Rowan swatch party (and a giveaway!)


Hey hey! I don't know what the weather is like where you live, but around here we've been seeing a lot of snow. (Like almost 12" in 24 hours.) Which means lots of shoveling, lots of layers, lots of blankets and, of course, it's the perfect time for knitting. I haven't had a chance yet to show off some of my favorite new Rowan yarns from the Autumn/Winter release so I decided to knit up some swatches and let the yarn do the talking. From left to right, we have Brushed Fleece, Rowan Fine Tweed, Rowan Finest, Fazed Tweed and Chenille.


The dark blue swatch on the left is one of my new favorite yarns (of all time.) This is Brushed Fleece – lightweight but extremely warm and not itchy whatsoever. I'm knitting a cardigan (called Stour) with Brushed Fleece right now. The green swatch was made with Rowan Finest, which is luxurious and oh-so-soft. This yarn is a blend of extra fine merino, cashmere and royal alpaca wool. The marled blue and white swatch is a new yarn called Fazed Tweed, and is (in my opinion) the most innovative of the bunch! Fazed Tweed is a mix of wool and fine alpaca with a filled tube-like construction held together with a fine net-like fiber. Finally, on the far right is Chenille, which is absolutely gorgeous in person. Chenille is 100% cotton, very soft and has a great texture that makes it super fun to knit with.


And I didn't get around to making swatches for these guys, but another favorite yarn that I'm loving this season is definitely Rowan Fine Tweed. It comes in a zillion fantastic shades that all work amazingly well together.  This is a beautifully soft, 100% wool, traditionally spun tweed yarn made in one of the few surviving mills in Yorkshire. But again, the colors are what draws me to this yarn ... it's perfect for colorwork and Rowan offers tons of gorgeous patterns that encourage you to let your imagination run wild with color combinations.

GIVEAWAY!


THE PRIZE


One lucky reader will win will get a ball of Chenille, Fazed Tweed and Brushed Fleece. (I might have a few more secret surprises from Rowan to throw in your package as well!)


HOW TO ENTER


  • Comment below telling me what you are knitting right now.
  • Like Rowan Yarns on Facebook.


THE RULES


  • U.S. residents only. (Sorry!)
  • Giveaway is open until February 16th, 2015 at 11:30 PM CST.
  • Comments must include a valid email address or Ravelry ID so I can contact you if you are the winner. :)
  • Winner will be chosen via random number generator and will be contacted within 48 hours after giveaway ends. 

Best of luck and thanks so much for reading!

32 comments:

  1. Yum! That yarn is beautiful. I've been knitting squares with scrap yarn to stitch together to make a blanket, and I've been weaving, too.

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    1. And my email is courtneykimsey@gmail.com

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    2. That is going to be an awesome blanket – super cool idea!

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  2. Ooh, awesome giveaway, I'd love to give those yarns a try, it's been a while since I've knit with Rowan! Right now I have a sweater for me, a cowl, a Curl and a baby sweater on the needles! Eeek! I'm Stefaniegrrr on Ravelry. Thanks!

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    1. You're on a roll this winter – and I just recently found out about Curls! Super cool.

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  3. Oh I'd love to win that Rowan! I'm still knitting up my Summit shawl and the hemlock ring blanket turned Christmas tree skirt!

    nicdowell is my Rav i.d.

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    1. I can't wait to see that Summit shawl!

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  4. I am knitting Larch Cardigan with Renew Wool, but I have an itch to knit color work next. I love the Rowan fine tweed and knit Peerie Flooers with it years ago and it is still my favorite FO!
    bbatting on ravelry

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  5. I'm on a shawl kick right now, & since I just finished Brickless & 22 Little Clouds, I just cast on this morning for Ice Cream! I'm using hot pink, neon peach & an accent of a cobalt blue! It's aran weight, so it should be nice & cozy!

    Ami :)

    amibug (ravelry)

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  6. Knitting Jane Richmond's Inland for one of my husband's employees and a cabled pullover for my 4 year old. Rav amchart

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  7. I'm knitting socks because I'm ALWAYS knitting socks. I have a skein of Rowan Fine Art I need to try sometime soon.
    wahoomerryf on Ravelry

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  8. I have been working on some crochet things - shawl, hat, useful pot scrubbies... I have a half-knit little carrot sitting alone on one shelf and the start of a little warrior mouse on another.

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    1. oops! afamilytreehouse on Ravelry

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  9. I just finished my first baby sweater! So hard!!

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  10. I am currently working on a pair of legwarmers in a neat spiral rib pattern I found on the Purl Soho website. I am also going to start a pair of fingerless mittens for a friend.

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  11. I'm knitting some fingerless gloves. I'm thinking of the Rowan Kaffe Fasset blanket next...

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  12. Currently working on a men's vest. Not my usual knitting but I'm always up for a challenge. alcbrooks on Ravelry if I am so lucky.

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  13. I'm knitting my first sock. I had to undo it because I tried to knit while talking and somehow managed to make a hole where there shouldn't have been one.
    (I do like Rowan on FB as Sabrina A and my e-mail is bybreenah-at-gmail-dot-com)

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  14. The list is long and distinguished: a Dandy Sir Cephalopod, a Hugo the Couch Potato Monster, colorwork mitts, biking arm warmers, 2 SBA shawls, a Nurmilintu shawl, two pairs of socks, and a colorwork hat in Rowan Felted Tweed. So obviously I need more yarn for more projects! RavID NDAKKatie

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  15. Right now I'm knitting a hat with my Donegal Tweed yarn and man, oh man, would I love to knit other hats with the yarn you're offering!
    - afistfuloflemons @ gmail.

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  16. Great yarn! I'm currently knitting the double seed stitch blanket from The Purl Bee that was originally going to be for my mother-in-law. She passed away before I could finish it so when it is done it is going to my sister-in-law. It was in my MIL's favorite color so it will be a nice item to remember her mother by.
    - kimforsythe at gmail dot com

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  17. I'm knitting a diagonal rib scarf for a friend of mine, a (small) pair of socks for another friend, a Belgian Waffle Boomerang scarf for my own self, and a hat to match the Steven West Daybreak shawl I finished earlier this winter. Really too many things! LOL! I'm jenn0025 on revelry and my email is jenn.teichmann at gmail dot com.

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  18. This giveaway looks very interesting. It's always exiting to knit with a different yarn.
    I've finished 'Kiki' from the Honey book by Kim Hargreaves. Now I started 'Alda' from the Rowan magazine 57. In between of these 2 projects I've knitted a snood in Rowan Tweed and a scarf in Rowan Frost together with Kidsilk Haze. This is a very fine combination, soft and luxurious In the evening I' m always knitting its like a therapy .
    Fabienne.degrauwe@telenet.be

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  20. I'm finishing up Imagine When by Joji Locatelli and about to start a Bandwagon by Jen Lucas. Can't have too many shawls!

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  21. I am working on a "hoodie" for my 15 year old son in a soft lichen green. Teenage boy who requests mama-made knits=happy mama!

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    1. Mama Minou's email is heather_e_young at yahoo

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  22. I have both a cowl and earwarmer headband on the needles!

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  23. I finally got a billion projects off the needles, and am just working on the Stockholm cowl now! I love giveaways!
    Rav id: kkpwnall

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  24. Hi rcyc mystery shawlette 2015 version. And plus size v necked cardigan in sunrise orange. Rubybeholder on rav.

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