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Autumn Salsa – a Hat in Big Wool Colour

Hello Autumn!

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Meet Salsa, a hat designed by Lisa Richardson and knitted in Big Wool Colour from Rowan Yarns.

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My daughter loves her new hat – she’s a big fan of slouchy hats with bobbles…

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Big Wool Colour as you can see has a fun bright colour palette and is ideal for accessories.

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Its fantastic for the beginner knitter as projects can be easily completed within a matter of hours.

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Rowan Big Wool fans will also be pleased to hear that Big Wool Colour knits to Big Wool tension so knits to all Big Wool patterns.

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The Big Wool Colour Collection published by Rowan this autumn features 13 designs by Lisa Richardson using Big Wool and Big Wool Colour. Here are a few of my favourites:

Jitterbug:

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Foxtrot:

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Mambo:

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Fandango:

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Have you seen the recently published Simple Projects for Cosy Homes by Sarah Hatton?

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I love this collection, with gorgeous projects like these cushions that also make use of Rowan Big Wool.  I think they would look really great knitted up with Big Wool Colour too.  What do you think?

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And how about using Big Wool Colour for these sweet little knitted baskets?

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Thanks for popping by!
P.S I’ll be back soon with an update on my Alpaca Colour sweater – its all finished and good thing too, as the weather is certainly getting chillier!   Happy Knitting 🙂
Claire xx

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Dodgem in Rowan Fur and the new Big Accessories collection

I’ve just finished knitting ‘Dodgem’ in Rowan’s new yarn ‘Fur’.  Dodgem is a design by Sarah Hatton and is featured in the fabulous new ‘Big Accessories’ brochure published for this autumn winter 2015 season.  Its a really clever design featuring an integral loop and a collar shaped with short rows, plus it was super quick to knit.

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Dodgem requires 3 balls of Rowan Fur, pictured here in Brown Bear (092) and 7mm needles.  The yarn is made of wool with a little polyamide to bind.  It’s light, soft, cosy and warm and I think it’ll be very on trend this season – great for collars, cuffs, gillets, homeware and even toys and it can be purchased in a lovely natural colour pallete including the shades: Polar, Brown Bear, Bear and Panda.   I might even find myself knitting another ‘Dodgem’ in another shade – I’ve had a few requests already….

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Here’s some Rowan Fur in Bear 091, which I’m going to be using for another project – yes – I’m really pleased with this new yarn and will definitely be using it again 🙂

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The Big Accessories collection showcases some of Rowan’s chunkier yarns including one of my favourite yarns from last autumn winter season: Thick ‘n’ thin, together with Tumble, Alpaca Chunky as well as the new ‘Fur’ yarn, making all of the accessories super quick to knit.  There are 15 designs for men and women including hats, scarves, cowls, capes, a gillet and interesting neck pieces.  I’m really looking forward to knitting ‘Bandit’ next, featured on the cover of the Big Accessories book in the photo below.  Fingers crossed for snow this winter!

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Check out the ‘Big Accessories’ collection here and Rowan’s new Fur Yarn here.

Here are a few of my other favourites:

Helter: a gillet designed by Sarah Hatton, knitted here in Panda 093:

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Teacup, designed by Martin Storey and knitted in Thick ‘n’ Thin and Fur:

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Swingboat, designed by Lisa Richardson in Tumble:

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Skelter, designed by Sarah Hatton using Thick ‘n’ Thin:

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And Voltini, designed by Gemma Atkinson in Tumble:

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I’m off to pack for a family holiday in Cornwall now, and looking at the weather forecast, I think Dodgem might be sneaking into my bag….

Now to choose:  should I make space in my suitcase for clothes or yarn…. decisions, decisions….

Have a great weekend and thanks for popping by 🙂

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.