Monday, August 07, 2006

I'm a follower, not a leader

I'm so weak and easily led. All it takes is Nanatoo to just mention the idea of a KAL for Glampyre's new bodice and I start jumping up and down with my hand in the air shouting "Ooh me, me, me!", when I already have enough projects lined up to last me several years. And then Dreamcatcher shows off a pretty needle roll and without even waiting to catch my breath I order one too. Clearly I'm a born sheep.

I went to JL today and so thought I'd have a fondle of the new Rowan yarns. The one I was most interested in was tapestry, as I quite fancy knitting Sorrel from the new mag. I have to say that it doesn't really look like much on the ball. It's very hard to see how the colours will work as stripes and how they will look when knitted up. I asked if they had any knitted up samples but was told no, and that they had no intention of doing this either. It also didn't feel as soft as I was expecting - it's 30% soy bean, but this hasn't really softened the feel of the wool. I'm not sure that this is a yarn I could wear next to my skin so I'm putting any plans for Sorrel on hold for now.

Romance felt very soft, but was too sparkly for this grungy badger. Little Big Wool seemed nice enough, but the pattern support book, Arabesque, was very disappointing. The best yarn by far was RYC's baby alpaca DK which was so soft and snuggly I wanted to buy one just so I could keep petting it. It's a bit pricey though, so I can't see me indulging in any of this either. Sigh.


Blogger Helen said...

Interesting post. Thanks for going to all the trouble of putting the links in :)

I really like the look of tapestry in the pictures, it comes in such nice shades.

Well, at least we probably won't have to wait too long before half of the range is discontinued and on special offer ;)

9:36 pm  
Blogger nanatoo said...

We are 'The Enablers'! Hehe. Don't fight it Badger.

I've never been to JL in my life and that's just sad. Thanks for the wool review, you're more useful than 'Knitting' mag! I like 'Tapestry' in that bag in Rowan 40 but you're right - on the ball it's a bit 'meh'.

10:17 pm  
Blogger Lothlorian said...

I am not really all that surprised I always get all over excited about new rowan stuff then price and not being exactly what I though always put me off...I am getting me one of those needle rolls though and I will blame you so there :p

10:20 pm  
Blogger Auntie Noo said...

AH well I won't bother running round trying to find a Rowan stockist then!!! LOL

Glad you've still got plenty on though, and maybe this was just fate's way of making sure the rest got done first!!!!!!

8:54 am  
Blogger Rain said...

Baaaaaaaaaaaa because I want to make the Glampyre bodice too. It is gorgeous, so it's hard to resist

Lol, I always go into John Lewis to see what stuff is like too. I'm really not a big fan of Rowan stuff.

11:21 am  
Blogger Catknit said...

That Glampyre bodice looks really good but unless the yarn is already in the stash, it will have to go on hold until I've used some up.....maybe I should just sell some to get it out of the way...
Love the Rowan review, I really liked the look of tapestry in the Rowan mag but will reserve judgement now until it has been fondled and squeezed before I buy.
Or wait until its in the spring sales...

11:48 am  
Blogger dreamcatcher said...

Thanks for the Rowan yarn reviews, no stockists round here apart from RYC so no chance to go and squeeze the yarn. I liked the look of Sorrel too but will have to see the yarn for myself, it sounds a bit disappointing. I think in general the RYC yarns are nicer as they don't try for novelty, just quality :-)

And y'all need to blame Blossom for the needle rolls, I'm just a sheep too :-)

2:13 pm  
Anonymous angie cox said...

If you don't mind 50/50 wool/acr. type in Wendy's "Fusion" ..Knit 2 Tog have it and it's cheaper than Tapestry and soft and better colours too!

4:54 pm  
Anonymous Lyonheart said...

So very jealous that you have somewhere nearby where you can fondle all the new yarns. Don't think I could have resisted just one little ball of the baby alpaca - sounds scrummy!

By the way - you're absolutely right! The mystery project is Cap'n Jack Sparrow. If you pm me through Angel Yarns your prize will wing it's way to you very soon!

6:09 pm  
Blogger acrylik said...

I have the Bodice pattern, just nothing lovely to knit it with yet - ooh, what a shame - I'll have to buy something ;)

I've not had chance to go and fondle Tapestry yet, but will next time I'm up in Newcastle. I do like the look of it in Rowan 40. Thanks for the yarn reviews!

7:53 pm  
Blogger Mick said...

I like the look of the glampyre pattern as well. Hoping to see everyone's efforts soon.

9:46 pm  
Blogger blog-blethers said...

I saw the thread for the glampyre bodice KAL too - what a gorgeous top and can well understand your eagerness to join in. I would be too scared to unleash this bosum to the unsuspecting non-knitting world!

10:11 pm  
Anonymous Silvia said...

I am glad you also like Glampyre I do as well but I am far to top heavy!! Glad you mentioned the baby Alpaca have been uhming and ahing about the Swallowtail Shal and this my be the Yarn to use!!
BTW I am a Sheep (follower) also

5:41 am  
Anonymous Fimo Goddess said...

This is like, the most popular blog, EVER. Well, moderately popular anyway.

11:07 am  
Blogger Paula said...

JL in Glasgow had what looked like Sorrel knitted up in Tapestry today along with Mystic knitted up in Romance also and I thought the stripes in Tapestry were pretty good.

12:21 am  

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