Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Could It Be? Fall?!?


We got a bit of a respite from the twins names Heat & Humidity heat last week. While it was lovely to be without them, Summer has come back for one last round (hopefully, one last round because really I can't take any more of this sweltering punishment!). However, Fall is in full force in the knitting world and what better way to realize it than to receive the new Rowan Fall magazine!

It arrived in the shop on Friday with a few boxes accompanying it of some new Nashua yarns. The rest of the yarn was still being packed and should arrive this week, if not later today! The three stories in Rowan's 48th issue are Nomad, designs with over-sized cables in loose-fitting shapes for men & women. Cables are everywhere as the focus of the garment while the construction is simple.  

To the right, Rambler; bottom left, Wayfarer; bottom right, Drifter.

Russian Doll focuses on colorwork and lots of it. This storyline is inspired by the folkloric designs of historic matryoshka nesting dolls and showcases a collection of floral & fair isle garments. Most of them have a look that makes you think appropriately of the very thing the colletion is named for, with the garments having shapes that cocoon the body. Think wraps, shawls, & layering tunics & vests when browsing through these pieces from your favorite designers including Kaffe Fassett & Marie Wallin.

To the left: Nonna
Bottom, left to right: Tamara Scarf & Gloves, Polina, and Lidiya/Lidiya Scarf   

Last but not least is Timeless, a story that shows that classic silhouettes have no age. You'll notice the emphasis on shoudler & sleeve details & vintage colors. No matter the age or the shape, these simple pullovers & cardigans are projects that will last long after you've weaved in the last end. Most of these designs are knit using Cashsoft 4 Ply and Kid Silk Haze, employing the less is more approach to the weight of yarn, ensuring that whatever the body shape, the fabric will flatter!


Top: Wanda
Middle: Agatha x 2
Bottom: Tara 

Well, hopefully that was enough to whet your appetite. Stop in and check out a copy near the front display and take a peek at the yarns featured inside along with the new Vogue Knitting Fall magazine!

Sunday, August 01, 2010

Mountain Meadow Wool

Rosie's has been carrying yarns from Mountain Meadow Wool for a little while now, so we were excited to see that Interweave Knits highlighted it in the Fall 2010 issue's Yarn Spotlight.

This yarn is a particular favorite of staff members, here. The texture and natural hues are lovely, not to mention the ability for you to trace the yarn back to the farm it started from. The squish. The softness. The grays. The natural white. Everything about it makes us scream with glee!

We are currently carrying the Bulky weight, in natural white, the Worsted weight, in natural white, the Sport weight in three shades of gray as well as natural white, a Single ply in natural white, and a natural light brown/beige alpaca-merino blend. Stop on in and check out this lovely yarn in person. Many of us are scheming as to what projects to make with the Mountain Meadow.

What would you knit with Mountain Meadow?

[ photo credit: Andrea Mules ]