We headed off this morning in the rain(again) towards Holmfirth, the head office of Rowan Yarns. Inside their classroom, we were awestruck at all the beautiful yarns and projects on display.
We were offered tea and coffee upon our arrival and introduced to Marie Wallin, head designer.
She spoke to us for about an hour about what her job involves publishing the two magazines and many brochures for Rowan, deciding what the new yarns and colours should be and what yarns and colours should be discontinued to make room for the new yarns. Here are some boards that were created for previous publications.
She explained that in the past only a few students would arrive in her design class with knitting experience. This year, for the first time, every one of her students could knit. Some had been taught by their mothers or grandmothers but the majority of them had learned from friends or taught themselves from the Internet.
These two pillows were designed by Marie and the patterns are available for free (click on link below each photo). They're also pictured on the back cover of several current UK knitting magazines.
|Union Jack Heart Large Grid Cushion|
|Union Jack Heart Cushion|
After her talk, we were so impressed that someone so busy would take the time from her hectic day to even speak to us.
Around the room were samples from the current Magazine 50.
On the left is Peggy, designed by Marie and on the right is Elm by Martin Storey.
Union Jack Shopper - the heart for beginners and the Union Jack for the more experienced knitters..
Emma King is the author of several pattern books including the three pictured below.