Today I am adding to discoveries by talking about magazines out for knitters at the moment .We have the standard 3 best rating Uk knitting magazines and then we had Yarn Forward introduced to us by Kalmedia . Most knitters then can add to this stash of magazinbes by buying the Rowan magazine and importing Vogue or Interweave .So with all these we should have it all covered or do we??

Well we got excited when we learnt a new magazine was coming a promise of 15 or more  patterns every month complicated and challenging .First issue arrived and there was a buzz until it was studied in detail and to be honest the only thing that appealed to me was a kit from Cucumberpatch which actually was an advert . Still I awaited issue 2 as did everyone well sorry but I want more than repeat patterns,  that is not fair to the knitter,we have the Rowan books etc there were only a handful of new patterns in the issue . Issue 1 taught us the Turkish cast on and even I as adesigner have superceded this with the Helsinki cast on demonstrated in Lets  Knit,Erica Knights top was nice but not madly different, I missed the deadline for complicated cable patterns and yet the cushion covers the reader got had mistakes in, I want a magazine not focused on Rowan or the Rowan team, I buy the Rowan mag for that and they are collectors pieces as are Vogue and Interweave , so come on Future publishing  there are plenty of stylists and designers to do theme boards away from the Rowan studio, let us have yet another differing eye –if the same team is used the look will eventually become the same .

I like the Jean Moss piece apart form the neck tie which to me looks as if there was no blue yarn left to work into the colour palette and sadly it stands out away form the rest of the top –a nice touch would be for the designers to put what knitting software they have used to create the patterns and charts and then find a universal one for the magazine so that all the charts do look the same .Nice to see the advert for Rowan workshops but what about all the other workshops happening around the globe that could have deserved a mention.

We have avisit to this country by a cruise ship full of American knitters who will cruise from America being taught enroute by Barry from Trendsetter Yarn ,I was hoping that having a brand new magazine with challenging patterns in that  would really excite our visitors  but maybe only because they have not been buying the Roawn mag etc for the last 30 years .Knitting is still  so much treated as a craft not an art form  here and we so need a mag for the knitters.Knitter has along  way to go, and the faltering first steps that were excused in issue 1 cannot be excused in issue 2 .

On a totally differing point I wonder how many people remember the beautiful books and designs from Knitter extraordinaire Alice Starmore .Well I sent for a kit from the isle of Lewes and Alice’s hand dyed beautiful yarn and pattern for a shawl .My delight when it arrived in a brand new box (not one having seen better days ) my name and address clear on label not scrawled illegible on the box and inside it was a pure joy my yarn wrapped in tissue and the pattern I want to frame to put on my studio wall .

Alice we all have a lot to still learn from you ,the joy of receiving my yarn has lasted all day and I know the joys in store as I wind my skeins watching the evoloving colour scheme  unfold in front of my eyes as I try to imagine what it will look like knitted up.This shawl is my present to Chrissie for working hard, it is my spring knitting, knit simply for the total pleasure in the whole event and I cannot wait to start my journey  so thank you Alice  for the pattern, for stunning photograpy, for beautiful quality yarn, in a wondrous colourway but most of all thank you for your care.  

Trendsetter Yarns

oh wow!!!!what a feast was set before me, i now sit in my counting house counting out my money, never mind the bread this week, say farewell to any honey i have to find a way to buy say au revoir to all my money.

seriously to all non americans reading this as surely all natives must know of trendsetter existence log on hold tight and prepared for a yarn thrill. go on go on go on enjoy

Talk to you all real soon, tomorrow is a yarn sorting day -whew that is hard WORK and some work to do on the pear trees now the blossom has fallen.The afternoon must find me penning notes to two children( young people) at opposite ends of this country and both too far away from me.Did i see a message there.

received a text from a friend last night it read ‘Chrissie ill phone tomorrow’. oh I fretted and worried send back a message about chicken soup etc etc.So along comes today the phone goes and i hurriedly ask’how are you oh poor you’ hey i am ok was the reply.but you text me to say you were ill . No Chrissie just forgot to put the apostrophe in ,message should have read I’ll phone tomorrow’. wow what a load of sympathy went west there–and I am in credit now.

Tried to persuade the long suffering oppo non yarn addict otherwise known as Nigel to let me have a dog! just a little one– got nowhere not even an inch was he moving on the firm no. I ‘ll keep drip feeding  got to work sometime .

On that note goodnight yarnies wherever you are keep on clicking.

I will only add things here when I feel they are too good not to share. Todays discovery:

Talk to you all real soon, tomorrow is a yarn sorting day -whew that is hard WORK and some work to do on the pear trees now the blossom has fallen.The afternoon must find me penning notes to two children( young people) at opposite ends of this country and both too far away from me.Did i see a message there. received a text from a friend last night it read ‘Chrissie ill phone tomorrow’. oh I fretted and worried send back a message about chicken soup etc etc.So along comes today the phone goes and i hurriedly ask’how are you oh poor you’ hey i am ok was the reply.but you text me to say you were ill . No Chrissie just forgot to put the apostrophe in ,message should have read I’ll phone tomorrow’. wow what a load of sympathy went west there–and I am in credit now. Tried to persuade the long suffering oppo non yarn addict otherwise known as Nigel to let me have a dog! just a little one– got nowhere not even an inch was he moving on the firm no. I ‘ll keep drip feeding  got to work sometime . On that note goodnight yarnies wherever you are keep on clicking.

seems a long time since I wrote this and I have discovered so many more yarns in my quest to find as many ‘yarngasmic’ yarns that I can .

Sundara silks ‘oh my’ when these arrived I just sat looking at them all day and the yarn i am still knitting with on my bedside table is just so blackcurranty it is fab

Posh yarns from Wales and the excitement of waiting for the buy box to appear just gets to me but I still find myself there  yummy colours .

Knitwitchesyarns from Wales too and the gorgeous Eirwen well these yarns defy description they are like knitting with double cream it is so yarngasmic and her colours well fab look at th is monthsLets Knit magazine where I feature with a cashmere shawl from Knitwitches yarn.

there has also been Filatura superior keep watching all the mags for this appearing also used it in my next book due out this Autumn.

The felt slipper kit is finally making an appearance and I HAVE TRIED EVERY FELTING YARN OUT THERE TO GET THE BEST ONE FOR THESE KITS so no surprise that it is Louet Riverstone and it  looks amazing –keep watching for links to where to get these kits .

Natural dyes and silks are another treat  for the soul and Theo’s handyed handspun  is so beautiful

Now a different topic to yarn I am talking needles – I have had just about every sort of needle over the years but now have a favourite  for my lace knitting  and also a favourite for sock knitting which is the brittany dpns .My husband treated me and purchased some antique aluminimum needles in the most amazing colours and I often wonder who first owned them and what did she knit? where did she live ? who was she ? hmm

Any more discoveries this month well yes the talented knitter that my daughter is fast becoming a  beautiful knitter ,lovely even stitches and lovely tension check ,and great designs look for her new work In Lets Knit

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