I purchased this for the Harmony pattern, but there are a number of knit-worthy patterns in this issue. Only fault the reason for 4 stars is that Rowan frequently does not give charts but only row counts, so one has to guess how many inches/cm to work a section of a pattern before going to the next part.
I ordered these to add to a Budding Shawlette in Fyberspates Nef Sock Plum, and couldn't have been happier. The bead color on my MacBook monitor was the same as what I received. The beads had evenly-sized holes, easy for a beading neophyte to use. JBW sent these beads clear across the country in *three days*! I used over 200 beads and still have enough left for another project. JBW's pricing was entirely competitive with other bead sellers, and better than most. I wish JBW carried more transparent AB colors (how about 9242-Sparkle Pewter Lined Crystal?)
Yes, they are a bit on the large size, and they don't fit really large mm needles (but then, I don't knit with yarn that's heavier than dk) - but oh, are they cute! These would be a very sweet stocking stuffer for your favorite knitter.
Maybe the model is a really tall gal, and that's why the bag didn't look *quite* so large in the photo. It is really a small briefcase. It is, however, very capacious. I can fit a fingering weight shawl in progress, socks in progress, and a tiny 4 x 6 pocketbook in this beast, stuff my cell phone, keys, and a magazine or slender book in the outside pocket. Lots of zippered inside storage and three separately divided areas, so your knitting won't end up smelling like your lunch I also really like that the bag has feet, so the bottom won't get scuffed.
Gorgeous. Stunning. Soft. Not at all splitty. Not heavy, like most cottons - how does Misti do it?? A bit lighter weight than DK, I think - I'm getting 24st to 4 on US 4. I'm starting a short sleeved summer cardi with it perfect for the hot, humid, and over-airconditioned south.
This yarn is soft but not fragile, offers good stitch definition, and comes in a wide color range good for adults as well as babies. It is comfortable to work with. While some reviewers have panned it as "splitty," I have only encountered that where I have frogged yarn that has been cabled, instead of tinking it. If you like Debbie Bliss's patterns, the yarn has excellent pattern support (and you can also use Sublime's dk patterns too ;) ). Being dk, it can be worn through a variety of seasons, even in the southern US. This is a "desert island" yarn.
If you could only take ONE knitting book with you to a desert island (although I hope the island would have some cooler weather so you could wear the fruits of your labors), it should be this. (If you could take two books, then grab the Second Treasury). Ms Walker's instructions are clear, concise, and encouraging. Why do "plain st st" when you have all of these CHOICES?