Rowan AW20 – Jem’s picks

The new Rowan Autumn/Winter collections have launched! Here are a few of my faves…

Dumfries cardigan from Rowan Magazine 68

Dumfries by Emma Wright from Magazine 68 – knitted in Alpaca Classic.

I love the tassels and the relaxed shape of this. Alpaca Classic is light but warm so this would be a great extra layer.

Moonflower coat from Rowan Magazine 68

Moonflower by Martin Storey from Carousel – knitted in Alpaca Soft DK.

This is gorgeous! The pattern and the colour combinations are beautiful and I can see myself snuggling up in our cold house wearing this.

Wrap cardigan from Mode at Rowan The Bloggers Edit

Darcy cardigan by Samantha Hall from The Bloggers Edit – knitted in Alpaca Classic and Kidsilk Haze.

I’ve already cast this one on! I used to have a cardigan similar to this and I wore it to death so I know I love the shape. I think it’ll look good with my new summer dress – and make it more winter friendly. Of course I’m knitting mine in teal!

Have you cast on any winter garments yet?

Yarn gifted by Rowan.

Rowan SS20

Rowan launched their new Spring/Summer collections last weekend and there are some gorgeous garments… here are my faves!

Lace Sweater by Chloe Thurlow from Mode at Rowan Collection Two, knitted in Summerlite 4ply.

I love this jumper – it would be so nice over a summer dress. A great extra layer for the unpredictable UK weather.

Striped Tank Top by Chloe Thurlow from Mode at Rowan Collection Two, knitted in Handknit Cotton.

Super cute and simple! I’d love to go extra nautical with navy and white stripes.

Bowie by Lisa Richardson from Rowan Magazine 67, knitted in Fine Lace.

Just look at those flouncy sleeves! This would take forever to knit… it’s going on the long list.

Bari by Lisa Richardson from Rowan Magazine 67, crocheted in Summerlite 4ply.

There’s a whole section of crochet in the main magazine this season which is great – this might be a good starter project for me!

Palermo by Lisa Richardson from Rowan Magazine 67, crocheted in Summerlite 4ply.

I love this! Pretty sure it’s beyond my crochet skills right now but you never know.

Which is your fave? Are you summer knitting yet?

Rowan Autumn/Winter

I’m still hoping we have some summer left, but the cooler weather has got me looking forward to Autumn and snuggly jumpers!

August brings us the launch of the new Rowan collection and Magazine 64 is a special ruby anniversary edition to celebrate 40 years of Rowan!

Here are my top picks…

Cinnabar by Galina Carroll

Cinnabar by Galinna Carroll

Knitted in Cashmere Tweed and Alpaca Soft DK with Kidsilk Haze embroidery, this is a gorgeous bit of cosy winter wardrobe luxury!

Redwood by Sarah HattonRedwood by Sarah Hatton

A lovely classic jumper knitted in one of my favourite yarns – Kid Classic

As well as the anniversary edition of the main mag, Rowan have launched a gorgeous new yarn – Alpaca Classic. It’s so soft, fluffy, lightweight and lovely to knit with… I have patterns in the planning!

I’m also loving the new Around Holme book – a collection of classic, wearable garments by Lisa Richardson using Felted Tweed, Valley Tweed and Cashmere Tweed.

Malham by Lisa Richardson

I always like to have a simple knit on the go and I love this really simple, classic cardigan knitted in Valley Tweed. The yarn creates such a lovely texture that it doesn’t necessarily need a textured stitch.

New Vintage DK is a great collection of designs from Lisa Richardson, Martin Storey, Sarah Hatton, Vibe Ulrik, Georgia Farrell and Quail Studio.

Mullion by Sarah Hatton in Softyak DK

How beautiful is this?! I’m in love with that lace panel in the back.

Gallerie by Georgia FarrellGallerie by Georgia Farrell in Alpaca Soft DK

I love the relaxed shape of this cardigan and it would be so gorgeously soft and cosy in Alpaca Soft.

Are you planning your Autumn/Winter knits yet?

Rowan Mag 63

I don’t know about you…but I’m very ready for Spring now!

I’m keen to get out to do some gardening without the risk of chilblains, walk around in flip flops (or at least less than two pairs of socks) and to do some summer knitting!

The new Rowan Magazine is now in the shops and I thought I would share my top picks so you can join me in dreaming about long days, warm feet and blue skies…

Nabeela by Martin Storey

I love the colours and stitches in this cardigan – and the different textures created by combining Softyak DK, Felted Tweed, Kidsilk Haze and Fine Lace.

Barlin by Sarah Hatton

Knitted in Creative Linen – I love this beautiful and simple everyday cardigan.

Beswick by Sarah Hatton

I want this whole outfit! But particularly the cardigan – it’s blooming gorgeous. Knitted in Original Denim.

Garima by Marie Wallin

Yummy shoulder detail and a lovely shape for the soft drape of Summerlite 4ply.

Which brings me onto the other exciting news…

There are lots of amazing new shades to play with in Summerlite! I even felt compelled to stick little hearts on my shade card.

I would definitely recommend popping into your local Rowan stockist to check them out in person.

And just look at this new shade of Handknit Cotton… I’m pretty sure they made this for me?

Are you ready for Spring to arrive or are you still getting Hygge?


Rowan Magazine 62 – My Favourites!

I’m loving the new Rowan Autumn/Winter magazine and I’m knitting up my Softyak cardie as quickly as I can so that I can cast on something new!

The first patterns that jumped out at me and made me long for crisp winter days were Sweeting and Gloaming – both designed by Lisa Richardson.

I love long cardies with pockets and the hood on Sweeting is gorgeous! Sweeting is knitted in Rowan Kid Classic which is one of my favourite yarns and Gloaming is one strand each of Kidsilk Haze and Fine Lace which I adored when I made Captivate by Kim Hargreaves. But I’ve already knitted a couple of long cardies so these will be going on the wish list.

The same goes for Wilshaw by Georgia Farrell in Rowan Big Wool. It’s gorgeous and going on the list!

I adore the cabled Kid Classic cosiness of Sykes by Martin Storey…but I’ve also fallen a little bit in love with another cable jumper by Martin Storey – Buttrick, which is knitted in Hemp Tweed. I haven’t knitted a garment in Hemp Tweed yet, but loved using it for my Dice Cowl and really want this jumper!

Fumbar by Marie Wallin is the perfect little yoked sweater in Felted Tweed…and I think I have just about enough to knit this, so that will be a great addition to the capsule winter knits wardrobe.

But before I do anything else – I want a nice simple jumper that will go with everything in preparation for my capsule wardrobe/me made may challenge. So I think the next thing on the needles will be Lund by Sarah Hatton.

Lund, Rowan Mag 62

Although it is a possibility that I might accidentally cast on this and Buttrick and Meriden from Rowan Loves 5 at the same time…!



This week I got to spend a few days fondling and hugging yarn on the Rowan stand at the ‘Stitches’ trade show.

Yarn hug

It’s no secret that my favourite part of the day job with Rowan is nattering with knitters and merchandising yarn…so trade shows and consumer shows are always good fun.

We had a beautiful new display fixture, lots of gorgeous yarn to fill it with and no shortage of passionate and inspiring yarn shop owners!

We showcased lots of new things for Spring/Summer – including the super cute new book from Martin Storey, Little Rowan Explorers, and Quail Studio’s latest – Kids Essential Knits. These and other new Rowan books are hitting the shops now – so keep your eye out at your local yarn shop!

We also had an exciting sneak preview of the first in a new series of books from Kim Hargreaves! Coming soon…x

Brona Jumper

I’ve finally finished my Brona Jumper!

I looked back through my blogs and I wrote a blog entitled “Brona Jumper (sort of finished)” last April! So it’s almost a year since I finished the knitting after battling with the wonky lattice sections, running out of yarn, a fair amount of tinking and some angry words.

After knitting, I put the pieces away for a while, then blocked them to shape, then back into hibernation for a few months and then I finally sewed it up at the end of last year. It then took me a couple more months to get around to sewing in the ends because I’ve been so busy secret knitting (shhh).

I’m really pleased with it! The Mohair Haze is very soft and cosy and I’m not finding it itchy, which is sometimes a problem with mohair. It fits beautifully and although it’s not a great colour to photograph – a navy jumper is a handy addition to my wardrobe.

So…please make me feel better – have you been working on something for well over a year?!

Yarn provided by Rowan.

Jamie Cardigan

I finished Jamie just in time for Yarndale and it kept me so warm and cosy. I love the yarn, the colour, the cables, the lovely buttons from Textile Garden, the pockets…all of it.

I did use a ball and a bit more than the pattern suggested – but I was generous with the length because of my long body and added about an inch to the sleeves. I still think the yarn usage would have been a bit tight though so I would recommend an extra ball if you’re knitting this. Especially as the yarn (Rowan Superfine Merino) is now discontinued so you want to make sure you have enough before starting!


Selfish knitting seems to be taking me an eternity at the moment! Now that I’ve finished this cardigan I will be taking a bit time to finish a couple of gifts, sew up my Brona jumper and then it will be lots of secret (exciting) work knitting for me!

Yarn supplied by Rowan.

A New Chapter

Fyne-Slipover-2_LIt’s just over two years since I wrote my blog about giving up the day job – and today I’m really excited to let you know about my new day job!

After working for Coats Crafts for 6 years, I hugely missed visiting lovely retailers and of course I missed receiving all the advanced information and Rowan samples. I’ve been a fan of Rowan for years and the Fyne slipover opposite is almost entirely responsible for my Felted Tweed addiction! But the job wasn’t allowing me time to work on projects outside of work and giving up the day job was definitely the right decision for me at the time.

I’m very happy to say that I now have a part-time job with Mez crafts (who own Rowan) and as of Monday 15th August I will be working as a Brand Account Manager. I can’t wait to work with my Rowan family again and I’m really looking forward to getting started and visiting our lovely Rowan stockists.

As the job is part-time, it means I will have time outside of work to continue my freelance work – so you will still see me at shows and workshops and I have plenty of new designs planned as well as a knit-along for 2017!

My first day coincides beautifully with an event celebrating Rowan’s 60th magazine! Kaffe Fasset will be will be hosting a talk on his career and the history of his association with Rowan. Hopefully I’ll see some of you there?

And here’s a little peek at Rowan Mag 60 for you x