Category Archives: Competitions and Give Aways

Happy Valentines Day from Shaun the Sheep // competition

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Last weekend Rowan Yarns teamed up with the Telegraph Magazine with a special offer to get some free Rowan wool to knit Shaun the Sheep in celebration of the opening of the new Shaun the Sheep Movie. If you fancy knitting your own Shaun, you can download the pattern for free by visiting the Rowan Yarns website knitrowan.com or by clicking here. You will need 25g of black yarn DK and 25g of cream/white DK.

Rowan currently has a competition to win £100 of lovely Rowan yarn – you just need to photograph your finished Shaun in an unusual location and post it on Rowan’s Facebook page before 24th February.

It was great fun knitting Shaun this week – he has now been adopted by my little girl, but the pup has also taken a fancy to the little sheep too (must think it looks like one of his dog toys) although he does seem to have taken a fancy to snatching yarn in general looking at the ‘caught in the act’ photo above!!!
Hope you’re enjoying Valentine’s Day today, however you are spending it with the knitting, people or pets that you love.
Claire xx

COMPETITION!!!!:

I’m running a little competition to win some Rowan Yarn to knit your own Shaun. Answer the following Question if you’d like to enter:

Which was the name of the film that Shaun the Sheep first appeared in? Leave your answer here or on my Facebook page with an email address or Ravelry details so that I can easily contact you. Deadline is 5pm sunday 22nd February. UK only please. Good luck 🙂

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EDITED TO ADD: COMPETITION WINNER!

Thank you to everyone who popped by to enter the competition. I had 30 entries in total and chose the winner using random.org. My competition winner was Carol Hesketh – congratulations Carol! I’ve since discovered that Carol has her own Knitting page on Facebook called Fred Knits. Do pop by & say hello 🙂

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Rowan Magazine 54 Competition : Winner

THANK YOU so much to everyone that entered my Rowan Magazine 54 Giveaway.  I have loved reading all of the competition  entries!

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I asked which design was your favourite in the new magazine, and the Romancing Collection proved to be extremely popular with all of you – the Berenice Wrap (as featured on the magazine cover above) and Salome received the most votes.  Alcina and Vivaldi were also popular designs.  All of these stunning designs use Rowan’s Kidsilk Haze yarn.

Salome:

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Following very closely behind Berenice in the voting was the beautiful Anatolia from the Folk Collection, knitted with Rowan Felted Tweed:

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The gorgeous Soumak Scarf Wrap also received some votes.

Sharon, the Wendy Wrap and Crystal were also mentioned as favourites from the Essentials Collection.

I would so love to send everyone of you a copy of the new Magazine but of course there can be only one winner….

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Drum roll…..

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And the winner, as randomly picked by my three year old assistant is….

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VALERIE SMITH, who chose the gorgeous Berenice Wrap as her favourite design.  Valerie told me that she loved the Berenice Wrap because “because the colours are rich and it represents a feeling of abundance and opulence.”  Great choice Valerie!

Congratulations Valerie Smith!  Please contact me with your address and I will post the Magazine off to you asap!  Hope you enjoy reading it!  Happy knitting!

Claire xx

It’s competition time! – Rowan Magazine 54 Giveaway

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It’s COMPETITION TIME at Knit and Purl Garden!  To celebrate the official launch today of the NEW Rowan Autumn / Winter season 2013, I’m giving away my brand new sample copy of the latest Rowan Knitting and Crochet Magazine 54.   It maybe be gloriously sunny outside but you won’t want to miss the chance to win this  – its stunning!  As we knitters know, you need to plan ahead 🙂

Get your needles ready for some truly gorgeous designs this autumn!

Knitwear is currently sitting centre stage in the fashion world and many of the catwalk designers have drawn inspiration for their collections from historic references such as the Baroque. Fashion is also looking to the handicraft textiles of Eastern Europe  and the nomadic lifestyle.  The Rowan designers have taken these strong trends and worked the different key looks into three distinctive stories in Magazine 54:

Romancing – A beautiful collection of romantic lace and patterned knits photographed in the historic setting of Haddon Hall, Derbyshire.

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Folk – The patterned folk textiles of nomadic eastern cultures inspires this colourful collection of women’s and men’s knits.

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Essentials – A collection of the key shapes and textures on trend, designed into simple, easy to wear styles that compliment the season’s essential looks.

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There are also 2 online collections available in this magazine with 6 exclusive free patterns in each of them!  Click on the following links below to view these collections.

Rowan Knitting & Crochet Magazine 54 – Web Exclusives

Rowan Design Awards 2013

We’re really spoilt for choice this season.  Look out for these gorgeous Rowan brochures also in the shops on July 15th:

You can also check out the designs on the Rowan website NOW: http://www.knitrowan.com/designs-and-patterns

Angora Haze Brochure  Little Star Cover

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Thick&Thin Brochure  Warm & Toasty Cover

Alpaca Colour Brochure

Rowan has also just launched some gorgeous new yarns this season as well as some old favourites in new colours – here are some samples that I will be trying out and reporting back on: (you can click on the links to find out more info)

Angora Haze:

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Thick ‘n’ Thin:

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Kidsilk Haze Eclipse:

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Alpaca Colour:

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So if you’d like to try and win a copy of Rowan Magazine 54, all you need to do is become a follower of my blog or  my Facebook page  and leave me a comment telling me which design from the magazine you like best and why.  I’ll pick a random winner at the end of the day on Sunday 28th July.  You can check out the designs from Magazine 54 on Rowan’s website: http://www.knitrowan.com/designs-and-patterns/magazines/rowan-knitting-crochet-magazine-54  I would love to hear which is your favourite!

You can also like my Facebook page for regular updates on everything Rowan & other snippets of knitting and crochet news.

Good luck xx

EDITED TO ADD: you can also enter the competition if you are already a follower of my blog or Facebook Page 🙂

And we have a winner!

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Thank you so VERY MUCH to everyone who took part in my Rowan Giveaway competion, especially those of you who have just met me and decided to become a follower of my blog or my facebook page.  Wow : the response was amazing : all of that liking and sharing – I hadn’t anticipated the power of the internet eh!?  This give-away has been such fun and generated so many wonderful comments with the added benefit of allowing me to make lots of new like minded friends super quickly! Hooray!

I really wish I could send you all a copy of the wonderful Rowan Magazine 53!  However there can only be one winner, and:

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The winner is:

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Congratulations CLARE TIMMS ROSSER  Please could you contact me @ Claire Durbin (knitandpurlgarden) on Facebook or contact me via my blog so that I can get your address details and I will send off your copy of the Magazine!  It would be lovely to hear what you think of it 🙂

Happy Knitting!

Claire xx

Loveknitting.com Blogger of the Week!

It’s turned into an Amazing sort of Day!  I’ve just been awarded Blogger of the Week by Loveknitting.com!  Check out this link and take a look at their lovely yarns, needles, books and button’s whilst you are there 🙂  You can also find out more by subscribing to their newsletter.

http://www.loveknitting.com/blog/knit-and-purl-garden/

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By the way, there is still plenty of time to enter my Rowan give-away!  Thank you so much to all of my new likers on Facebook and Blog followers : the response has been fantastic so far!  I will be announcing the winner of the copy of Rowan Magazine 53 on Friday 12th April!

Rowan Beach Shoot and a Giveaway!

Hello, I’m going to be spreading a little bit of Rowan Love from the beach today….

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We popped to our favourite beach on wednesday.  Ok, so I know its super chilly here in the UK at the moment, but I can’t resist a trip to the seaside whatever the weather and we were very fortunate in that the sun shone, the sky was blue, and it was actually quite warm down on the beach itself (as long as you were wrapped up well against the elements).  I even managed to get a little windburnt suntanned!

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I wanted to share with you some of the lovely goodies that I received from Rowan recently and I thought that perhaps if I couldn’t transport myself to the beautiful island of Santorini where the story ‘Glorious’ in Rowan Magazine 53 was shot, the Jurassic coastline in Dorset would do!

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So come and join me at the beach for some summer inspiration….

Rowan Magazine 53 features three design stories: Glorious: a beautiful feminine collection of floral patterns and lace stitches; Ikon: a fun, bold and graphic collection for women and men inspired by the Modernist movement of the 1920’s and 1930’s; and Essentials: a collection of key shapes and textures on trend, designed into simple, easy to wear styles that compliment this seasons essential looks.  Here are some photos from the Glorious section:

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I’ve been knitting (rather slowly since its the School holidays) a Symi Wrap designed by Vibe Ulrik and featured in the magazine, using a combination of Kidsilk Haze (in the colourway Trance) and Fine Lace (in Aged) :

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It’s a lovely lace pattern to try and the Kidsilk Haze is so deliciously light and airy to work with.  Definitely worth checking out if you fancy giving lace a go.  I’ve fallen in love with Vibe’s designs before and written about it here.  You can find a fascinating interview with Rowan’s newest designer in the Rowan 53 magazine.

I also have the All Seasons Chunky brochure to show you some snippets from: a collection of 12 super designs for women by Marie Wallin:

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I’m looking forward to trying out this new yarn which is a combination of cotton and acrylic microfibre.  I can see it being useful for both knitting and crochet, with its great stitch definition.

Or maybe you might fancy the Summer Textures collection : a texture and colour driven collection by Lisa Richardson and Sarah Hatton, which looks to handicraft and artisan tribal weave textures for inspiration?

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Crochet and textured stitches are key looks as well as mesh, basket weave and openwork knit stitches.  The collection has been designed using the Savannah, Summer Tweed and All Seasons Cotton yarns.  I’m hoping to make this crochet top ‘Cabazon’ using All Seasons Cotton:

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Isn’t this gorgeous Softknit Cotton tempting?  The colours available in this new yarn are simply stunning.

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I have some real favourites in the Softknit Cotton collection:

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These designs by Martin Storey provide a fabulous trans-seasonal collection for men and women, with the softknit cotton being interchangeable with Rowan Handknit Cotton.

And last but not least, spot the Kidsilk Haze Glamour (in the Smoke colourway, with sequins!):

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Kidsilk Haze Glamour is a fine yarn made from a blend of super kid mohair and silk with a thread of sequins.  It’s ideal for lace stitch accessories, being lightweight and glamourous, and suitable for evening wear or just that little bit of added sparkle!  I’m going to try crocheting with it as a comparison to knitting (my Symi Wrap).

I’ve also got some plans for some Rowan’s Baby Merino Silk DK and the new Studio 30 collection which contains Folk influenced designs by Sarah Hatton.  Rowan Studio 30 provides a capsule wardrobe of knits for boys and girls from 0-3 months up until 5 years.  Isn’t this pretty Louisa Cape sweet?  I love the yellow in the brochure but I’m afraid my little girl has of course requested it in pink!! (official colour ‘rose’!)  I bought this yarn on my little trip to Liberty when I visited the Wool House exhibition last month.

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I’ve also spotted a gorgeous little girl’s Tutu design by Kat Goldin in the latest edition of Inside Crochet Magazine, with the suggestion that Rowan Baby Merino Silk DK could be used for an extra-luxurious skirt variation!  You can also check out some of my other Rowan favourites in my Rowan Favourite’s Pinterest Board.

SO, SMALL DRUM ROLL PLEASE…

I just wanted to let you know that I really appreciate all of you lovely people stopping by to read and comment on my blog and my Knitandpurlgarden Facebook page, and as I have a spare brand new copy of the new Rowan Magazine 53 looking for a new home (I’ve already got my subscriber copy, which you can find more out about here) I’ve decided to do a Rowan giveaway!!

All you need to do is ‘Like’ my Knitandpurlgarden Facebook page, share the Rowan image you’ll find there in your Facebook feed and leave me a comment to let me know.  Alternatively you could also follow my blog and leave a comment here too.  If you do both, you will get two chances to win!

I will be announcing the winner next Friday.  The lucky winner will receive a brand new copy of Rowan’s Magazine 53 featuring the latest Spring & Summer Collection 2013.

If you are interested in winning a copy, please follow my blog and leave a comment below or like and share the Rowan give-away image on my Facebook page.

Yay!! Good luck!

Claire x

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