close knit: the neighborhood yarn shop

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Rowan Fine Art

Rowan's first sock yarn is certainly getting a lot of attention.  
No wonder, right?  Say hello to Rowan Fine Art, a blend of wool, mohair, silk, and enough nylon to give it strength and durability.  Each 100g skein will yield a standard pair of socks, but the Rowan designers have some vivid imaginations.  
The Fine Art Collection is chock full of some really creative sock patterns, including some of the best tall socks I've seen.  Take a look at Quail, Ibis, and Warbler.
The Grouse socks feature a little fancy colorwork, which looks really interesting in the subtle variegated yarn.
The scarves and lacey wraps are fabulous, too.  We have a sample of Lark Scarf at the shop, and the drop stitch design looks great in this yarn.  Plus, it's really fun to execute.
Sally and I agree that the Osprey Wrap is stunning.
You can read more about Rowan's first foray into the world of handpainted sock yarn on their website, but you really need to come see it in person to appreciate it for yourself.
Socks make great summer knitting!

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