Friday, 5 August 2016

Rowan "Selects"

Indie dyers are known for their special edition shades or bases. Fans will queue up for hours for that one skein of Rhinebeck colourway....or subscribe to yarn clubs to get their hands on luxurious bases.....all limited editions!

Rowan is bringing the limited edition concept to their retailers and knitters with the Rowan "Selects" program.

"Selects" will be yarns available in limited quantities....once the production is gone......it's gone!

These yarns will be supported by a collection of patterns designed specifically for each Select yarn. These collections will be available free with purchase at your yarn retailer! I believe that there might also be additional free patterns available on the Rowan web site.

Right now, I only see one retailer offering their Select yarns on a pre-order basis! This is in the UK. Here in Canada (and North America) I haven't seen any Selects offered yet.

So if any of these yarns interest you....do your sleuthing, and if you find some, don't hesitate!

First Up!

ROWAN CASHMERE!

It's a DK weight yarn, 95% Cashmere and 5% Wool
There are 72m/82yds per 25 g ball
Recommended tension is 20 sts and 28 rows per 10cm
Recommended Needle size - 4.5mm (US 7)

As this is a super wash yarn, the care instructions are mild machine wash at maximum 30 degrees C, dry flat

Martin Storey was tasked with the designs for this luxurious yarn!

Who more worthy of Cashmere than that special little someone in your life (sized for babies up to 18 months)



and then, who else more worthy than the knitter her (or him) self.....or for special gifts for your fabulous friends!




Let me know if your LYS is offering the Rowan Select yarns! I am willing to travel to see this Cashmere in person! (As a Rowan Ambassador, I usually receive a sample ball of new yarns....but the Cashmere and the next Select yarn are so limited in supply, the Ambassadors didn't even get a sample ball! So I am intrigued as my recent experience with Cashmere made me a Lover of this truly luxurious fibre!)

Happy Knitting,

x Anne

(with Lackie and Daisy at her feet, in the cool of the basement, because it's ANOTHER stiflingly hot day here in Southern Ontario! If you're in the middle of a heat wave, stay cool! and if you're not, I envy you!)



Wednesday, 3 August 2016

The "Core" Rowan



Rowan has decided to focus on a select "Core" group of yarns. 20 of them!

This core group includes all the classic Rowan yarns, like Kidsilk Haze, Felted Tweed, Cotton Glacé, Denim, Handknit Cotton, Kid Classic and Big Wool...

and the best of the newer yarns.....Baby Merino Silk DK (not just for babies), Fine Lace, Hemp Tweed and the Summerlite cottons (4 ply and DK).

Colour ranges have been streamlined also.....creating a classic, sophisticated palette of shades.

The cull wasn't easy to do (per David MacLeod, Rowan's Design Manager) but this bold move will allow the design team to focus their support on the yarns that we all love!

There have been so many new yarns introduced in the last few years, that even a hard core Rowan officionado like me couldn't keep up. Yarns were introduced, then just as quickly discontinued. This was rather annoying for us knitters....and I can't imaging how the retailers coped!

Of course, there are favourite yarns that have been discontinued....and if you are like me and don't mind adding to your stash, you could pick up more of your faves before they disappear!

Here's a list of the discontinued yarns....anything on there that you can't imaging not having? I'm struggling with the Fine Art sock yarns (there are two Lisa Richardson designs I have to make :) ) and the Pure Linen....oh the Pure Linen.

Here is a list of the discontinues yarns, in case you need to stash up :)


While this focus on a core selection is great....we all like a little new and exciting every once in a while...right? Rowan has a concept in the works for those of us who like to try new yarns....more on that tomorrow!

Happy Knitting,

x Anne 
(in the finishing stages of her Nagano in Pure Linen...what are you knitting? )