Tangled String

“Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” G. Bernard Shaw



In speaking with Friend Carrie about my newest acquisition — Alice Starmore’s Tudor Roses — I discovered there are differences between my copy and her copy.

For one, my copy has no men’s sweaters. This did not strike me as odd because I don’t think of fat, blowsy Henry VIII as a rose in any sense of the word. Yes, yes, I KNOW he was once young and fit and made courtiers swoon, but that didn’t last. However, a quick search of Ravelry revealed that there had, indeed, been sweaters named Henry VII and Henry VIII. I guess poor Edward VI wasn’t rosy.

What I was surprised by were the changes. Jane Seymour looks completely different, although I can see how the “theme” of the original carried through in the new design.

This is a design motif from the original sweater:

Seynmour Old

Which has become the overall pattern of the new.


You can see how she developed one from the other, Clever Lass.

Another example is the stitch pattern of Elizabeth of York:

Elizabeth of York


Which becomes a stranded pattern in the current book:



The woman is freaking brilliant!  And talented.  And apparently hardy.  Have you seen where the Isle of Lewis is?  In the Hebrides?  Beautiful, serene, and — I’m fairly certain — COLD.

I have met exactly one Starmore sweater in person:  Catherine Howard.  It was a thing of beauty and, while at that time I was unfamiliar with the patterns in the original Tudor Roses, I was certain I was looking at a Starmore design.  You just know.  The Lady in Question, whom I had met via Ravelry and was at last meeting for real, mentioned that she had spent a good while swatching as she knew she would be living with the yarn/colors for a good while.  However, in my opinion, she finished the sweater in record time — only two years.  I bow before her superior skills!

I own Fishermen’s Sweaters, The Celtic Collection, Aran Knitting, Alice Starmore’s Book of Fair Isle Knitting, and now Tudor Roses.  Someday, perhaps when adolescents are not a part of my daily fare, I will knit one of her “simpler” designs (rolls on floor laughing hysterically).  I seriously hope to do so.  Elizabeth I or something from Fishermen’s Sweaters, which I bought long before I knew anything about Miss Starmore.

The same day I received Tudor Roses in the mail, I also received a DVD from Interweave:  Classic to Creative Knit Cables with Kathy Zimmerman.  Since it appears that everything I knit for Mr. B will have cables:  Celtic Icon, the current project, the next project, as do any projects from the aforementioned Fishermen’s Sweaters, I thought I needed to get a handle on cables — expecially fixing mistakes as I have had to frog back the Worsted Weight Shawl Collar Sweater enough that it is fast becoming the Only Think I Will Ever Knit.  Also, Telkari from Knitter’s so thoroughly kicked my ass that I slunk away in defeat.  And I want that sweater.

I have Winter Break coming up soon and I have two goals:  THOROUGHLY clean my house and knit.

Fingers crossed.


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Author: marji

Wife, Mother, Friend, Knitter, Breast Cancer Survivor, High School Librarian, Seeker on the Path

3 thoughts on “hmmmm

  1. I really like Elizabeth Woodville which is also new in the new book. Hoping to make that sometime this year. Why don’t you join me? It looks simple enough.. Have you noticed in the new book she gives an estimate of how hard they are and what might prove challenging? It’s towards the back. I own the original, but am very happy I bought the new one as well. I like Margaret Beaufort very much, and the new Jane Seymour. Heck…I like almost all of them.

  2. As long as you get the most important one done first. THE KNITTING. ALWAYS THE KNITTING.

    I didn’t even notice that Elizabeth of York went from a patterned stitch to a stranded pattern! Nicely done. She flattened out the Mary Tudor chart a bit and changed the color scheme but otherwise it’s the very similar to the original version.

    The idea of doing knitting the yoke on Jane Seymour for an entire sweater makes me want to howl in despair. That thing is fiddly.

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