dear Rowan Yarn,
i have fallen for your charms for sometime now, however when one has spent the equivalent of a year's mortgage payment on your yarns and pattern books, i feel i am slightly justified in penning this letter.
you produce lovely pattern books to tempt me and i fall for it every time..."ok Tif" i say to myself "it can't be that hard" or "umm, the sweater with the million different colors looks tricky, the cost of the yarn is nearly $175, it will take me three years to complete, by which time i will hate the thing with a passion, but why don't i give it a go anyway".
to use a metaphor, i am possibly not the brightest light bulb in the drawer when it comes to knitting, crocheting and pattern reading, but i am quite sure that i am not the dimmest either. for arguments sake, i put myself somewhere between a '60w' and a '100w'.
so could you please tell me, is there a secret code book that i have failed to notice on the shelf next to the pattern books? the patterns are so abbreviated that they are missing vital information that the average 'light bulb' requires to knit
i fear i am not alone here, i own a very intelligent mother who knitted all through the 80's (remember the fashion for ribbon cotton knits) i put her in the '120w and above 'category. she too is "making it up" as she goes along with the 'Rowan Cowl Neck' sweater i put a request in for...
so dear Rowan in future could you possibly find it in your heart to print two versions of each pattern book,
Version #1. for the bright light bulbs ~ lots of abbreviations and no row numbers
Version #2. for the dimmer/average light bulbs ~ a book three times thicker than Version #1 containing ALL the instructions including the old fashioned way of writing 'row 1' 'row 2' 'row 3' etc
thanking you in advance for your attention to this matter.
in the meantime i shall continue to knit only patterns that call for rectangles and squares, e.g. cushion covers and leave the sweaters to my mother, who phoned me this week and announced "that's the last bloody rowan pattern i'm doing, and you will wear this sweater even if you look like a sack of potatoes in it..."
a 'Rowan yarn addict' needing therapy, Tif