This year is full of excitements and wonderful changes in my life.
After five years working in two different jobs I resigned from both and started a new one on 1st of April. So the first months of this year were full of goodbyes and although I’m happy to have much more time for myself it was also sad to leave after 26 years respectively after 5 years.
Now I have to newly arrange my whole life. No more working on weekends and a short walk to the new office, I’m blessed.
Going to this major change I also did some knitting and I want you to look back to the Autumn/Winter season and Rowan Yarns Finest. This yarn is a blend of 20% cashmere, 50% Extra fine Merino wool and 30% alpaca. Although Rowan stated it an autumn/winter yarn, I think it is also suitable for chilly spring days. It is a soft yet strong yarn producing a smooth surface and it comes in 12 shades.
Sarah Hatton did some spectacular designs in this yarn which are published in the Rowan Finest brochure. This brochure contains 14 designs for cardigans, sweaters and accessories for women.
I have used this yarn for a design by John Brinegar, published in VogueKnitting Winter 2015. And I’m really pleased by the result.
Because of the smaller gauge of Rowan Finest I added some more stripes of mosaics to get the recommended length.
Here are some pictures of the different mosaics, knitted in Rowan Finest in shades Bliss 063 and Rapture 068.
Besides knitting I also visited the h+h in Cologne
and met some lovely people:
Anja (aka IamSnowfox) and Ute (aka Heute strick ich), Stephen West and Ysolde. Jenny Atkinson and Helene Kohlhofer gave an interview at the exhibition stand of Coats, talking about next designs, so stay tuned.
In the meantime Rowan has launched three new yarns for this spring/summer season and I have played a lot with them. I have already finished 5 of new designs with the new yarns and from the latest Rowan Magazine.
I have knitted designs by Lisa Richardson, Marie Wallin, Martin Storey and Carlo Volpi and I knitted a own design in Rowan Summerlite 4ply.
Here some teasers:
More about these designs and adventures soon.
Have a nice season
14 thoughts on “Looking back”
Love the mosaics (I’m currently working my way through Barbara Walker’s Mosaic Knitting book)!
My goodness, what a challenge Nicky. But I do also have my books of Barbara Walker close to my knitting place. 😉
My goodness Konrad! I see that you have been super busy! The mosaic shawl is divine…and I look forward to seeing the finished sweaters you are teasing us with here….. 🙂
Anne I was very busy in knitting, but really lacy in writing. We have had some lovely sunny days here and I enjoy working so close at my place and in my hometown, so I’m strolling around in the evening or I’m sitting in our garden enjoying the lovely weather. Hope you have a lovely springtime too.
Congratulations on your new job! Within walking distance it might give you a little more time for your knitting projects. You have created wonderful mosaics, Konrad. They really look amazing. I had “Rowan Finest” in my hands the other day. Beautiful yarn!
Thank you so much Anneli. The mosaics has been a lot of fun and I gifted the shawl to a dear friend. But I will knit something for myself for sure. The yarn is perfect.
Change is good! I’m so very happy for you Konrad. Your enthusiasm for knitting is contagious. Thank you for what you do. Jane Crockett
Congratulations on the new job, Konrad! Hope it all goes well for you. I love seeing your projects as they always show Rowan yarns at their best. H+H looks like a great show. Thanks also for your reviews of the magazines. Always good to see what’s coming up.
Thank you so much. H+H was overwhelming. I loved all and was really excited. So much colours and yarns and a great catwalk too.
Your mosaic scarf is fabulous and I’m looking forward to seeing more of your teasers. Congratulations on the new job too!
Thank you so much. I really enjoy my new job.
So nice to see you back, and read you again. Congratulations on the new job, and looking forward to seeing your projects, they all look so beautiful in your teasers.
Thank you so much, Miss Agnes. Today I wrote about the first of my spring knits. Hope you have a sunny time too.
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