Steve Sheep


Shuggie Sheep first shot to fame at Yarndale in Sept last year. He’s a squishy, cuddly sheep and the lovely people of Yarndale couldn’t resist him!

But fame comes at a price. And after seeing all the attention Shuggie was getting –  Steve the Black Sheep (Shuggie’s long lost cousin) has come out of the woodwork looking for his moment in the limelight.

You can probably tell from his startled expression above that this is worrying Shuggie greatly. But being such a lovely sheep – he’s taking it all in his stride and has agreed to let Steve come along to Woolfest with us this week!

We’re not going to give Steve the media attention he so desperately craves, so he won’t be available online – just as a limited edition knit kit at Woolfest (and Yarndale if we have any left!).


See you at Woolfest! x

Rowan Animals

Introducing the Rowan Animals!

The first animals I made for this collection were Oliver and his family of owls – they’re my favourites. I liked the idea of the mum and dad having Fair-isle tummies and the babies being plain – as if they’ve not got their final feathers yet.

Patrick the Panda works well as a doorstop, with his chunky bottom – or if just filled with normal stuffing, he makes a great toy. Patrick is named after the wonderful Patrick Swayze (for not reason in particular!)

Sausage dog is an excellent draught excluder and has been keeping my draughty living room nice and cosy for a while. I’m a bit obsessed with yellow at the moment and I think Sausage really rocks his yellow and teal jumper!

Matthew Bear is named after a friend from school who was always known as Bear (but was actually called Matthew). The Rowan British Sheep Breeds Fine Bouclé really lends itself to soft cuddly toys. Keeping up my yellow obsession – Matthew has a lovely mustard coloured tweed tie knitted in Rowan Fine Tweed.

Sophie Sheep is named after my friend Sophie – I will have to get her to name Mr Sheep and the babies for me! I couldn’t resist making a family of sheep from the most sheepy looking yarn Rowan have – British Sheep Breeds Fine Bouclé.

All of the Rowan Animals are available as individual PDFs for £4, or you can purchase the whole collection for £12 here.

Happy knitting! x