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Sequins, Sparkle and Shimmer

Do you remember the photo I took of some Rowan Kidsilk Haze Glamour on my Rowan Beach Shoot back in the Spring?  You can see it below in the colour ‘smoke’ alongside some lovely blue Soft Knit Cotton and the All Seasons Chunky in the colour ‘pebble’.

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Kidsilk Haze Glamour is a fine yarn made from a blend of super kid mohair and silk, and added a thread of sequins. Ideal for lace stitch accessories this yarn is lightweight and glamourous, the sequins give a unique and random pattern to the finished knitted fabric, making it ideal for evening wear or just that little bit of added sparkle.

There are some gorgeous knitting patterns using KSH Glamour, many of them free, on Rowan’s website, but the urge to crochet struck me and with only one skein to play with, I found myself searching the internet for a suitable pattern.  I came across the lovely Churchmouse Yarns and decided to make Kelly’s Frothy Crocheted Scarf:

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It’s a fab pattern, using simple single (or double crochet if you are in the UK) which gives the impression of  delicate lace stitch and it satisfyingly zips along once you get used to using a size 10mm (pattern suggests 11.5mm) crochet hook.  I did actually end up buying an extra skein to get the length required and to crochet the edging.

KSH Glamour

I have to admit that I took a while to complete it as I’ve been working on other projects, but I took the scarf on a trip to Dorset recently and it was the perfect holiday project.  I finished it really quickly and I’m glad that I did because its the perfect weight scarf for late summer into early autumn, or an evening out or special occasion.  And I do love the sparkles – the sequins definitely add an extra something to this lovely yarn which comes in a gorgeous range of colours.  When you buy the pattern from Churchmouse Yarns, you also get the instructions to make a wrap, which uses 3 skeins of Kidsilk Haze.

It was quite hard to capture the sparkle on a camera – I took a few shots out in the garden of our holiday cottage – partly because the setting was so lovely – but I hope you get the general idea.

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Kidsilk Haze Glamour could easily be substituted for any of your favourite patterns using Kidsilk Haze or similar yarns.  Although very slightly thicker, it would add a lovely sparkle!

Here are some pictures of a couple of my favourite free knitting patterns using KSH Glamour, available on the Rowan website.  Click here for a pattern link for the Stellar Wrap, designed by Alison Crowther-Smith with a ribbed design, finished with a frill edging.

Stellar Wrap     Gypsy Shawl

The Gypsy Shawl, designed by Sarah Hatton, would be perfect for evening wear: (click here for a pattern link).

You can also check out the Kidsilk Haze Glamour Collection, published by Rowan and featuring 14 designs to support this yarn:

The Glamour Collection

If you like sparkle and shimmer too, you may be interested in the recently launched Rowan Kidsilk Haze Eclipse, which adds extra sparkle by adding a shimmering metallic thread to some of Rowan’s most popular Kidsilk Haze colours.  Check out the gorgeous Aries & Pisces colours below :

Kidsilk Haze Eclipse

Accompanying the yarn is this beautiful Kidsilk Haze Eclipse Mini Collection:

KSH Eclipse Collection

Further sparkle and shimmer can also be found in the Parisian Nights Collection, which was launched last year and features 12 elegant designs taking you from daywear into eveningwear and using Kidsilk Haze and Anchor Artiste Metallic. Check it out here.

Parisian Nights

Let me know if you try any of these yarns or patterns – I would love to hear from you.  Or let me know if you have any sparkly recommendations to share of your own?

Claire xx

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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:

Salome

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

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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