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Everard Scarf – Rowan Fine Art Accessories Collection

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I love the Rowan Fine Art Accessories Collection – the styling in the book is stunning!

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I had one skein of Rowan’s Fine Art yarn to try out in Oak (312) and decided to knit the Everard Scarf designed by Marie Wallin.  Although not naturally drawn to sock yarn, I really enjoyed knitting this (remember my one skein Lark Scarf )? The yarn is fantastic for all sorts of accessories, not just socks, and this collection features 10 gorgeous knitting and crochet designs for women by Marie Wallin and Lisa Richardson!  Good news too that Rowan has launched 6 new subtle colourways to complement the original range.  You can check out the colours here.

Everard is described as being an easy knit in the design book.  It only requires one 100g skein of Fine Art yarn plus a pair of 3.25mm (US 3 needles) and a pair of 4.5mm (US 7 needles).  The scarf features a lace pattern at each end, and whilst easy to follow, some beginner knitters might find the Purl 5 together instruction a little awkward to manoeuvre to start with.  I found that switching from my usual Addi click needles to my oak Art Viva needles did the trick as this stopped the yarn slipping around too much and preventing me from purling the group of stiches together.  The oak colour was beautiful with a depth of colour reminding me of some of my favourite things…. coffee and chocolate!  Gently washing the yarn with my usual lavender Eucalan and lightly blocking really helped the lace panels take their proper shape, which made such a difference to the overall finish of the scarf.  To finish off, you can see in the photo how you fold the final lace section of the scarf up and sew the cast off edge in place to form a loop.  To wear the scarf, you then thread the cast-on edge of the scarf through the loop.  Fantastic!

Here are some of my favourites from the Fine Art Accessories Collection:

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Baines – a design by Marie Wallin suitable for the more experienced crocheter, pictured above using 5 skeins of Hornbeam 311

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Pemba – easy straight forward knitting design by Marie Wallin, shown above using 4 skeins of Yew 313.

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Methven – easy straight forward crocheting, designed by Lisa Richardson, pictured above in Maple 310 (4 skeins).

Did you know that Rowan also recently launched another yarn to join the Rowan Fine Art family – Fine Art Aran?  Again, a blend of hand painted colours has been used to achieve a unique colour effect. Take a look by clicking through to Rowan’s website here and the Fine Art Aran Mini Collection here.

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My friend Anne from Life Lackadaisical has designed a fab collection of one skein cowls that you can download for free here: Fine Art Aran Collection

The Everard Scarf is going to be a gift for my mum for Mother’s Day at the end of March.  I hope she likes it.

Have you got any mothers day projects planned?

Happy knitting & crocheting!

Rowan Little Star

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I LOVE to knit children’s knitwear, so I was thrilled to receive a copy of the new Little Star brochure to review from Rowan featuring 21 designs for children in the age range 3 to 10 years.  This new collection for Autumn/Winter 2013 has been designed by Rowan’s Head Designer Marie Wallin – each design being enticingly named after traditional puddings and desserts!!

The Little Star Collection is inspired by the trend for vintage, heritage style childrenswear using Rowan’s Wool Cotton, Wool Cotton 4ply, Pure Wool DK, Pure Wool 4ply and showcasing Rowan’s new yarn Angora Haze.

The cover shot above is of the Charlotte cardigan, named after Apple Charlotte pudding and knitted in the new gorgeous Angora Haze.

I was super excited to receive some of this new yarn to try out from Rowan, in the pretty colours ‘Hug’ and ‘Embrace’ which lent themselves perfectly to making this gorgeous crocheted Roly Poly Hair Band:

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Here is a photo of the Roly Poly Hairband that I crocheted with my sample yarn:

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So sweet for a little girl, or a not so little girl!  These gorgeous flowers would make a brilliant corsage don’t you think?  Angora Haze is super soft and luxurious to knit or crochet with.  I noticed a little shedding from the yarn, as would be expected with angora, but it wouldn’t be a problem for an accessory such as this.

On my (very large) wish list to make for my daughter:

Meringue Tam & Muffler: (any excuse to play with some more angora haze!)

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Brulee Capelet:

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Bread and Butter: I am so in love with the combination of crochet and knitting used here!

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The Trifle Snood crocheted in Pure Wool 4 ply is pretty awesome too (an adult version too please Marie!):

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Custard (using Angora Haze with hand embroidery):

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Sorbet knitted in Wool Cotton: I think this would be perfect for my little girl’s ballet lessons!

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Souffle:

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And Jelly:

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There are also some gorgeous designs for boys.  This sweater in Pure Wool DK is called Christmas (there is a girls version too):

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Eton Mess:

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I love Plum Duff, knitted in Pure Wool DK:

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Treacle:

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Figgy Dowdy:

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You can take a look at all of the designs in Little Star on the Rowan website by clicking here.

You might also like to read the designer Marie Wallin’s own review, where she tells us more about the fashion shoot and some of her personal favourites: http://www.mariewallin.com/blog/?p=350

I hope you find something special to knit for any little stars in your life!

Claire xx

Summer Linen Clutch Bag: Rowan All Seasons Chunky

This week up for review, its Rowan’s new yarn All Seasons Chunky.

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This chunky weight yarn was launched by Rowan for the 2013 Spring/Summer Season.  Composed of a machine washable 60% cotton and 40% acrylic microfibre, it’s a lovely yarn; soft and light enough to wear for any season.

Rowan very kindly gave me a ball of this super new yarn to try out:

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I really enjoyed knitting with it : I have to agree with Rowan that this new yarn certainly shows beautiful stitch definition.  It knits up very quickly which is very satisfying.  I also got to try out some of my favourite chunky knitting needles!  (the ball band recommends US 10.5 (UK 2) knitting needles).

Next I decided to experiment with some crochet.  I used a 6.5mm crochet hook.

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With one ball of yarn to play with, and inspired by the final of the Great British Sewing Bee, I thought I would make a crocheted clutch bag for the summer with a pretty ‘shell stitch’.  The ‘pebble’ colour of the yarn went beautifully with some linen that I had in my stash and some gorgeous Amy Butler fabric from her Soul Blossoms collection for Rowan.

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I made a simple linen clutch bag lined with the Amy Butler fabric and hand stitched the crochet to the outside.

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Let me know what you think…?

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There are some beautiful knitting patterns in the All Seasons Chunky Brochure reflecting the trend for relaxed summer knitwear.  Marie Wallin has designed 12 simple textured easy to wear knits that are “simple to knit and are perfect for whiling away lazy summer days and warm sultry evenings”.  Check out this post for some examples, or have a look at Rowan Yarn’s Pinterest Board.

All Seasons Chunky is available in some really gorgeous colours:

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Foam, pebble, powder, drift, shore, dune, reach, cove, heatwave, jetsam, stoney, samphire, flotsam and whirlpool…

Are you tempted? Let me know if you are! I would love to hear from you 🙂

Happy summer knitting (or crocheting)!

XX

Wool House

Would you like to join me on a visit to the Wool House exhibition at Somerset House in London?

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Lots of pictures (!) : I wanted to try and capture the true flavour of the exhibition for you : enjoy 🙂

As you may already know, the Campaign for Wool launched the Wool House exhibition as the world’s biggest ever celebration of Wool, exploring interiors, crafts, fashion and all aspects of this wonderful natural fibre.  Wool House offered a window on the way in which wool can inhabit a space, with leading interior designers demonstrating use of wool fibre within their work across individual rooms.  You can find out more about the exhibition and the Campaign on the Campaign for Wool website.

Come and take a peak inside…

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A dramatic black and white themed entrance hall greeted us including a life sized crochet bear created by Shauna Richardson.  Aren’t Shauna’s crochetdermy skills amazing!?

Look at this beautiful Hummingbird Wallhanging designed by Alexander McQueen:

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The corridor linking each themed room contained this stunning 100 foot wool runner designed by Cristian Zuzunaga:

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This Modern Room was created by Anne Kyyro-Quinn:

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In contrast, the Natural Room was created by Josephine Ryan:

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Every home needs a wool corner like this one, a cosy nook with a feature chair, maybe a table for books and some favourite things to make it a bit special…

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Look at those gorgeous vintage welsh wool blankets…..

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I completely fell in love with the Nursery designed by Donna Wilson:

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Look at these amazing Wall Hangings by Claudy Jongstra:

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Welcome to the Craft Room : a place to meet and enjoy workshops being run by Rowan Yarns, the Sublime design studio and Debbie Bliss, and watch spinning demonstrations.

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When we arrived, great fun was to be had with both young and old enjoying the chance to learn to knit and crochet.  We were thrilled to be able to have a go at hand spinning yarn on a drop spindle:

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We admired the many beautiful yarns on display and mood boards created by the designers:

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This stunning granny squares throw made from Rowan Purelife Renew, designed by Marie Wallin and featured in Rowan’s Purelife Home brochure inspired my daughter to start a little crochet project on the train home (more about this later..)

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You can read more about the Rowan Purelife British sheep breeds yarn range and accompanying brochures here.

I instantly recognised examples of Anna Wilkinson’s work; have you read her book Learn to Knit, Love to Knit?

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The weaving room:

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We just managed to fit in a brief visit to Liberty of London before our train journey home….

Haberdashery delights – Liberty Tana Lawn:

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And swooning over Rowan Yarns of course! :

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Finally, a walk through snowy London and some knitting (for me) and crochet time (for Miss E) on the train journey home:

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Check out the fabulous Edmund the Easter Bunny pattern available for free on the Rowan website: a very portable little one ball knitting project just right for train journeys as were the Granny Squares crocheted by Miss E in Rowan Pure Wool DK.

Are you feeling inspired to bring wool into your life and home?

 As an ambassador for Rowan Yarns I’m looking forward to sharing my passion for yarn, knitting and crochet with you. I’d love to hear from you via my blog or my Knitandpurlgarden Facebook page  – I hope to hear from you soon!

Claire