Hurrah – I’ve finally finished Stainsby from the Rowan Alpaca Colour Collection. I started knitting this jumper at Easter, then put it aside to take part in the Rowan Mystery Afghan Knit-a-Long over the summer and after a big break, finished it off ready to wear this autumn. It was worth the wait – I’m seriously smitten with this yarn! Its so soft to the touch, and comes in a gorgeous palette of colours, with beautifully subtle colour changes which really give this yarn its special quality and character. I can honestly say that it was a joy to knit with and is a joy to wear. I did make a few modifications to the pattern. I lengthened the body, and when the jumper was ready to assemble, I decided to pick up the stitches and knit the neckline in the round. I’ve also chosen to leave welts, cuffs and neckband as they are rather than fold to the fold line as you’ll see in Rowan’s picture below. I also used Garnet 139 for the cuffs and neckline rather than Topaz 143. I decided to stick with Graphite 142 for the body as I love the colour and it fits in well with my wardrobe. However, now I’ve finished this knit, I’m really tempted to be a little more adventurous and check out some of the other colours too. Check out the full colour range here. Am seriously drooling over these….
Rowan has updated its Alpaca Colour range this autumn/winter 2014 with 4 new shades: Jade 136, Jewel 144 (a gorgeous red which is quite Christmassy!), Marble 145 and Precious 147.
The Alpaca Colour Collection features 17 designs by Rowan designer Lisa Richardson. Rowan describes this collection as a “story of textured knits – cables, lace, bobbles and openwork stiches in a variety of easy to wear modern shapes, including fitted jackets and tunics, wrap-around cover-ups and slouchy sweaters“. The art work is worth checking out in this brochure aside from the gorgeous designs….
My friend and Rowan Ambassador Linda has also knitted Stainsby but in a different colour scheme – she is my “Stainsby twin” – we both discovered we were wearing our jumpers on the same day this week! Do pop over to Linda’s blog Knitted Pink to check out Linda’s version - she also has some fabulous other projects to share: http://knittedpink.wordpress.com
So onto my next project…what will it be? Well, I’ve started playing with some of Rowan’s scrummy new Fazed Tweed…. What are your plans for this season? Has anyone started making things for Christmas yet?