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It’s hard to believe, but it is that time of year again when the Rowan Magazine pops through your letter box, if you are a Rowan Member that is. As always, the front cover looks very inviting, but somehow I can’t get myself in the mood to think about summer projects just yet, so I have only had a wee quick peek inside.

Two designs jump right at me as the sort of thing I would want to make…

Rowan Buoy

… buoy by Lisa Richardson, a crochet design using Wool Cotton 4ply…

Rowan Consurla

…and Consuela by Grace Melville, knitted using Cotton Glace and Summerspun. Both styles immediately appealed to me, as they are simple and stylish classic shapes that can be worn for many seasons to come.

The magazine is packed with the usual ample amount of designs, as well as interesting feature stories, one being all about the Irish crochet lace renaissance, which looks most fascinating. I must make time to read it all in detail.

The highlight find this week, whilst browsing in one of the charity shops in town, was this gem of a book…

Gentle Art

…I had been after a copy for a while, but hadn’t managed to find one before (well, there was one for sale for over £200 at a well known on-line retailer!!). As a huge fan of Jane Brocket, I own most of her books and read her blog regularly. Her style of writing is informative with a good sense of humour, and visually everything is pure delight, so you can imagine how pleased I was to find this book for a couple of pounds…Yippee!!!

Crochet

This is a fabulously charming book, full of all life’s good things…family, knitting, cooking, crochet, chicken and plants, all presented in Jane’s inimitable style. There is even a section on socks…

Twinkletoes

If you ever see a copy of this book, I urge you to purchase, you won’t regret!

Last, but by no means least, it was week four of the crochet mood blanket 2014, and this week was all about a sophisticated approach to work and a daring change for me. My square is purple and lilac to reflect that mood.

You can read all about it and find the pattern using the drop-down menu at the top.

Enjoy! x

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  • Christine Laennec

    What a great find. I will look out for that book. I never seem to be able to find much of interest in charity shops’ craft book sections. Crafty people must keep their books for a long time!