Hands Up Who Loves Rowan!

by Heather on June 9, 2014

Me, me, ME!!!

As a knitter from England, I have haboured a love affair with Rowan Yarn since I first saw their display in my local John Lewis haberdashery department, sometime in the late 1980’s. A quality brand with wonderfully textured yarns in divine colour stories that made my mouth water, and my fingers twitch to get knitting. I eagerly awaited the twice yearly publication of the Rowan Knitting and Crochet Magazine – in my opinion, the most beautifully styled and photographed collection of patterns I had ever seen. I shared my Rowan magazines with my Mum and together we slowly flipped through the large pages, discussing which designs we wanted to knit. I don’t think my Mum ever started a project by herself, but at her request, I knitted a few of the designs for her. For myself, I used the patterns as a starting point and made alterations to the designs, slight changes in fit, trims or colour patterning. The written patterns became the style guide, which I later followed to create my own patterns, so Rowan has indeed been a huge inspiration to me in my hand knit design career.

A couple of years ago, I introduced myself to Martin Storey, a designer for Rowan, at a TNNA trade show. We chit chatted about designing and I mentioned my love of all things Rowan. He suggested that I should contact the Rowan team about designing for them, but I was too involved in other design projects. Around two years later, I still had a desire to design for Rowan and couldn’t put off the opportunity any longer.  After writing to the Head Designer, a reply quickly followed and I submitted my first design ideas. I was thrilled to be told that I would be featured in magazine number 56, which is to be released this July – I’m still grinning like a Cheshire Cat and my Mum is as pleased as punch!

Rowan Headquarters in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire

Last week, while on my extended working holiday in little England, My sister drove my Mum and I to West Yorkshire where I was to meet with the Rowan design team in their picturesque mill, nestled on a leafy, dry stone wall lined lane in Holmfirth.

Selfie in the sunshine

David Macleod, Rowan’s Design and Publications Manager, took me on a tour of the mill and introduced me to the design, technical and marketing teams. Everyone was warm and friendly and seemed to enjoy working in such a lovely environment. My timing for the visit was perfect in that I got to see the samples of my designs which will feature in magazine number 57 – so exciting!

By the Rowan Hall of Fame, with David MacLeod and Lisa Richardson

David and I chatted about some more design work I will be doing with Rowan in the future, and along with a sneak preview of magazine number 56, I was given a gift bag, filled with all sorts of Rowan goodies!

My very own copy of Rowan Magazine Number 56

I want to thank David and everyone for making me feel so welcome, and also offer get well wishes to Marie Wallin, Rowan’s Head Designer, who is recovering at home after a recent illness. I know she is eager to get back to work, and I look forward to meeting her on my next visit.

Thank you, Rowan, I can’t wait to come and see you all again!

City Break in Huddersfield! 001
In Picturesque Hebden Bridge
With Mumble Trimbles by the Rochdale Canal

Heather xxxx