A long, lonnnnnggg time ago, before there were the 48 Rowan magazines, there were 6 amazing little Rowan Journals. They were published 3 times a year for two years for members of Rowan International. The first one was 32 pages, and that included both sides of the covers! I have all of these small magazines and love them a lot. I have spent a lot of time just browsing through them over and over again, and I still enjoy them. This is the first one:
I like the articles about designers' studios and the beautiful patterns. I still get compliments when I wear my "Sculptured Fair Isle" by Jean Moss from the first issue. Jean designed this sweater for Ralph Lauren about 25 years ago. I made it with a German cotton from Wolle Rödel. It was my local yarn store when I lived in Lahr-im-Schwarzwald (how I miss that city).
The yarn worked up to the correct gauge, was a matte cotton and came in large variety of colors, which is just what I needed. Aside from the fair isle design, which I liked, there were also some purl stitches which made a textured design. All in all, a very nice, well-written pattern. I think that the sweater has withstood the test of time. I would have no hesitation to make this one again someday, should this one wear out. As a matter of fact, I may do just that as the cotton has stretched some since I first knit the sweater. I made it in colors as close as I could match them from the original. I liked it just the way it was. Here is the picture from the pattern in the magazine: