Thursday, February 4, 2016

A few more words about Martin Storey... and a picture of SARK!

So many great patterns over the years from Martin Storey..... and here are some words about the Rowan KAL --

Remember -- Rowan started a worldwide KAL last Friday -- with another set of blocks from Martin.

“Once again, this KAL has been designed with the beginner knitter in mind.  In the first KAL, we explored simple texture created by knit & purl stitches, together with simple lace and cable techniques.  Having gained those skills, I've developed them a stage further and, in this blanket, we start to create more recognisable motifs in both one colour and two colour squares.  Delicate motifs in simple texture, lace and  a further option that introduces the beginner knitter to a simple bead technique, patterns and different stitches. Linking all these motif squares together and introducing a brand new 'colourwork' skill for this KAL, I have designed three squares using two colours, without the 'fairisle-headache' of stranding or weaving the yarns at the wrong side of work. All will be revealed in time……….!”

So many of our Cast on Cottage customers ask about color work (or is that "colour") -- I thought it might be helpful to post this -- just to show that everyone seems to be a bit apprehensive about it!  Even across the pond!  Speaking of KAL, there will be an update on the Rowan site every "fortnight."

The link to the free KAL from rowan is at

The Sark wrap is ongoing... and we continue to get good comments from our customers far away from the shop (we mailed out a lot of Rowan Kid Classic!) -- Let us know how you are doing!

Ethel came in the shop today... and here is her progress report.  Pretty impressive!

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