July 26, 2014

Diane’s Corner: Finest

Diane is here with her second yarn review of Rowan’s 2014 Fall/Winter line.  She thoroughly enjoyed knitting with this sumptuous cashmere blend, Finest.

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Rowan Finest is an extra-fine merino (50%), cashmere (20%) and alpaca (30%) fingering weight blend – what a wonderful combination!  It is sure to become a favorite luxury yarn for fine handknits. The resulting fabric is so wonderfully soft with excellent stitch definition.  I recommend using pointy needles with this yarn since the yarn is so delicate.  Finest is available in twelve beautiful colors.  The Rowan Finest book has vintage inspired patterns designed by Sarah Hatton using this decadent yarn.  An item made from Rowan Finest is truly something special.  We can’t wait to see what you make!

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July 24, 2014

Diane’s Corner: Rowan Chenille

We just received Rowan’s Fall/Winter 2014 collection and can’t wait to share it with you!  Diane will be reviewing each of our new arrivals, starting with Chenille.

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Chenille is a 100% cotton sport weight yarn.  Working with Chenille is a pleasure as the yarn is soft yet has some weight.  It is spun differently from other chenilles and shouldn’t “worm” as you knit with it.  The resulting fabric has a velvety, luxurious touch.  Chenille has great stitch definition and is available in twelve jewel-tone colors which make this yarn perfect for cables and textured stitches as well as colorwork projects.  Check out the pattern book for Chenille or try it for a great home accent such as Martin Storey’s Triangle Squares Cushion.

chenille-book_coverTriangle Squares Cushion

Have you ever worked with a chenille yarn that you found difficult to knit?  If so, you have to give this yarn a try.  It’s so refreshing to see wearable chenille on the market!  Take a look at our selection of colors here.


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July 5, 2014

Diane’s Corner: Zooey Yarn Review

Diane is no stranger to the wonders of linen blends.  Today she spotlights a new linen/cotton yarn from Juniper Moon Farm called Zooey.

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Zooey is a 60% linen, 40% cotton DK weight blend with a slight thick and thin texture.  The quintessential summer yarn, Zooey is machine washable (yay!) and softens up beautifully with washing.

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Zooey would be perfect for a summer tee such as Mari Chiba’s Garmi Top.  The Garmi Top is a great transition piece.  It can be worn alone in warmer weather or layered over a long sleeved tee through Fall.

Sizes: XS (S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X)
Finished Measurements: Bust: 30.5 (34.5, 38.5,42.5,46.5,50.5,54.5)”
Length: 22.5 (23.25, 24, 24.75, 25.5, 26.5, 27.5)”
Yarn: MC: 2 (3, 3, 4, 4, 5) balls Zooey in color #1 Sea Salt
CC: 1 (2, 2, 2, 2, 2) balls Zooey in color #4 Taro
Needles: US 6 – 24” circular needle, or size used to obtain gauge
US 2 – 24” circular needle
US 3 – double pointed needles or Size F (3.75 mm) crochet hook for neckline finishing
Gauge: 16 sts and 28 rows = 4” in St st in the round and in lace pattern st on larger needles


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June 16, 2014

Diane’s Corner: Pure Linen Yarn Review

Diane is guest blogging today about one of her summer crushes on Rowan’s Pure Linen.

pure-linen-styleReleased as part of Rowan’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection, Pure Linen has become a store favorite.  Made of 100% natural linen, Pure Linen has a soft sheen, relaxed drape and is easy on the hands during knitting.  Available in eight earth tones, it is the perfect yarn for the light weight knits of summer.  It’s great knit up in Yumiko Alexander’s Forest Weave pattern.

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If you’re looking for more pattern inspiration, Rowan released a Pure Linen collection that you have to check out.

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Check out the full color selection of Pure Linen here!

Happy knitting,

Diane


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