Tag Archives: Rowan Fine Art

Everard Scarf – Rowan Fine Art Accessories Collection

013

007

008

004

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

Fine Art Accessories 4pp Cover s.indd

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:

Fine Art Accessories

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

Fine art accessories 3

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

Fine Art Accessories 2

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.

Fine Art Arran

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!

Advertisements

Iced Bun Weekend

The girls have been baking again 🙂

20130527-121453.jpg

20130527-121534.jpg

I’ve been squeezing in a spot of knitting:

20130527-121647.jpg

I’ve picked up my Louisa Cape project again from Rowan Studio 30 ~ so cute!

There has been barbie crochet & a fashion shoot :

20130527-121909.jpg

Walks with the dogs in the sunshine:

20130527-122032.jpg

And rope swing fun!

20130527-122136.jpg

And freshly laid eggs from happy hens :

20130527-122244.jpg

20130527-122314.jpg

Our little cockerel was quite poorly last week but thanks to some major TLC and great tips from Little Poppits he has made a miraculous recovery 🙂

I also managed to squeeze in a little trip to my LYS to admire the Rowan Fine Art Yarn (loving Kingfisher & Waxwing : on my wish list!) and drooled over the new pattern book ‘Spirit’ from Kim Hargreaves for Rowan.

20130527-122532.jpg

We picked up some fab Stylecraft DK to make an end of year present for my daughters teacher (I have Lucy to thank from Attic 24 for introducing me to this great inexpensive yarn).

20130527-123021.jpg

Here’s our sweet dog having fun in the woods:

20130527-123714.jpg

It was great to make the most of the bluebells, then home for fresh apple cake ~ the recipe is from Jane Brocket’s Vintage Cakes book ~ it was so easy to make & can surely be classed as healthy because of the fruit (and spelt flour that I substituted!)

20130527-124315.jpg

It’s a long holiday weekend here in the UK and its been so lovely to have some sunshine. What have you been doing this weekend? I hope you’ve had a great time too!

20130527-125219.jpg

Hardly a cloud in the sky…..

20130527-125243.jpg

Fine Art Inspiration

This month saw the launch of Rowan’s gorgeous new hand painted Fine Art sock yarn available in 8 stunning shades all named after British birds: serin (a gorgeous pink), tawny, waxwing, raven, kingfisher, lapwing, pheasant and chiff-chaff : a colour to suit everyone!

533637_10151404645682424_298978973_n

Prior to its launch, there was a great deal of anticipation and buzz in the media surrounding this gorgeous new yarn.  One of my favourite knitting books ‘The Gentle Art of Knitting’ by Jane Brocket, states that “Yarn is the reason why many people knit.  It’s what lures knitters into picking up their needles, it’s what makes them return to their knitting day after day, it’s what keeps them knitting away until they complete a piece…. nothing beats working with something that feels good in your hands, appeals to the eye and produces a beautiful textile.”  Rowan’s Fine Art certainly fits the bill and is really rather special.  Fine Art has great yardage so it really does go a long long way – at 437 yards (400m) per 100g skein, I think it is good value for money, given that it is of such a high quality.  There is plenty of yarn in one skein for you to create something stunning and unique that will last for a lifetime – for yourself or as a gift to a friend or a loved one.

037

I also really like the fact that production of this new yarn is helping some of the poorest people in South Africa.  If you would like to find out more, do read the Rowan April eNewletter.  This describes how the yarn is sourced from Cape Mohair Spinners, and painted by the team at Lance and Ines Khoury’s hand painting department, which takes enormous pride in employing individuals from some of the poorest and most marginalised sections of the community. One of their goals is to create opportunities for growth and development, and this ethos is something Rowan is extremely proud to support. As a result of the increase in production needs following on from Rowan’s interest in the yarn, the company has had to relocate to larger premises and take on more members of staff.

Fine Art is described by Rowan as being a blend of fibre and colour (merino wool, kid mohair and mulberry silk) that is especially blended for sock knitting, but can also be used for shawls, scarves and other accessories.  Rowan’s Fine Art Collection brochure provides great pattern support  featuring 14 sock and scarf / shawl designs by Marie Wallin, Martin Storey, Lisa Richardson and Gemma Atkinson.  There are patterns suitable for beginners, intermediate knitters and also more challenging projects for experienced knitters.  All of these designs really show off the beauty of the yarn and its amazing colours.  You could of course choose your own pattern and use the yarn to get creative!

getimage

For those of you new to sock knitting, I was really pleased to see that the brochure contains a really helpful section with instructions on how to knit socks, including information on how a sock is knitted, how to knit in the round using double-pointed needles, turning the heel,  working the foot section and shaping the toe.  Lots of really useful tips and hints are included.

I was very lucky to have been given a skein of Fine Art by Rowan in the colourway ‘Raven’ to try out:

058  103

It’s such a gorgeous colour, that reminds me of scrumptious berries: blueberries, blackcurrants and blackberries.  Whilst knitting with it, I also found that it does truly reflect the beautiful plummage of a Raven, changing it colours slightly depending on the light.

Although I was very tempted to knit socks, as there are some super patterns in the Fine Art Collection, I was immediately drawn to the Lark Scarf and inspired by Gemma Atkinson’s beautiful design, I knitted my own version using slightly larger needles and varying the pattern slightly making a shorter scarf using the one skein that I had been gifted.

091

Impatient to start knitting, I only had size 3mm needles to hand (the pattern suggests 2.25mm (US1) and I think the design would look stunning made up in this way) but as I was happy with the effect created by slightly larger needles, I continued and I’m very pleased with the overall result.  It’s good to experiment with this yarn.

105  107

In addition to the patterns available in the Fine Art Brochure, Rowan has made available as a free download, a rather beautiful lace scarf named ‘Robin’ designed by Lisa Richardson that is suitable for beginners:

Robin Scarf

Happy Knitting! And don’t forget to let me know if you knit some socks 🙂