Friday, July 18, 2008

REVIEW: Rowan Autumn Winter 2008 Yarns

Rowan Autumn Winter 2008 Yarns
~ Colourscape Chunky
~ purelife British Sheep Breeds
~ purelife Organic Wool

Available: August, 2008
Where to Find:
Rowan Yarns

I'm really excited to tell you about three beauteous new yarns from Rowan's Autumn Winter 2008 line -- all are sure to become fast favorites in my own yarn stash.

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First up is Colurscape Chunky. Colourscape is a brand new label from Rown, with the Chunky kicking it all off. This gorgeous variegated yarn is 100% lambs wool (mmmm...soooooo squishy), which is incredibly soft to the touch and an absolute dream to knit with. I know because I couldn't resist casting on with it and have a Cross Stitch scarf in progress...

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The yarn just glides right over your needles and the colorway is vibrantly stunning! The yarn has a true hand spun feel to it and due to the specialized manner in which Colourscape is made, only a limited amount of each colorway can be produced by the mill... truly making it a must-have (if not must-hoard!) yarn for fall. Colourscape Chunky will be available this August in eight unique colorways.

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Rowan's ethical brand purelife is launching its second yarn, British Sheep Breeds - a yarn that is both ethical and sustainable, perfect for the discerning knitter who is careful about the impact she makes on the environment. This soft, simple wool is produced from annually renewable resources, shorn and blended from four British breeds (Jacob, Black Welsh, Blue-faced Leicester and Suffolk) and spun into five wonderfully pure, undyed shades.

British Sheep Breeds is supported by The British Sheep Breeds Collection, featuring 12 new designs by Marie Wallin. The yarn and pattern book will be available this August.


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Finally, we have the third yarn to be launched under the purelife brand, Organic Wool Naturally Dyed. This wool is incredibly soft and luxurious and like the British Sheep Breeds, is both ethical and sustainable. Organic Wool is produced from the fleece of sheep grazed on land free from pesticides and chemical fertilizers, and is then cleaned and processed in an environmentally friendly fashion. The colors come from natural plant dyes in eight dazzlingly beautiful colors reflective of their natural origns - from the chalky stone of parsley through the rich green of horsetail.

Organic Wool is supported by The Organic Wool Collection, featuring 12 modern and easy to wear designs by Marie Wallin. The yarn and pattern book will be available this August.

As mentioned, I am truly loving knitting with the Colourscape Chunky and I can't wait to find the perfect project for both the British Sheep Breeds and the Organic Wool!

The winner of the Doggie Knits book from a previous review was drawn via random number generator... (beginning with this drawing and going forward, I've opted to give every comment 2 numbers for the generator so that #1 and # last - who are rarerly ever drawn - have a fair shot... To use 22 comments as an example, #1 would get 1 and 23 ... #11 would get 11 and 33 ... #22 would get 22 and 44)

The first number was 25, which would have been Nancy, however since she asked me to pick another winner in her comment... next was 28, which matches up to # 6... Congratulations Sherri (be sure to stop by her blog and read about Oliver)! I will be in touch via email to get your mailing address!

5 comments:

Channon said...

Well, congrats to Sherri, and that Colourscape Chunky is very tempting...

Turtle said...

congrats Sherri. I agree the colourscape is gorgeous and i love the organics! Your knitting bag in the background. What does it say on it? (nosey curious minds want to know!!!smile)

gypsyknits said...

Congrats to Sherri!!!! YEAH!

That colourscape is beautiful! Enjoy!

Alice said...

Congrats To Sherri

Sherri said...

Thanks for the congrats everyone :) The sweaters in the book are adorable and I'm sure both my boys will look like the epitome of cool this winter with their new knitted wardrobes.

I may have to check out some of that British Sheep wool for them. It looks very tempting!