Changing of the Seasons

Autumn has blown right past us, leaving winter knocking on our door. The aspen leaves didn’t even get a chance to change color before dropping. After such a cold, wet, long spring, we had been hoping that perhaps we would get rewarded with a long, beautiful autumn. It was not meant to be.

Morning snow on the Mountain Ashes up Teton Canyon.

The raft is put away, running shoes tucked away, shorts and t-shirts pushed to the back of the closet to make room for skis, sweaters, long wool socks and boots. A mug of tea and knitting have replaced my evening ritual of long walks to enjoy the evening sunset and watching the stars come out.

Unfortunately, one of the down sides of cold weather is packing up the dye barn for the year. Now, I’m reduced to one dyepot in the kitchen and my dyeing supplies tucked into odd nooks and crannies in the kitchen. So far, I’m managing with the balancing act. Mountain Man hasn’t grumbled too much of dye experiments taking over the kitchen after the dinner dishes are put away, or complained about the constant tubs of yarn soaking in the bathroom. Perhaps, by spring, he’ll be more willing to listen when I speak up about insulating the dye barn and installing heat in there. But we’ll see.

Moulton Barn in Mountain Sock is on sale in the Etsy Shop.

On a much more positive note, the Etsy Shop is fully stocked with lots of Mountain Sock, Sky Lace, Mountain Sock Mini Skeins and Rowan Knitting Books. After to celebrate the changing of the seasons, it’s time to say good bye to the summer colorways of Oxbox Bend, Moulton Barn, Beard’s Wheatfield, Adventure Dog, Fall Creek Falls, Rowan Studio Pattern Books and many more. You can find them in the Sale Section of the Etsy Shop, 20% off while supplies last. These colorways may or may not return in the future.

eBay Store Update: Rowan Yarns Pattern Books and A Life-Long Love Affair

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Rowan Yarns is legendary for not only their amazing, diverse yarn lines but their pattern support with their stunning pattern books and magazines for over 30 years.  Rowan has drastically changed how knitting and pattern publishing are done.  Rowan Yarns was the first knitting company to give designers credit for their designs.  Prior to Rowan, knitting patterns were published anonymously in women’s magazines, tucked in the back at the very end of the magazine.

Based in Yorkshire, England, Rowan Yarns has published the who’s-who of knitting designers: Kaffe Fassett, Brandon Mably, Sarah Hatton, Marie Wallin, Louisa Harding, and Kim Hargreaves to name just a few of the many internationally famous designers that have worked with Rowan over the years.  Twice a year, Rowan releases their knitting magazine, highlighting stunning patterns that look like they belong in the art gallery.  Each magazine features stunning photographs of the patterns in the beautiful English countryside alongside articles on knitting history, knitting techniques and featured articles about different fiber animal breeds/species.  Every issue is a treasure trove of knitting knowledge and inspiration.

Highlights of Rowan Magazine over the years include just about any Kaffe Fasset pattern, with brilliantly colored knits in an artist’s pallet in many of the first issues, Kim Hargreaves’ long flowing coats, Marie Wallin’s Raphel in Issue 44.  I personally fell in love with Rowan after seeing’s Kim Hargreaves’ Red Hot from Issue 33 on the Wendy Knits blog.

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That one pattern started a life-long quest to collect each of the Rowan Knitting Magazines.  I’m nearly there, missing only the coveted and rare, Issue 4.  One day, I will find this holy grail within my budget.

In the meantime, I hope to share my undying love for this English knitting company with other knitters.  The Teton Knitting Company eBay Shop is overflowing with Rowan Knitting Magazines, Rowan Studio pattern books and yarn specific pattern books.  Find page after page of inspiration in these books from classic knitting patterns to runway inspired looks and everything in between.  You won’t be disappointed and your knitting life will be richer for the inspiration.