If Aran weight is your favourite!

If you love knitting Aran weight yarn, you are spoilt for choice this season!  Rowan is introducing two new Aran weight yarns!

First up - Hemp Tweed!

Yes, HEMP! (75% wool, 25% hemp)

I loved knitting with this....look at the soft tweed effect, beautiful stitches, a light feeling Aran! Another "breathable" combination....and the hemp keeps the knitted fabric from stretching out, while naturally softening with wear.

Hemp sounds like a pretty amazing addition to wool (my favourite fibre).

I LOVED knitting with this yarn (Yes, I know I've already said that!), so much that I'll be doing a bit of an "acid test" on it to see just how much I love it! (I've said it before, and I'll say it again....buy a ball of yarn, take it home, swatch with it, wash it, block it, rub it up a bit....see how it reacts. Is this a yarn you can live with? If it is, then it is worthy of your knitting time.)

I'd buy this collection of designs by Lisa Richardson
 just because of the cover photo!
Who hasn't imagined themselves walking through a field,
 leading a beautiful white horse!

The styling of this collection so reminds me
of what I "see" when I think Rowan.
If you are like me and have the older magazines,
check out the "Free Spirit" section in Magazine 18.

Just to wet your appetite for this fabulous collection....here are a few of my favourites! This is a great collection if you like to knit for the men in your life! of the 14 designs by Lisa, 5 of them are for men! Cables, textures, and slip stitch colour work are all here! 

I'm showing you photos here that are more evocative of mood, rather than knit detail...but not to worry, there are great detail photos in the collection.

Click here to see ALL of the designs in the Hemp Tweed collection. I think you will agree that Lisa Richardson has done an outstanding group of designs for both men and women! 

This collection was photographed in the "New Forest". If you are an animal lover like me, you'll really appreciate the behind the scenes story that is shared in this design book....such a tease, aren't I!

Hubby and I visited the New Forest just last month...
and you have to be aware of
the animal inhabitants of "the common".

I will get to blogging about this when the excitement of the new yarns
 dies down and I settle into serious knitting! :)

Next time...

Happy Knitting!

Anne :)
(with Lackie and Daisy at her feet)

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  1. Replies
    1. Our favourite yarn store is bringing this in :)

  2. Who would have thought hemp would be so nice, right?

    1. Yes, I am surprised....it knits up beautifully, feels wonderful and the dedicated patterns are fabulous!

  3. so wonderful to hear about the new yarns and hear your take on the patterns. I agree - it's always a delight to see the photo shoots. They always manage to transport you to another time and place. Cheers ! Mel

  4. I'd love more behind the scenes shoots....it would have been fun to see how they managed with the horse in this shoot.... :)


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