Saturday, March 18, 2006

Found a stole pattern

Whil reading blogs the other day I found what I'd been looking for for a while - a suitable pattern for my laceweight mohair yarn. It is now destined to be River from Rowan book 38. I ordered this from Get Knitted on Thursday, along with a couple of balls of RYC Cashsoft DK for further Odessas, and the package arrived this morning (along with a lolly and a pen :-).

I've never owned a Rowan pattern book before (and the RYC is my first purchase of Rowan yarn), and I've read some mixed opinions on their latest collections. I do like this book, there are a number of great accessories and some lovely garments. However some of the pieces, most notably in the first section, don't look terribly wearable to me!

I was quite amused by the section about the new "plus size" pattern book. Now, in my world, "plus size" probably means what, size 20 and above maybe? I am not impressed with this book starting at UK size 14 and calling it "plus"! For goodness sake, size 14 is I believe the average size now in Britain. I wear size 14 tops but usually buy 16s in jackets, cardigans etc. I have very square shoulders but barely a size 14 chest :-) Why on earth can't designers design for women, rather than too-thin models? Why does it take a "special" book like this for a lot of us to get decent patterns that have been thought out properly for "real" women.

After that little rant I'm off to cook a chicken and spinach curry, yum :-)



At 9:23 am, March 19, 2006, Blogger Rain said...

14 as PLUS! Madness. I often look through the Rowan books and dispair at how impractical a lot of it is. It's like the catwalk of the knitting world, yes it looks good, but could you walk down the street wearing it?

It's good that you've found a pattern you like.

At 8:50 pm, March 20, 2006, Blogger Diane said...

Jeez louise....more pressure to loose weight....where will all this madness end?Why do we all have to be stick insects?size 14 isn't plus at all i don't know where they dreamt that up!

At 5:17 pm, March 24, 2006, Blogger nanatoo said...

That's ricidoodulous! I'm only smallish myself but calling a 14 a plus? Scary.

I find Rowan 'strange' in so many ways ....

Curry ... mmmm... :)


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