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Thanksgiving Update - FO’s, Rowan Sock, Rowan Connect

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Latest Life LDC Knits youtube episode is up! This blog post is in addition to the video update (I always think of things to talk about or write about here that I haven’t in the other platform :) ) It’s Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada! I’ve got a lot to be thankful for this year! We moved…and I’m so thankful that all went well, that we have made a great decision for our future, that we are settling in! I’m thankful, yes seriously, to Rowan Yarns for their Rowan Connect events! I like (ed) to go to knit workshops and travelled yearly, usually to the UK, for events. With Covid all that stopped. (I was just about to get on a plane the Thursday before Canada shut down, but miraculously had made the decision to change plans and not worry about the expense of cancelling.) Rowan Connect is the on line portal for all things educational for Rowan. They held their first 2 day event this Spring and I attended! It was great to be at home (in your pjs if you wanted) and be able to zoom into pres

Magazine 72 Celebrates the 20th Anniversary of Kidsilk Haze!

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Magazine photos © Rowan Yarns Rowan Magazine 72 - In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Kidsilk Haze, Rowan has added 39 new shades to the Kidsilk Haze colour range! Magazine 72 dedicated a full design story to Kidsilk Haze….with new designs from all of our favourite Rowan designers, Kaffe, Brandon, Martin and Lisa, Erica and Chloe…just a few of the new designs here…. CHOUX (Erica Knight) NOVA (Quail Studio) WILD (Martin Storey) WONDERLAND (Chloe Thurlow) DAYDREAM (Lisa Richardson) FIREBIRD (Quail Studio) ZIGGY (Kaffe Fassett) and these designers have given us a rerun of their  favourite Kidsilk Haze designs…..so it’s a bit of a double dose of Kidsilk Haze bliss! Reprinted in the magazine is the Flora MacDonald design - an iconic cardigan, designed by Sarah Dallas. FLORA MacDONALD (Sarah Dallas) Originally in Rowan Magazine 30 and then Featured in the Rowan 40 Anniversary Collection My favourite Kidsilk Haze archive design? EARTH STRIPE WRAP (Kaffe Fassett) Rowan Magazome 42 Kaffe’

Rowan Magazine 71

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 I LOVE, seriously, Rowan Magazine 71 - it has something for every knitter and I’m having a hard time deciding on a knit for this season….what about you? Happy Knitting! Anne x If you don’t have a local Rowan stockist, and would like to support me in the production of my youtube review videos, click on the magazine 71 cover above to enter the Rowan web site via my affiliate link and I will earn a small commission on any purchase you make. Thank you! 

ABSTRACT - 10 hand knit designs by Georgia Farrell, Featuring Rowan Felted Tweed and Kidsilk Haze

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  ABSTRACT, by Georgia Farrell January 2022 release - This is Georgia’s 4th design collection using Rowan Yarns. Inspired Knits:12 Hand Knit Designs Influenced by Architectural Details and Shapes , Quail Studio, Aug 2017 My London , Rowan Yarns, Sept 2020 Rowan Selects Chunky Cashmere , Oct 2020 And now  Abstract , Jan 2022 Georgia has her own web site …. http://georgiafarrell.co.uk/home- ABSTRACT is a collection of 10 hand knit designs by Georgia Farrell. All inspired by her love of Architecture, Georgia created this collection in Rowan’s Felted Tweed and Kidsilk Haze yarns! We are all familiar with using these yarns held together…..Georgia does that but also sometimes uses one to accent the other. This collection features diagonal stripes, colour blocking, stocking stitch, reverse stocking stitch…two stitch cables and a slip stitch detail here and there! Designing a collecting takes time, and Georgia started this collection early in 2020 while we were all “staying home” and she obvio

Happy 2022! New Outlook, Literally!

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I started this blog post before recent world events and while I am concerned and disheartened about what is going on, I prefer not to focus on those events here…..but please do understand that my heart goes out to all who are affected in any way.  Anne x It’s February of a new year! ALREADY! It seems that time just flies by when you are busy staying home during a pandemic! Life slowed down, yet time just flew by. My knitting mojo was already flailing (for various reasons) and the pandemic didn’t help in that regard at all! I did turn to reading….and started the Inspector Gamache series by Louise Penny right from book 1 and thoroughly enjoyed them (again). There is a tv adaptation of these books being made, starring Alfred Melina as Gamache….and I’m looking forward to it with fingers crossed that the production company gives it the same attention as they did “The Crown”.  WORDLE became a morning ritual! (Have you tried it? Do you love it/hate it now that the NewYork Times has bought it?

Rowan Knitting & Crochet Magazine Number 70 - Platinum Edition!

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At 2 magazines a year, that’s 35 years of gorgeous designs, styling and photos!  Magazine 70 introduces extended sizing for their designs. Rowan has added one smaller, and 3 larger sizes to their standard size range…..so now all Rowan designs will be available to fit bust measurements 28-30 thru 60-62”.  In line with the expanded size range, two models are used in Magazine 70 to show the garments on different body types. One model is a 32” and the other is 43” and in many instances, they are shown wearing the same design, the same size. The photo shoot sample is not always the smallest size in this scenario….so it gives us knitters more things to think about when we are reviewing the collection. Sizing is a tricky thing …. When hand knitting, you can’t just slip on the various sides of a garment to decide which one suits your better….so you have to use your imagination and past experience to choose the right size of a particular garment. You don’t need to go with the ease as recommende

June/July Makes!

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I’d written a June post….but hadn’t hit the publish button. I do try to be upbeat, but in June I was obviously feeling the strain and what I’d written was while truthful, not what I want to project onto my readers/video blog watchers. I scrapped it, so let’s started again……. True confession - not much knitting has been going on. I just don’t have the mental focus.  When inspiration is lacking, sometimes it’s a good idea to do a deep tidy…all the nooks and crannies…..and voila, I came across my Lisa Richardson crochet-along blanket almost but not quite finished!  Why do we stall at the late stage in a project. Do we get bored? Does something new catch our eye and tempt us away? Who knows…..this poor blanket was rolled up in a bag with some loose squares just begging to be sewn up and displayed on the back of our couch. So, after some assessment, I decided that I’d cobble the last few squares that I had, make it more rectangular in finished size, do a border and voila….it is done! You ca