Cowl Weather is Coming!

Knitting cowls are my weakness! I could be in the middle of knitting something I really want to get done but if I see a cowl I want to do I often get side tracked. They feel like a quick little project that doesn’t take up much time. To me cowls (or snoods as they are often known in the UK) are much more desirable than a scarf. I hate that you have to wrap a scarf and then it unravels and then it drops on the floor… UGH! Anyways!

I came across 2 balls of Rowan Aran Tweed that mom and I got in a goody bag when we went to visit Rowan up in West Yorkshire. I looked up the yarn in Ravelry to get some ideas and came across this lovely cowl…

The Illusion Cowl

The Illusion Cowl

I loved that I could use both colours I had and it called for 2 balls of each. It was destiny! It’s even reversible!…

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I’m going to add a couple of more stripe repeats to use up more of the yarn but I’m still over half done. Now we just need some cool weather to use it! It got up to 24 degrees here in southern Ontario this week. Crazy right!

Fall Inspiration

Well the KW Knitter’s Fair was on Saturday and it always makes me actually believe that autumn is a reality. I have a love hate relationship with fall because I think it’s one of the most beautiful seasons we have in Canada but it also signifies that winter is coming. Some people try to tell me that they love winter. Bull…!!! Seriously! Maybe you’d love winter if you lived in Whistler and could ski for free everyday but come on! It’s cold and dark and depressing, lol! The only thing I like about winter is having our fireplace on in the family room and those lovely sunny days we get where the snow is glistening, the sky is blue and all seems right with the world.

I digress…as usual I worked at Julie’s booth from the Needle Emporium at the fair. John was very cute on Saturday morning because I woke up and he was already dressed in a vest I knit him years ago. He wasn’t coming to the show but he was showing great solidarity, eh…

Noro Silk Garden

Noro Silk Garden

Here are some shots of the booth…

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The Technicolour Cowl Kits were particularly popular and we almost sold out! Here’s the one mom knit for me this summer…

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Don’t worry if you missed the show in Kitchener you can join us in Woodstock on October 17th at the fibre and fleece festival. Click here for more info. I haven’t been to this show in ages so am looking forward to seeing what’s what. More than anything these shows are good inspiration. I always come home and feel like knitting again.

Kaffe Fassett

A few weeks ago I saw an ad in Molly Makes for a Kaffe Fassett exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum. We looked at our calendar and yesterday was free so off we went on the train to London. We grabbed the Northern Line from St. Pancras to London Bridge and after a short walk around the station we arrived…

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I’m sure you just want to take a peek at this lovely exhibit so I’ll just saw it was a feast for the eyes! It was amazing to see his work over so many different areas of handy work. I bet many will recognise quilts from his books and sweaters from old Rowan magazines. Julie a the Needle Emporium probably has many of these in the basement of her store! Take note of the lovely tumbling block knit blanket wall hanging, Julie has this one in her house, gorgeous!

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In a separate room you could buy fabric and there was a colour workshop going on that was lead by Kaffe. You can see him on the bottom right bending down to sign someone’s book…

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The exhibit runs for a bit longer so if you can get there, do!

Rowan Surprise

A big thank you to Julie, yes Needle Emporium Julie, because she was able to hook mom and I up with a fabulous meeting at Rowan headquarters in Holmfirth up in Yorkshire…

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I’m wearing a felted tweed sweater which was the 3rd thing I ever knit after meeting Julie and the store. I thought it appropriate for the occasion. We were quite the privileged guests because we got some very sneak peaks at the new winter line up.
We started in the reception area and the lady working there was lovely and I think has been with Rowan for about 18yrs?…She was working hard after the Bank Holiday weekend…

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Things to see in the lobby too…

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We did see the room where most visitors hear talks and do workshops but it was in quite a state because they are getting ready for their yearly garment sale so we got the go upstairs!

On the way up we saw the wall where they frame and hang all of their covers…notice top left, the first cover!…

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We saw sales and market support for the UK, there were a lot more people than I thought working here. Then we went into the office where the special decision making people work. There is someone that coordinates the photo shoots, a liaison with the knitters who keeps on top of patterns etc. Sorry I can’t remember names and extra job roles but I remember the guy at the front of the picture looks after the website and computer related things…

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Everyone seemed extremely nice.

David, design room manager, was super kind enough to show us around and took us upstairs to give us a bit of a history of Rowan and their design process etc. They are designing 18mths in advance so they weren’t really thinking of the new issue I don’t think! We did get to hold a copy hot off the press though, very cool. We also saw many of the new garments from the new book and got the touch them. They are going back to their roots for this issue. I really love one of the colour worked cardis. Very traditional and timeless looking. I know I’m being a bit vague but we were sworn to secrecy!

We even got goody bags that we were very excited about. David was funny because he thinks it’s cute that everyone gets so excited about visiting because he works there everyday! After meeting with us he was going to a university fashion school fashion show. I think it’s really cool and smart to invest in the newest up and coming talents. This helps to keep Rowan at the couture end of knitting I’m sure.

In our goody bags we were pleased to get a ball each of the new winter yarns!!! I have them all here in my hot little hands but sorry promised not to show them yet! When I hear from Julie that she’s got them in the store I’ll show you what we got. I did get a few things I can show, the new Rowan baby book, sooooooo cute and some pamphlets and posters etc…

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