Thing One and Thing Two duly went off in the post on Monday, and have been approved by Rowan.
I will admit that I was quite stupidly nervous about this, and that it was a great relief to hear that what I'd done was entirely acceptable. And then they offered to send me something else to knit, and I said yes, despite the Apple Tree Blanket needing to be finished soon. (I will get it done!) And that's not even considering all the other things that I want to make.
So why did I say yes? - well, I've always wanted to knit for Rowan, but it has always seemed unattainable, and it is a very nice thing to be offered. Besides, it isn't going to be all year round, I'm sure.
Anyway, I said yes, and so a parcel from Rowan arrived for me yesterday. Once again - a quantity of yarn, a typed-out pattern, a sketch from the designer. Up to our studio to retrieve appropriate needles, and off I went. So now I am knitting another photography garment for Rowan, and of course I am not allowed to tell people about what I am knitting, or indeed what I am knitting with. I'm going to call it Thing A.
Not being allowed to talk about one's knitting is a slightly hampering factor when one is writing a knitting blog. But I think it is fairly well known that Rowan bring out new yarns each season. And that these new yarns are nice - I don't think I've ever met a Rowan yarn that I didn't like, with the possible exception of Romance. And I also think it is fairly well known that some Rowan patterns are very detailed. And I don't think that anyone who knows me would be surprised to hear that most of my favourite designers work for Rowan.
So on that basis, I'm just going to say that I am knitting with a new yarn and it is truly gorgeous. I would love to drop hints about the precise nature of the gorgeousness, but I mustn't. The pattern, which is from one of my favourite designers, is quite detailed and extremely beautiful.
I think it is safe to say that Thing A is also going to be extremely beautiful. However at the moment I am not very far along with it and there is a bit of time pressure involved, so I'd better get back to my knitting.