Tuesday 21 January 2014

Spring is here......

Well not really but Rowan's new Spring/ Summer collection is, which is as good as! 

It's been pretty manic last few days and only now I have a chance to fully absorb the new collection. I had the pleasure to preview it a good few weeks ago and I have been anticipating getting the chance to finally look through the new designs and touch all the yummy new yarns. 

The magazine #55 is packed full of great designs and articles. As always divided into three sections: clarity, legacy and essential. 

Clarity - is full of delicate and very feminine designs. Taken inspiration from contemporary lace and Irish crochet making. Followed by fantastic article about history of Irish crochet lace. 

Legacy - colourful collection with plenty of texture. Inspiration taken from old Islamic and Moorish tile art.

Essential - very playful, bursting with colour and full of stripes. I love Cove, knitted in softknit cotton and summerspun. 

 Also, fantastic article about Knitting and Crochet Guild and exclusive online only collection by Kaffe Fassett in the lush Summer Tweed, Estonia is just stunning! 

The one brochure from the new collection that stood out for me the most is Martin Storey’s truesilk collection, it's got my name allllllll over it! The whole brochure is just beautiful, the model, the photography, styling and most importantly the designs! I've already chosen 5 that will just have to be knitted; I’m starting with Angelite in lovely, rich pink colour called bliss.

Truesilk is absolutely scrummy. Made with 100% mulberry silk, it has a lovely sheen and very good drape. Quite pricey but good quality silk is never going to be cheap.

Second on my list is pure linen and this is a lovely little number. It has a very interesting gathered back.

I'm going to knit it in a smaller size then I usually would, purely because I want it to be more fitted. I love the design and shape, but more fitted tops look better on me.
Pure linen possesses lovely raw quality, gorgeous slight sheen, quite tough to touch but after washing it really takes shape.

The truth be told I really shouldn't think about new projects as I still have 2 on my needles that need to be finished, but the wonderful thing about starting new year is just that starting a new, and what better way to cheer up gloomy January than planning a brand new year of making!?

Apart from running around like mad trying to sort out new season, new workshops and project I've been also working with the lovely people from 'Simply Homemade' magazine on some very exciting stuff! I can't reveal much more then that at the moment but hopefully you will be able to see soon :)

Anna x