A couple of iconic sweaters

Sweet Shawlettes North American blog tour is in its final week now and it's been incredible to read all your comments. Wish I had a fraction of the number of comments that many of these stellar bloggers attract, it's phenomenal to see how each blogger has their own loyal fan base and so interesting to read the friendly dialogue. I've been putting the permalinks in place as the tour moves along, to ensure it remains easy to access.  It'll be a great resource now that I'm about to embark on a new journey with my next book!

Philip's putting the final touches to the UK and Europe tour, which was scheduled to start on the UK publication date -7th March. However, I've noticed that Amazon and The Telegraph Book Store are already selling it, with publication dates of 12th and 26th January respectively. I noticed that neither  actually have any copies yet, so I do wish they wouldn't jump the gun like this. It's not particularly helpful to anyone, certainly not to the author, trying to promote the book with unreliable publication dates, nor to the consumer, who is left with no realistic idea of when the book might actually arrive.
Bandol by Martin Storey, Rowan Magazine 51
The latest Rowan magazine arrived in the post this morning and my eye was immediately drawn to Martin Storey's Bandol, a restrained vintage-style design with a nod to the iconic Elsa Schiaparelli trompe l'oeil sweater. I'm a huge fan of Martin's work and delighted that he's agreed to do a workshop at the Rowan Mill on our upcoming tour of Lakes & York in May. His workshops are always popular, but we sometimes have a few places for independent participants, so if you too are a fan and would like to attend, get in touch, or better still register for the tour.
Handknit sweater with Bowknot, November 1927
in Black and white wool. Philadelphia Museum of Art.
There's much more on the Museum's site, here's an extract:

In the 1920’s, the sweater was an important piece of clothing for the modern woman who would rather play a game of tennis than sit still in a parlour. But sweaters of the time tended to lose their shape quickly which resulted in a sloppy appearance. In the Spring of 1927, Elsa Schiaparelli noticed a woman in Paris wearing a plain but unusually woven sweater, which didn’t seem to stretch and had what Schiaparelli later described as a
steady look

Schiaparelli discovered that the sweater had been knitted by an Armenian woman using a special double layered stich. Elsa soon recruited the young woman to knit several prototypes for her. Schiaparelli drew a white bow to look like a scarf tied around the neck of a sweater on a black background and had the design knitted into the sweaters. The sweater had its public debut when Elsa wore it to a luncheon that included several leaders of the fashion world. The sweater caused a sensation. A buyer from Lord and Taylor ordered 40 copies on the spot. Although her first collection launched the previous year had been well-received, it was the bow knot sweater which secured her fame.

The Schiaparelli pattern can be downloaded on Schoolhouse Press website.

Tues 3 Jan  Wendy Knits Wendy Johnson  
 Wed 4 Jan  Knitgrrl Shannon Okey
Thurs 5 Jan  Yarnagogo Rachael Herron
 Fri 6 Jan  The Knitter Rosee Woodland
Sat 7 Jan  Rhythm of the Needles  Joanne Conklin
Sun 8 Jan  Knit Purl Gurl  Karrie Steinmetz
                Mon 9 Jan  Craft Sanity  Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood
Tues 10 Jan  Planet Purl Beth Moriarty
 Wed 11 Jan  Sunset Cat  Stephannie Tallent
Thurs 12 Jan  A Really Good Yarn  Julie Schilthuis
Fri 13 Jan  Knit 1 Chicago  Lynn Coe
Sat 14 Jan  Go Knit in your Hat Carol Sulcoski
Sun 15 Jan Redshirt Knitting  Erika Barcott
Mon 16 Jan   In The Loop  Cheryl & Ellen
Tues 17 Jan  WEBS  Kathy Elkins
Wed 18 Jan  Zeneedle Margene Smith
Thurs 19 Jan   Knitspot  Anne Hanson
Fri 20 Jan   Urban Yarns  Alexa Ludeman
Sat 21 Jan  A Friend to knit with  Leslie Friend
Mon 23 Jan  Tentenknits  Margaux Hufnagel
Tues 24 Jan  Fancy Tiger Crafts  Amber Corcoran
Wed 25 Jan  Chic Knits  Bonne Marie Burns
Thurs 26 Jan  The Panopticon  Franklin Habit


  1. I agree with you about 'jumping the gun' bit and really wish they would wait until they have a correct date and books in stock!
    I also find it amazing how many comments some of the blogs out there attract...I try and be good and leave comments now and then, but one could spend whole days typing ;-))
    Great jumper design by Martin..I adore vintage
    Hope all is well xx

    1. And with you Heike... hope you're feeling better. Take care x

  2. I read and really enjoy your blog, as I have been following your progress for what seems like years now. I don't usually comment much as I don't have anything important to say, but rest assured I do have a mutter to myself! Please keep up the good work, I love this space. Sue.

  3. So good to hear that, Sue - I look at the stats , then wonder if they're referring to robots! Hope to hear from you again, thanks so much. Jean


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