I was fortunate enough to get a look at the promo for the Rowan Magazine #43 a few months back at my LYS. Not a lot for me in there, but of course I was going to buy the issue when it came out. I was really surprised to find that the shop had their copies already when I went in this past Saturday. I tried to find the preview on Rowan's site, but it wasn't up yet. Here are a few of my favorite designs from this issue, and a few of those that I would never even consider spending my time knitting. (click on the photos to see larger versions)
Now I must say that the first section of the book (Heavenly) has some beautiful, gossamer knits. Kidsilk Haze is prominently featured, and since I am scared to death of the stuff, I just looked without even THINKING of knitting any of them. The one with the cobwebs between the sleeves and the body is kind of creepy. (l to r: Geno in 4-ply Cotton, Gauze in 4-ply Cotton)
The next section is called "Weekender...inspired by 60's and 70's London". This section had some nice designs, but not really in color combos I would wear. A lot of orange, purple and green. A couple I could see myself wearing (l to r: Capri in Calmer, Mustang in Rowan Denim))
The last section is called "Elemental...inspired by textures of rock and wood." I am not sure why I am drawn to this first design, but I could picture myself really digging it when it was done. The second I just threw in here because I would be damned if I would spend all my time knitting a man's sweater and have it look like he snagged it to death climbing over a fence. But, that's just me. I did like all of the natural, earthy colors used in this section. (l to r: Granite in Bamboo Tape, Earthly in Handknit Cotton)
I also picked up a copy of Rowan Classic's "Summer Delights" by Martin Storey. I will review that one tomorrow, and I already have one of the designs qued and ready to go.