On Monday I took a day off from trucking to go to the celebration for the 60th edition of the Rowan Knitting & Crochet Magazine at the Royal National Rose Society Garden of the Rose near St Albans, Hertfordshire.  

It was very much a ‘Royal’ Garden party with such yarny royalty as Debbie Abrahams, Jane Crowfoot, Jem Weston, Dee Hardwicke, Martin Storey and the guest of honour himself, Kaffe Fassett!  Sharon Brant, Brand and Business Development Manager for Mez Crafts (who are in the process of acquiring Rowan from Coats Crafts), welcomed an eclectic audience of creative devotees to the beautifully decorated marquee.  

Sat right on the front row I felt like I was in London, Paris or Milan and should be wearing dark glasses, keeping cool with a suitably ostentatious fan and sporting a distinctly nonchalant expression!  

Kaffe Fassett, arguably King of Knits, shared some very amusing stories of his early career and collaboration with Rowan.  We were treated to nostalgic look back at his designs by way of the cat walk show, including the peplum jacket featured on the front of ‘Glorious Knitting’, his first publication (and my first knitting book!).  

Then it was time to feature the designs in Rowan Magazine 60 and the two stories of Tempest and Felted Tweed Tempest.  (The photo shoot was appropriately tempestuous we were told, with hurricane force winds on the beach!).  

Here are some of the beautiful colourwork and textured pieces in the 2016 Autumn/Winter collection.  There is a particular emphasis on accessories is colourwork patterns of the larger garments in the hopes that those less experienced knitters will be encouraged to have a go! πŸ˜ŠπŸ’ž

Book signings and a cream tea followed in the glorious surroundings of the Gardens of the Rose http://www.rnrs.org.uk The day of celebration came to a close with the planting of a Rowan tree by Kaffe to mark this milestone.  

Martin Storey

Jem Weston

Dee Hardwicke 

Only one thing better than temptation, and that is giving in to it! 


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