs.
Louisa Harding Simonetta
Simonetta is a light Kid Mohair entwined with a metallic haze which knits up to a light as air fabric. I saw a knitted swatch and it is very pretty. The metallic bits are in groups along the length of the yarn – I think you can see this in the photo. There is a book too.
Louisa has a third new yarn, I do not have a sample ball but it is Grace Hand-Beaded. Essential it is Grace that has been hand threaded with beads and then spun together. There is a book called Three Graces which uses this new yarn along with Grace and Hand Dyed Grace.
There are new shades of Millais, Thistle and Willow Tweed too!
Tomorrow I will tell you about the new Debbie Bliss yarns. Now I must get on – I am way behind!