Friday, 18 July 2014

Rowan Ambassadors at "The Mill"

The time has come to let you in on the what happened at "The Mill"
full holds barred.....are you ready?
But first, a little history.....

The original "Rowan Weavers" operated from premises above a local shop in Holmfirth, but in 1979, Stephen Sheard and Simon Cockin, friends and business partners, bought the neglected Green Lane Mill building with the view to rejuvenate it and make it their home.

A chance meeting with Kaffe Fassett, a deal with a magazine, their first mail order kit, "Super Triangles Jacket" changed their focus toward knitting yarns, and "Rowan" was born.

the "Super Triangles Jacket"

Rowan thought that they "might" sell 400 of these kits.
Woman and Home magazine thought that this design called for
too many shades.....nobody would knit it!

over 7000 kits were sold!
in 1986, Rowan launched their twice annual Rowan Magazine series...
Kaffe Fassett, Sasha Kagan, Annabel Fox and Sandy Black had designs in this first magazine.

Over the years all of the great British hand knit designers have appeared in the Rowan magazines -
Jean Moss, Sarah Dallas, Erika Knight, Martin Storey, Susan Duckworth, Zoe Mellor,
Brandon Mably, Debbie Abrahams, Sharon Miller, Lucinda Guy, Lois Daykin, Stella Smith
and Jennie Atkinson.

Kim Hargreaves, Louisa Harding and Debbie Bliss
all started their careers with Rowan!
My subscriber package just arrived!  Magazine 56 along
with an excessive Members Collection of designs
and the members July Newsletter!

Knitters all over the world collect and treasure their Rowan magazines!  The Rowan International club is still going strong with over 7500 members.....all choosing to have their Rowan Magazines delivered to their door!  (click here to go to the Knitrowan web site for info on becoming a Rowan subscriber).

My personal history with Rowan started in 1990....when I walked into a LYS and saw Rowan Magazine's the second row, second intarsia sweater done in fine gauge cotton yarns.....gosh I was fearless back then!  That yarn sat for years in my stash...I'd open the box, play with the yarn, I even did a swatch!....until I finally admitted that I'd never knit it and sold it to a fan of intarsia...

This door has one of those super secret pushbutton access points....well....
it was WIDE OPEN for us!

Gosh, this post is getting a bit long... so I think I'll have to save the details for my next post.

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Then you won't miss my next post about what actually went on once we passed through these doors!

In the meantime....Lackie and Daisy are annoyed that I am busy knitting something that looks like a pull rope (a very fancy pull rope they admit) but actually isn't a pull rope.....they have decided just to ignore the silly thing that I keep playing with and just take a nap!

One yard of trim done (I haven't actually measured, but it feels like a yard!)

Did you participate in the Rowan Mystery Pure Wool Worsted Afghan KAL?  How are you doing?  Finished? Struggling? On the me?

Keep on knitting!


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Wednesday, 9 July 2014

The Rowan Ambassadors gather at the home of Rowan, the Green Lane Mill

I was so excited to be visiting the home of Rowan, "The Green Lane Mill" in Holmfirth.  This would actually be my third visit...but my first as a Rowan Ambassador.

Knowing what I'm like with jet lag, I decided to arrive one day early to catch up on sleep and do a recce of Holmfirth. After a long flight to London (our take off was delayed two hours), a scramble to rebook my connecting flight to Manchester, and having to read the railway timetable to figure out what train to catch to Huddersfield, a short taxi ride later and I was checked into my room.

my room, with a view...

Holmfirth was on the Tour de France route, and the village had done itself proud.

store fronts were decorated with bunting...

red and white flowers...and bunting of course!

this cafe had gone all "Tour de France" for the occasion!

and the main street just around the corner was heavily done up in "Tour" bunting!

There is a yarn shop in Holmfirth, called "Up Country" sells lovely european designer clothes too!

There it is - it had moved down the block from my last visit two years ago!
Up Country is a "Rowan At" stockist -which means it has a large selection of
Rowan Yarns in stock....I think Up Country has EVERY Rowan yarn that is available!

of course, being in the same town as Rowan Headquarters,

 one would be very disappointed if it didn't!
Up Country had yarn bombed this bicycle in honour of "The Tour"

I tried to have an early night, as I knew I would finally meet all of my fellow Ambassadors the next day!

The next morning, after a lovely breakfast in the hotel, I again hit the streets of Holmfirth - today's mission was to check out the near by restaurants. I was walking along the sidewalk, dodging rain showers, when I heard someone calling my name - there was Linda at the wheel, with Cindi and Kristin in the car with her.  Another car (arranged by Linda, driven by her volunteer son) had already deposited Konrad, Violetta and Dayana at the hotel.  Esther it turns out had arrived early that morning and was already out for a run! In turn everyone arrived....Maria, Ute (and her husband), Sarah and Anja...and finally Claire (after a bit of a wrong turn).  Finally we were all* together at a huge table in our hotel lounge.....and Karl (aka Karlatcoats), our "Man from Rowan" had arrived.

The Ambassador Gathering had begun!

(*Unfortunately, Jen couldn't make the trip - we missed her!)

Daisy knows how to keep
herself occupied....
but I know she missed me!

Next time I'll be reporting EVERYTHING that happened at the Mill!  If you don't want to miss this, I hope you will take a moment to "follow" or "subscribe" to Life LackaDaisiCal so that you can be notified when this new post is available!  

Want to read about my visit to the Rowan Mill in September 2011?  

Have you attended a Rowan Workshop at the Mill or at your favourite Rowan Stockist?  I'd love to hear all about it! 

Happy Knitting!