This weekend I am getting ready to go to the UK to visit Rowan Yarns at their mill in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire for a few days. As you may know, if you have read my ‘About’ page, I am one of 14 Rowan Ambassadors chosen by Rowan from all around the world because of our love for all things Rowan and our blogs and social media presence. Having used Rowan yarns almost exclusively for years and admired this brand and their designers from afar I am just dizzy with excitement with the prospect of walking through the door of the Rowan Mill along with the other Ambassadors, none of whom I have met yet……..just too much excitement!
It looks like it will be a busy but fun few days as Rowan have set a very interesting and engaging agenda for us. We will learn about the process of yarn selection and attend a Designer Workshop led by Marie Wallin on how designers go through the process of following a brief, conceptualising designs, sketching ideas, making swatches, pattern writing, design selection process, finalizing garments and photographing the finished product. We will also learn how well we have been doing as Rowan Ambassadors and enjoy a bus tour around Holmfirth which not only includes a journey around the film locations used in the filming of the world record breaking BBC comedy “The Last of The Summer Wine” but also incorporates some of the most beautiful scenery found in the foothills of the Yorkshire Pennines.
As I never go anywhere without my knitting I am using this post to decide what to take with me. I will probably not have much time to knit when I am at the mill but I will have lots of time on the plane and train journey.
I have finished all my Mystery Afghan knit-a-long squares and I’m just about to start the cable trim so I will bring that with me. Don’t forget to check the Rowan website this week for the making up instructions.
Before I started the afghan KAL I was in the middle of knitting up Lorne in Pure Linen in a lovely red/pink shade called Arabian. Here it is…….in process……
And here’s what it will look like when I’ve finished……………
Lorne, a drop stitch cardigan designed by Lisa Richardson shown here in the shade Colorado.
I would love to get back into my Pure Linen cardigan as I was enjoying knitting with this yarn made with 100% natural linen. The knitted fabric was developing a beautiful drape and the soft sheen of the yarn was giving the shade different color dimensions in the light. I really want to finish it soon as this yarn is ideal for light weight and elegant summer knits, that are easy and cooling to wear. In fact, I went a bit crazy and bought some more Pure Linen as I wanted to make Tamarara in white pictured below.
I also have a ball of Rowan’s new yarn Chenille in the shade Deep Sea (758) that I have been longing to use. Chenille is a 100% cotton yarn available in a 50 gram ball which feels so soft and squishy to the touch and will look great knitted up using cable and textured stitches. There are 12 jewel like colors to choose from making it ideal for color work or mixing with other Rowan yarns but will make very warm and cuddly garments knitted by itself.
There is also an accompanying pattern book, also called Chenille, featuring 12 designs including shrugs and wraps, cardigans and sweaters from Marie Wallin, Martin Storey, Lisa Richardson, Sarah Hatton and Gemma Atkinson. I’ve picked out three of my favorites……..
Velvet by Martin Storey, knitted using this gorgeous purple shade, Mulberry.
Serge Wrap by Sarah Hatton, knitted using the shade Winter White.
I definitely will take my ball of Chenille with some Kidsilk Haze on my journey and see what I come up with………………….
I also have some Original Denim, another new yarn from Rowan……well, actually a re-released yarn as some of you may remember it from a few years ago. Denim is a cotton yarn which behaves like denim fabric; shrinking on its first wash with the color fading slightly over time. It is available in two traditional blue denim shades.
There is an Original Denim online pattern collection featuring ten designs using this unique yarn and a book titled ‘Denim: The Next Generation’ which I am lucky enough to own. Here is a group shot showing all the designs.
I have promised that I will knit Breton Stripe, the sweater that Martin Storey (far left) designed and is wearing, for my husband. I think I will wait until I get home to start this project as I have far too much knitting come along for the ride already!
Now for things to Click on!
Click on the links below if you would like to view:-
Please let me know if you have ever visited the Rowan Mill and if you did, did you take a workshop and if yes which one and who with……I would love to know! Or are you going away too and taking some knitting or crochet project with you? What are you working on?Here’s how to leave a comment: click on the Leave a reply link found below at the bottom of this post or click here, and when the new page opens scroll to the bottom of the page to the ‘Leave a Reply’ box.
Thanks so much for reading my blog. If you would like to receive notification of new blog post containing information like the above please click here to subscribe.
If you would like to share pictures of what you are working on at the moment or any finished projects please visit my What Colours Make Facebook page and post pictures and comments and like if you like!
Happy Knitting and Crocheting and I’ll tell you all about my visit to Rowan when I return!