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Rowan KAL : week 3 : Heirloom Lace

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This week I decided to try out my Candy and Pretty Pink Pure Wool Worsted. I was really pleased with the results. Loved the candy! The colours reminded me of strawberry icecream and rhubarb crumble made with rhubarb fresh from the garden…

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The peonies also started blooming in the garden to fit in with this weeks pink theme!

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This week we also visited the gardens at Ston Easton Park Hotel which were open for charity as part of the National Garden Scheme. The sun shone and the gardens and house were really beautiful…

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This week we’ve also been busy with Year 6 tests (SATS) and a piano exam so life has been busy and I still need to finish knitting the squares for week 4. How are you getting on? Are you managing to keep up? Luckily there is an extra month at the end of the KAL clues for everyone to catch up…
Here’s the week 4 square, incase you haven’t seen it yet : Lace Kisses. You can download it for free from the Rowan website.

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Have a great week & don’t forget to look out for Clue 5 on Monday…. I better get knitting! ūüėČ

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Rowan KAL : week 2: Nordic Square

If you’ve been taking part in Rowan’s Pure Wool Worsted Knit-A-Long how have you been getting on? I’ve loved¬†hearing about your colour choices and progress over on Facebook and every time I pop over to the KAL thread on Ravelry it’s so busy with everyone chatting away, sharing tips and ideas.
Here are some snaps of my progress with week 2, the Nordic Square pattern. I chose the oxygen shade for my first set of three, then couldn’t decide which shade to knit with next….

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After deliberating over whether to go for Mallard (carrying on with the blue- green theme) or granite or moonstone, I ended up choosing the moonstone, which interestingly seems to have a hint of green in with the grey. What do you think? I hope the colours will all go together!  And I really must do some blocking and not leave it all to the end of the KAL!  I also fear I maybe becoming addicted to taking photos of Pure Wool Worsted!
So, I’m off to knit the Heirloom Lace pattern now available for week 3. I’m thinking of candy…

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Here’s the link for the free download for Week 3: Heirloom Lace, a simple lace and garter stich pattern.¬† Don’t forget to check out the Martin Storey You Tube Video for week 3 and for beginner knitters there are lots of helpful video tutorials listed alongside each square for all of the various techniques involved.¬† This weeks pattern is a written pattern, but if you prefer knitting from charts, check out the Nottingham Knitter’s blog and¬†Knitting Konrad’s blog¬†– both have created their own charts that you can download if you would find it helpful.

Thanks for joining me and happy knitting!

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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 Рa 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

Thick ‘n’ Thin Review

I get the impression that Rowan’s new autumn/winter collection is causing quite a stir in the knitting world at the moment!¬† I’m in love with virtually every brochure and have a¬†BIG wish list of things that I would love to knit this season.¬†¬† Early autumn has to be one of my favourite times of the year and although I am extremely grateful for all of the beautiful sunshine we have been having here in the UK lately, I do love the “season of mists and mellow fruitfulness” and I¬†get so¬†excited at the thought of all of those cosy autumnal knits to wear in the crisp autumn air.

First up for review at Knit and Purl Garden this season¬†is Rowan’s Thick ‘n’ Thin Collection by Sarah Hatton featuring 14 designs for women.

“The¬†rustic and textured inspired knits within the Thick ‘n’ Thin collection reflect¬†this seasons runway trend for outerwear and accessory hand knits.¬† The collection combines the character and colourful nature of the new yarn with chunky knit stitches, such as ribbing, cabling and weave textures, creating a collection of easy to wear and easy to knit designs.”

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Corona Hooded Scarf (cover photo):

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I’m sure¬†that¬†Rowan’s new Thick ‘n’ Thin yarn¬†is¬†going to be extremely popular.¬† Its a great choice for beginner knitters¬†as it¬†knits up really quickly on chunky needles and there are some¬†fabulous patterns.¬† It will also appeal to those knitters looking for a quick fashion fix – there are some great accessories in the new Collection.¬† There is¬†also¬†great potential for knitting up a few gifts for – shhh – dare I mention the word in July – Christmas!?¬† Always good to plan ahead…

The new yarn comes in some great colours: pumice, marble, soapstone, pyrite, shale, granite, flint, dolomite, basalt and greenstone.¬† The Thick ‘n’ Thin feature of this yarn gives the knitted fabric a unique textured finish, made from 100% wool that is ideal for accessories¬†or to¬†add definition to any knitted sweater.

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I’ve¬†just finished¬†knitting the Satellite Cowl.¬† It was¬†easy to knit, I¬†LOVE it and I know its going to get a LOT of wear!

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Here’s my cowl in the gorgeous blue¬†shade Dolomite (968):

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I am SO in LOVE with this colour!

Here are a few of my favourite designs from the Collection:

Solstice:

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Aurora:

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Nova:

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Satellite Scarf:

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Orbit:

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And some more gorgeous designs:

Meteor:

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Umbra:

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Nebula:

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Flare:

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Cosmos:

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Comet:

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Zenith:

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So there you have it: Thick ‘n’ Thin : whats not to love!?

Let me know if you try Thick ‘n’ Thin out – I would love to hear your thoughts.

Claire xx

Louisa Cape

I was thrilled to receive a copy of¬†Rowan Studio 30 recently –¬†I love knitting¬†children’s clothes for my girls!¬† This¬†latest collection¬†from Rowan designer Sarah Hatton¬†features a capsule wardrobe of knits reflecting Folk influences that¬†are popular¬†this season, for 0-5 year olds.¬† I chose some Rowan Baby Merino Silk DK in the gorgeous Rose colourway¬†678 to knit the Louisa Cape.¬† Such a pretty colour, with a real vintage appeal.

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I was really pleased with how the cape turned out.¬†¬†I knitted the size to fit age 4 so that there would be a substantial amount of growing room.¬† It’s a clever design, and I can see the cape lasting way past Age 4, as my daughter grows.¬† An adult version would be rather good too don’t you think!?

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The Baby Merino Silk DK was fabulous to knit with.¬† It’s a machine washable blend of merino wool and silk¬†which I discovered, when washed, has a beautifully soft feel to it.¬† The quality of the yarn is really important with clothes for little ones – they really appreciate something warm and light¬†but also soft against their skin.¬†¬†This yarn comes in a gorgeous range of colours¬†ranging from¬†more traditional¬†pale pastels to bright shades¬†that would be popular with¬†toddlers and older children.¬† In the brochure, the Louisa Cape is knitted in a lovely bright sunflower yellow – I think this would look amazing, but my daughter has an obsession with pink!

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You can check out the Rowan Studio 30 Collection here.¬† Go take a look at those gorgeous patterns for little girls and boys!¬† There are also two free patterns from this collection to download on Rowan’s website – just sign up for free to become a Rowan member.

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I’ll leave you with a couple of photos¬†of¬†my Tess of the¬†d’Urbervilles¬†rose¬†( David Austin Roses) – it seemed rather¬†fitting with the Rose yarn!

Happy Knitting

Claire X

P.S, if you love to knit clothes for children, keep an eye on my Facebook page and this blog for some exciting news coming soon about the new Rowan autumn/winter 2014 collection for little ones.

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 ūüôā

Happy Knitting!

Claire xx