This year is full of excitements and wonderful changes in my life.

After five years working in two different jobs I resigned from both and started a new one on 1st of April. So the first months of this year were full of goodbyes and although I’m happy to have much more time for myself it was also sad to leave after 26 years respectively after 5 years.

Now I have to newly arrange my whole life. No more working on weekends and a short walk to the new office, I’m blessed.

Going to this major change I also did some knitting and I want you to look back to the Autumn/Winter season and Rowan Yarns Finest. This yarn is a blend of 20% cashmere, 50% Extra fine Merino wool and 30% alpaca. Although Rowan stated it an autumn/winter yarn, I think it is also suitable for chilly spring days. It is a soft yet strong yarn producing a smooth surface and it comes in 12 shades.

Sarah Hatton did some spectacular designs in this yarn which are published in the Rowan Finest brochure. This brochure contains 14 designs for cardigans, sweaters and accessories for women.

I have used this yarn for a design by John Brinegar, published in VogueKnitting Winter 2015. And I’m really pleased by the result.

Long Fringed Scarf by John Brinegar

Long Fringed Scarf by John Brinegar

Because of the smaller gauge of Rowan Finest I added some more stripes of mosaics to get the recommended length.

Here are some pictures of the different mosaics, knitted in Rowan Finest in shades Bliss 063 and Rapture 068.

Besides knitting I also visited the h+h in Cologne

and met some lovely people:

Anja (aka IamSnowfox) and Ute (aka Heute strick ich), Stephen West and Ysolde. Jenny Atkinson and Helene Kohlhofer gave an interview at the exhibition stand of Coats, talking about next designs, so stay tuned.

In the meantime Rowan has launched three new yarns for this spring/summer season and I have played a lot with them. I have already finished 5 of new designs with the new yarns and from the latest Rowan Magazine.

I have knitted designs by Lisa Richardson, Marie Wallin, Martin Storey and Carlo Volpi and I knitted a own design in Rowan Summerlite 4ply.

Here some teasers:

More about these designs and adventures soon.

Have a nice season