Happenings

Colossal Collaboration

Colossal Collaboration

Rows & Roses, Himaymay, and Malabrigo!

Do you love knitting? Do you LOVE Malabrigo? Are you into trying new things? Well well well…. I just may have something for you. Rows & Roses has partnered up with Himaymay Creations to bring you a fun opportunity, at a discount, and with a chance to win big!

Discount, you say?

Why yes I did. Rufina of Himaymay Creations has designed a very special promotion for a cause: she has decided to use the release of her brand new cowl pattern to help save local yarn shops!

The details:
If you purchase any two skeins of Malabrigo Sock from Rows & Roses from now until February 28, you will receive a 25% discount on her pattern.

This gorgeous cowl pattern is knit brioche, using two contrasting colors of Malabrigo sock. The color combo possibilities are endless!

Pattern sneak peek
This pattern will be released on January 22, so if you purchase your yarn before then, I will email you the discount code on the 22nd once the pattern is live.

But wait, there's more!

Wanna win a $50 gift card to Rows & Roses? Read on, my yarny friend….

Criteria for $50 GC raffle draw:
  1. Must have purchased Malabrigo Sock/Arroyo or yarn of a similar yardage, weight, and fiber material (superwash or non superwash merino wool/nylon combo, 100% merino wool, or acrylic if you are allergic to merino wool) at Participating LYS during promo period (January 22, 2021- February 28, 2021). Please take a picture of your receipt for verification clearly noting the date of purchase, purchased items, and store where the yarn was purchased)

  2. If you cannot afford to purchase yarn from an LYS but have stock of Malabrigo Sock/Arroyo or similar yarn, at least purchase my pattern at full price from my website from January 22, 2021-February 28, 2021).

  3. Must have a Facebook account (because I will do the drawing by checking out who used the hashtag (#tpakcowlchallenge2021)

  4. Must have a camera or a means to take a photo of their work to post in Facebook for drawing.

  5. Must enter as an individual and not as a business. One entry per person. (If you are a small business owner who would want to knit for this cause, please enter/purchase yarn/pattern with your name and not your business name)

  6. If you do not have a Facebook account, please send (1) a picture of you wearing your finished work, (2) your first and last name, (3) complete mailing address, (4) phone number that I can text a message to, and (5) Participating LYS of your choice where you want to spend the GC to my email at rufina@himaymaycreations.com. You can only use your GC on one Participating LYS. If you choose to purchase from Unwound Artisan Yarn Shop but their supplies are depleted or the store has closed, you may choose another Participating LYS by June 30, 2021. Disclaimer: the information above will not be sold or given away. It is simply a means for me to contact you if you have won. I will not use it to pester you with emails unless you willingly subscribe to my email list.

  7. Like and Share Himaymay Creation Facebook page and/or subscribe to the mailing list (these are my main avenues to announcing who won).

 

How to win $50 Gift Certificate:

Once you meet the criteria above, (purchase the yarn, purchase the pattern) just knit the Two-Phase Ami-Kata Cowl (TPAK Cowl). Post a photo of yourself and the finished product on Facebook with your Facebook name (@name) and write #tpakcowlchallenge2021 #himaymaycreations. The picture of the finished product must be posted on or before March 24, 2021 (11:59pm Pacific Standard Time). The winner will be randomly drawn and the announcement will be made on March 31, 2021.

Bella Morn

Bella Morn

Free crochet pattern

Bella Morn

Bella Morn is a light-weight crocheted scarf, perfect for a morning stroll. Using three colors of Bella Cash, this scarf was designed almost as a sampler: each color has its own stitch pattern. Once you’ve finished your third row, you won’t even have to look at your pattern!  Utilizing the “drop & swap” method of three-color striping, you’ll learn how to work this scarf in a way that simply carries the yarns up the sides, rather than cutting. Quick, easy, and yet fun to crochet.

If you want, you can grab your printable .pdf of Bella Morn here.

Pattern Info

Stitches:  Ch, sc, hdc, dc
Yarn: Bella Cash, (#1 fingering weight, 230 yards/50g) 3 colors, 1 ball each. Sample shown in Amethyst, Coffee, and Oat
Hook:  I9 (5.5mm)
Sizes:  76” long, 6” wide

Gauge:  6 st x 8 rows = 2”, blocked

NOTES:
~ Do not cut your yarn after each row! When you get to the end of a row, simply drop the yarn you’re working with and pick up the new color during the last pull-through. This is the magic of the “drop & swap” method. Less ends to weave in later.

Let's Make a Bella Morn!

Pattern:

In MC, ch 253

Row 1: Hdc in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch across. Turn.  = 251 st

Row 2: In CC1, ch 1, *sc, ch 1, sk 1; rep from * to end. Sc in last st. Turn.

Row 3: In CC2, ch 2 (does not count as st,) dc in 1st st, dc in ch-1 sp, * 2 dc in ch-1 sp; rep from * to end. Dc in last st. Turn.

Row 4: In MC, ch 1, hdc across. Turn.

Row 5-25) Rep Rows 2-4 seven times.

Cut all yarns, weave in ends.

Check out your brand new super-cool Bella Morn scarf! I bet you’re so excited to wear it. I’d love to see it. Post a pic of your finished scarf to social media and tag @RowsAndRoses and #RowsAndRosesBellaMorn so we can all see the colors you picked and how awesome you are! As always, if you need me, I’m only a click or two away.

Bella Morn

If you love this pattern, or know someone who might, I’d love a share! Pin it, tweet it, repost on facebook, or send to a friend. Every little thing you do helps Rows & Roses grow. So, thank you. Thank you so much ♥

Felici Matchy Matchy

Felici Matchy Matchy

**NEW PATTERN!**
It’s finally here! After a few false starts I now have a pretty special (if I do say so myself) pair of patterns to present to you. Get matchy with Felici Matchy Matchy. These legwarmers and fingerless mitts will keep you warm in these icy months while also being the best style statement you’ve ever owned. I chose rainbow as support and pride in the LGBTQ+ community, and WOW! Aren’t they so bright and happy?

A little about the pattern:

Stitches:  Ch, sl st, SC, SC2tog, DC, DC2tog
Yarn:  WeCrochet’s Felici Worsted (#4 worsted, 218 yards/100g,) 1 ball for mitts and 1 ball for leg warmers (shown in Rainbow)
Hook:  J10/6mm
Sizes: Mitts- 6.5” long, 3” wide when finished
Leg Warmers- 11” long, 5.5” wide when finished

 (These patterns are customizable. Add/subtract 8 stitches, and add/subtract rows to make them the sizes you need them to be.)

If you are loving Felici Worsted as much as I am, give this pattern duo a try! You can snag a copy for just $4.99 in my Ravelry store.

Go grab your copy of the double pattern here.

And then go choose your colors through my affiliate link.

Check out my Felici on the Double pattern, as well as my Felici on the Double Doubled if you’re looking for matching cowl patterns. They can each be made with a single ball of Felici Worsted, as well! In my Ravelry store, you can also find the Felici Twist cowl pattern, as well as the Felici On The Double hat to round out your collection.

And of course, if you know someone who might like this, please pass it on! You can share to facebook, pinterest, twitter, or even on your blog. Thank you so much for helping get the word out there! We all need a little more Felici in our lives ♥

#WeCAmbassadorsDec20

Building a Better Year

Building a Better Year

New Year, New Ideas

Rose, the namesake of Rows & Roses, looking at balloons in the brand new shop.
Rose, the namesake of Rows & Roses, looking at balloons in the brand new shop.

What a year this has been! I think we’ve had just about every existential crisis any of us could have thought of, and even some we never would have. Our whole planet has had to pull together and deal with some heavy stuff in 2020. The US had the craziest, ugliest, most debated election that I can ever remember in my 38 years (yes, even worse than the Trump/Clinton election, if you can imagine.) We’ve been sent home and told to stay there, our kids have had to learn new school routines, and everything has just been a mess. I gotta say, I’m not sorry to see this year go.

Against all odds though, Rows & Roses has come out strong. This little business saw its first full year of newsletters and website posts and updates, its most growth of members in the facebook group, its largest sales of patterns on Ravelry, and the opening of its retail location Rows & Roses Yarn & Fiber. I’ve celebrated, worried, worked my ass off, got up sore and tired the next morning and worked it all over again… I’ve written 26 patterns this year, hosted 13 KAL/CALs, been published in a magazine, was included in too many round-ups to count, did a live interview with WeCrochet, opened numerous wholesale accounts, gutted and remodeled and furnished and stocked a shop downtown, and taught a bunch of classes. In addition to all of this, I still created, posted, ordered, and did the work and shipping for NINE Specials & Customs Events and FLASH buys.

Needless to say, this has been BY FAR the busiest year that Rows & Roses has ever seen. It’s been great, it’s been scary, it’s been wild, exhilarating, terrifying, satisfying, and humbling, among other things. After this whirlwind of a year, I’ve discovered that I really need to find out where are the best places to put my energies, and what I’m going to have to let go. This go-go-go is unsustainable in the long run, and my family needs more of me than I’ve been able to give them lately. I’m no spring chicken either, and my body (mostly my wrist) has really taken a beating. Now that I’ve started and kept up so many things, figuring out what sticks and what doesn’t is maybe the most valuable thing I can offer this little business, as well as all of you, and myself.

Specials & Customs Events

I’ve been thinking and praying over these events that have become the lifeblood of Rows & Roses over the years. These events are where I put up a bunch of items available for pre-order at special prices, as well as a customs list where you can order anything you want. These events have lately been consistently bringing in more orders that I ever anticipate, which is AMAZING ♥ I always look so forward to making all the things for all of my favorite people.

Combined with all the little FLASH buys I offer, sprinkled throughout the year, I am starting to realize that perhaps this amount of hooking and needling is a bit much for my poor little wrist. I injured my wrist around the holidays last year, and I have not been able to give it adequate rest since then.

Therefore, I’ve made a decision that in 2021, I will have exactly 4 events, one per quarter, and that’s it. No late orders, no extra favors, no rushed birthday gifts. If you want a Rows & Roses item made for you, you will have January, April, July, and October events in which to place your order. This means you’ll need to try to keep holidays in mind so that you can order in the appropriate event to get them on time. I will try to include holiday items in the specials that I offer for the events, but if you’re wanting something custom made, these four events are it. I will continue to create the events early, send invites, and post in the group multiple times in hopes that you don’t miss them, but it will be up to you to turn on your group notifications, and check the group from time to time. I’m not willing to put the added pressure on myself of making a list of people to contact and remind, so please keep an eye out for these events if you’re wanting to order.

These events will ALWAYS be held in the facebook group, as usual. Be sure to join the group if you haven’t already. You can join here.

Patterns

Pattern writing has been one of my very most favorite aspects of what I do this year. I’ve written for Interweave Crochet, WeCrochet, and Expression Fiber Arts (still in testing, coming soon!) I’ve received yarn support like nobody’s business: let me tell you, when some companies send designers yarn “to play with,” they send the whole damn kitchen sink along with half the warehouse. I have fallen in love with yarns I didn’t know existed because of this, and I am so thankful for the opportunities that come along with the forged friendships and business relationships of the designing world.

However, (yes, you knew there was  a however, didn’t you?) in this year of big fat pattern writing, I’ve discovered that sometimes, I tend to try to get an idea out too fast. Quickly throwing together a 2″ x 2″ swatch, taking a pic in bad lighting, and using the wrong words to describe my meaning because I’m in a hurry is no way to put together a pattern proposal. I’ve had way more props rejected than accepted this year, and I think this is why. I’m always flying through my ideas, trying to just get them out “on paper” as quickly as possible so I can move on to the next thing. Dude. I’m better than that. Way better.

So for 2021, I am going to spend more time on my design ideas. I’m putting together a spreadsheet of props, as well as implementing a pen and paper template for these props so I can make sure I have everything in them- good pics, good lighting, good description- before I send them out. This means that I’m going to be mostly unavailable on the weekends (Sunday and Monday) due to spending time on my designs. I’ve always been quick to respond to messages and tags before, but from here on out, if your message goes unseen for a day or two, this is why. My heartfelt apologies in advance, you know I love you, I just really need to stop selling my ideas short by throwing together slapdash proposals that don’t do them justice. My weekends will be spent on this, as well as all the household stuff I’ve missed during the week. (Yes, I actually DO have a real life outside of yarn. Crazy, huh?)

So here we are

For now, these are the two big changes I feel that I need to make for Rows & Roses to be the best it can be: me being more artist less machine, and taking more time on designs/patterns so I can give them the attention they deserve. I’ve been spread so thin as of late, and I think spending less time doing the back-and-forth on facebook will help me to be able to focus.

As always, if you need me, you can message me, email me, hit the “talk to me!” form on the website, or call the shop. I hope to be able to hire some help by the summer of 2021, someone who can basically be a virtual assistant and help out in the Ravelry group, as well as the Pinterest account. If I’m able to do this, it will GREATLY alleviate some of the back-end responsibilities I spend so much time on each week. The less behind the scenes stuff I have to deal with, the more time and energy I can focus on all the important stuff that you are all here for. Thank you for your patience with me as I navigate these waters and try to find my footing. If you have any suggestions for me, or even just words of encouragement, I’m all ears. I love and appreciate each and every one of you who have stuck by me thus far in my journey. Here’s hoping 2021 is going to hold so much more than we ever dreamed.

November Showcase

November Showcase

Monthly Round Up

November is basically over, and you know what that means? That means I have one whole month of TOTAL ARTISTIC FREEDOM! December is my month, y’all. All orders have been completed and shipped, and my list is officially closed until January. Therefore, it’s time to play!
Let’s take a look back over our month with this November Showcase.

Patterns and such

Due to the long-awaited re-release of our favorite and most coveted worsted self-striping sock yarn, Felici Worsted, I decided to write up a pattern for it. Please welcome to the Felici Cowl family the newest member, Felici Twist. Crocheted in a single skein of Felici Worsted, this cowl features a slightly different stitch pattern for chevrons, as well as a twist in the end to turn it into a mobius. Fun!

To show my Thankfulness in this wonderful month of family, friends, food, and togetherness, I released a double freebie pattern. Blessed uses just a single skein of WeCrochet’s Static sock yarn to make a lovely bread cloth, and a matching French press cozy. Keep your rolls and your coffee warm, and make your table look great doing it. I hope you love these as much as I do.

Hey look, I’m PUBLISHED!! Like, in a real magazine. I’m so excited about this! My Peace Poncho was chosen by Interweave Crochet to be in their Winter 2021 edition. Crocheted in bulky yarn, and using a unique increase/decrease stitch pattern, this ponch works up super quick and will keep you super warm, all winter long.

So Thankful

Once again, I just want to me really really sure that you all know how much I love and appreciate you. Your continued patronage and support of my little business have enabled it to grow wings and soar this year. From being published to opening a yarn shop, and everything in between, I am reminded every day just how special you all are to me, and to the continued success of Rows & Roses.
If you enjoyed this November Showcase, would you consider passing it on? You could leave a comment, share to social media, or even just drop me a line at satiATrowsandrosesDOTcom to let me know. Every little action you take- on this website, on my facebook page, or on Ravelry- makes a world of difference. Thank you all so very much for sticking with me ♥

Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday

Shop small, y’all.

Have you ever heard of Small Business Saturday? I sure hope you have. After all the hoopla of family gatherings and then the Black Friday madness, Small Business Saturday is our wonderful oasis of shopping small while supporting local businesses. You know if you don’t shop small, we end up losing out to the major corporations. We can’t let that happen! So I’ve partnered with other small businesses in the area to bring you a Small Business Saturday at Rows & Roses Yarn & Fiber that you will never forget. Here’s what we’ve got going on:

~ Rows & Roses is collaborating with a bunch of local small businesses to put together an amazing gift basket full of awesome goodies!
~ Come into Rows & Roses on Saturday, November 28, 10am-6pm. I will have mini-sales happening all over the shop! There will be a hot cocoa buffet set up (free, with optional tip jar) as well as coffee. Enjoy browsing around, and take your time!
~ For every $20 you spend in R&R on Small Business Saturday, you will get an entry into the drawing for the gift basket. Therefore, if you spend $40, you get two entries, spend $100, get five entries. You get it 😉
~ At 6pm, closing time, I will go LIVE on the facebook page to do the drawing for the basket. You don’t have to catch the live to win; in fact, you don’t even have to be on facebook to win. I will contact the winner via email.
So, shall we meet our partners?

Raventree Sudio

Summer at Raventree is absolutely amazing. Her skills and talent are impressive, and her personality is even more so! She has generously contributed a necklace and earrings set for our #SBS basket!

Here’s what Summer wants you to know:
I’m an encourager, a creative, and genuine. Raventree is multi-faceted. I do fine art, graphic design, polymer clay jewelry and home decor.

You can find Raventree on facebook, instagram, and you can shop her wares on Etsy. You can also email her at sumerh@gmail.com (yes, it’s only one “m” in that address.)

Crochet All Clay

Oh wow, y’all. I cannot say enough good things about Jennifer at Crochet All Clay. She makes the most amazing clay earrings, made to look like knitted fabric! She has contributed TWO pairs for our basket, one natural and one bright pink.

Here’s what she wants you to know:
I have many talents, this is just one of the many 😉 This is something I like to do for fun. It’s very relaxing after a long day at the big girl job.

This is a brand-spankin’-new business; she’s just getting off the ground. She doesn’t have a business email address or facebook page yet, but keep an eye on the Rows & Roses facebook page. As soon as Crochet All Clay goes live, you better believe I will be promoting the s#!t out of her!

Local Wear

Local Wear is the best place in Seneca (in my humber opinion) to get all of your school spirit, Oconee price, and #SenecaStrong apparel and swag, plus much more. They are a family-owned business, and put love and care into everything they do. They have contributed a gift card, T-shirt, and a couple of cool stickers to our basket!
Here’s what they want you to know:
We love helping our local community. We screen print, embroider, vinyl graphics and digital printing.

You can find them on facebook, and on their website.

Gayl's Homemade Gifts

Sweet Gayl of Gayl’s Homemade Gifts is such a wonderful artist, and a joy to be around. She has contributed a wonderful cotton market bag for our gift basket!
Here’s what she wants you to know:
I am a person who loves to encourage other people and to help them follow their dreams. God has given me so many blessings even through difficult times, and I want to use what I have to share blessings with others. Care and love go into everything I crochet in order to create a meaningful, useful and beautiful product. I’m a very small business looking forward to growing but still staying small so that I can continue to give personal attention to my clients.

You can find Gayl on facebook, Instagram, on her blog, or you can email her at wrightgayl@gmail.com

S & T Fiber Arts

Melissa at S&T Fiber Arts is such a fun and unique personality! I greatly enjoy her visits to the shop, and her kids are absolutely precious. She is contributing a loom-knit headband in our famous Bamboo Pop yarn.
Here’s what she wants you to know:
I’m a work from home mom of two. I love coffee and funky hair colors and wearing black. I custom make scarves, hats, ear warmers, and sometimes plushies. This is my second year in business and I love what I do!

Melissa recently changed her business name from “Hooked on Mel” to S & T Fiber Arts, and of course, facebook won’t let her change her business name…. So you can find her on facebook, or you can email her at custom.stfa@gmail.com

The Fluttering Moth

Jenny at The Fluttering Moth is such a great sewist! I have been privileged to know her and her sweet family for years and years, and I can tell you her creativity knows no bounds. She has contributed not one, but TWO hand-sewn masks for our basket.
Here’s what she wants you to know:
I’m a homeschool mom and like to sew and do other crafts. I started making things out of thrifted wool years ago, when my kids were little. Lately I have been making cotton masks with soft, adjustable elastic.

You can find Jenny online on facebook, or email her at the_other_alice_@yahoo.com

JoAnn Johnson Media Foundation

We are so lucky to have JoAnn of JoAnn Johnson Media Foundation collaborating with us. She has decided to contribute a copy of her third book, Overcoming Life’s Challenges, and I for one can’t wait to read it!
Here’s what she wants you to know:
I am the host of the television shows Good Mood Good Food, Empower Your Body Empower Your Mind, The Tipping Point, an author and motivational speaker. We seek to help the helpless, hopeless and those who need to overcome adversity in their lives.

You can find JoAnn at her The Tipping Point facebook page, or you can email her at Programming4JoAnnJohnsonimc@gmail.com

Shop Small

Wow! What a bunch of super awesome small local businesses. We are so fortunate to have such talented and driven people making up our community.

If you enjoyed this post, please share it! You can comment, share to facebook or instagram, pin it, or anything else you can think of. And be sure to stop by on Nov. 28th to see all the fun sales and goings-on. You can also keep an eye on my LYS page here on the website for all the shop news, sales, events, and new products. Shopping small is so important as these small businesses aren’t buying a second vacation home; they are, instead, just trying to feed their family, afford music and gymnastics lessons, and pay their bills. Every dollar you spend at a small local business makes a huge impact. This Small Business Saturday- and really, always- please be sure to shop small when at all possible. We all appreciate you so much ♥

Blessed

Blessed

FREE crochet patterns

Blessed

Celebrate togetherness this Thanksgiving with friends, family, and a lovely table. This Blessed bread cloth and French press cozy can be whipped up in no time. The super easy stitch pattern, while appearing involved, is really just mindless stitching. One skein of WeCrochet’s Static will make both a cloth and a cozy, and the wool content helps to keep your rolls and your coffee warm. Choose your favorite color and get your table in tip top shape! 
Grab your ad-free .pdf here for just $1.99 and help support this small business!

Getting Started

Stitches:  Ch, sc, dc
Yarn:  WeCrochet’s Static (Fingering-weight #1) 437 yards/100g “Hope Chest,” 1 skein
Notions:  Three ⅝” buttons
Hook:  H8/5mm or size needed to obtain gauge
Sizes:  Bread Cloth: 14 x 18”                  Cozy: 10 x 7.5”

Gauge:  2 shells x 6 rows = 2”

NOTES:
If you make the French press cozy first, then you can just go until you run out of yarn on the bread towel. I told you this was easy!

Let's start hookin'

Pattern:

French press cozy:

Ch 40

Row 1 : 2 dc in 4th ch from hook, *sk 2, sc, sk 2, shell; rep from * across, ending with 3 dc in final ch. Turn. = 5 shells, 2 half-shells

Row 2: Ch 1, *sc, sk 2, shell, sk 2; rep from * across, sc in final st. Turn.

Row 3-27:: Rep Row 2

Row 28: Ch 1, sc in each st across. 

Cut yarn, weave in ends.

Sew buttons, evenly spaced, to first row. One on each end, and one in the middle. Use spaces between stitches as button holes. 

Bread Cloth:

Ch 88

Row 1: 2 dc in 4th ch from hook, *sk 2, sc, sk 2, shell; rep from * across, ending with 3 dc in final ch. Turn.  = 13 shells, 2 half shells

Row 2: Ch 1, *sc, sk 2, shell, sk 2; rep from * across, sc in final st. Turn.

Row 3-40: Rep Row 2

Cut yarn, weave in ends.

Both of these can do with a light blocking if you want, to smooth them out. Just be careful blocking the cozy; if you are an aggressive blocker, you may make it too big to fit!

And that’s it. You now have some marvelous handmade goodies for your table. I want to see the colors you picked! Post a pic of your finished items to your favorite social media and tag @RowsAndRoses and #RowsAndRosesBlessed so we can all see what you’ve made. If you need me, I’m only a click or two away.

French Press Cozy

Sati Glenn, owner and operator of Rows and Roses Fiberworks. 
Email: sati@rowsandroses.com
Website: www.rowsandroses.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/rowsandrosescrochet
Ravelry: https://www.ravelry.com/stores/rows-and-roses

If you want to see all the yarns and tools I have available, please come shop!

October Showcase

October Showcase

Monthly round-up

This month has been so busy, I continue to forget what day it is. I don’t think I’ve ever waiting til the very last day of the month to publish a monthly round-up, but here we are. Please enjoy this October Showcase, and if you’re interested in learning a little more about cold weather yarns and how to choose them for certain projects, I’ve got you covered. Covered! See what I did there…?

Patterns!

This month was a little different, pattern-wise. I really do try to release a free pattern each month, as well as a paid pattern. Due to some poor planning on my part, I ended up with two paid patterns ready before a freebie was finalized. Therefore, I released two paid patterns this month instead. 
In order to make it up to you, and have a DOUBLE freebie pattern hitting the blog in November, so thanks for your patience with me and I know you’re going to love it. Keep an eye on the blog or the facebook group and I’ll post as soon as it’s ready!

Fluffin’ Cowl is really an awe-inspiring little piece of crochet work, and if you haven’t tried it yet, you really really should. Crocheted in three colors of WeCrochet’s Wonderfluff, a baby alpaca/Merino/nylon blend of blown yarn, it is light as a cloud and full of color. The tapestry crochet technique carries the yarns inside the stitches, and the whole thing is worked in a continuous spiral. Everything will think you worked some black magic, but the whole cowl can be done by the motivated crocheter in two hours! Try it, you’ll wonder what took you so long.

Now this one… this one I am really proud of. Introducing Kindred Spirit, a rectangular wrap made of two mirrored panels that are seamed together up the middle. If you haven’t seen this pattern yet, click the pic and check out all the pics on the pattern page. This is a very unique wrap, and WeCrochet’s Kindred (baby alpaca/Peruvian cotton) is the most perfect yarn for it.
In fact, this yarn quickly went into my top 10 yarns of all time. It is THAT amazing. Soft, bouncy, warm, and not the least bit of prickle, I know you’ll love it too.

I hope you enjoyed this October Showcase. Thanks for being here. Thanks for cheering me on and lifting me up. This has been a big month of learning for me (sometimes, the hard way,) and I can’t express my gratitude enough for your patience, helpfulness, and kindness. You just keep loving me through it, and I appreciate that more than you know.
As always, a quick, easy, and totally free way of helping me out would be to share this post on any social media, reblogging, liking, commenting, and anything else you can think of. You don’t have to make a purchase to make a difference ♥

Cold Weather Yarn

Cold Weather Yarn

How to choose?

Can you feel it? That crisp bite to the breeze when it comes through in the morning like the whisper of an old friend? Sipping my hot coffee, I can’t help but recall my warm woolens of winter last…. 
Okay, enough of that. A poet I am not, but I AM a yarnologist. Which, in my opinion, is better. So let’s talk yarns, specifically cold weather yarns. There are so many different types of yarns out there; so many weights, so many fibers. How do you know what to choose for which project?
Let me walk you through a few of my favorites. I’ll even help you find patterns for them so you can show off your skills while keep you and your loved ones toasty warm!

Alpaca

The alpaca is such an amazing animal. With their cute little faces and warm, furry coats, they are definitely one of the cutest animals ever. And boy are they smart!
Did you know that they are also one of the warmest animals ever? Alpaca fiber is even warmer than wool, and it also offers a drape that no breed of sheep could ever mimic. Add to this that allergies to alpaca are almost unheard of (they don’t make lanolin like sheep do,) and you’ve got a super fiber for all of your winter knits and crochets. Seriously, the perfect cold weather yarn.

Here at Rows & Roses, we’ve got you covered as far as scrumptious alpaca yarn. Just look at that gorgeous Eco Alpaca by Cascade in the pic above. No dyes, there’s are the many natural colors of alpaca! What could you make with this decadent yarn? Here are some patterns I’ve found that would be perfect:
KNIT: this gorgeous hat Graham, the Hipster Shawl, you could really play with the different colors in this Colouring In,  
CROCHET: the Diadem shawl would be perfect in this yarn, and so would the Facets Cowl if you use two contrasting colors!

More alpaca yarns:

Wool

Wool is maybe the most popular animal fiber for yarn, and it’s not hard to see why. Wool is anti-microbial, water resistant, and dries quickly. There are all different breeds of wool, but the softest is Merino.
Rows & Roses has lots of Merino yarns to choose from, with more on the way. From the gorgeous Malabrigo Sock pictured here, to the workhorse Valley Worsted and Valley Sport, and even our super-bulky star Berroco Coco, if you’re looking for soft and wooly and wonderfully warm, look no further. 
How about some patterns?

KNIT: the Lacy Not Lazy socks and this Sockhead slouch hat. For the Valley Superwash Worsted, I am loving this Free For All cowl. If you’re wanting Coco’s bulky squish, you’d do well with the Chai Latte beanie or the Sugared Almonds cowl.
CROCHET: If you’re dying to crochet with some Malabrigo sock, I bet you’ll love Just Breathe and Fingerless Gloves.  Valley Sport works well for Lizard (one of my favorite shawls to make!)  and the worsted is perfect for Kruska. Coco would make a great Quinn cowl or Chunky Pebbles hat.

More wool yarn:

Silk

I am rapidly discovering just how underappreciated silk is. How is it possible that more people don’t LOVE this fiber?! Anti-microbial, soft and silky (haha,) and super strong, silk will hold up to just about anything.
From the matte and slubby silk exchange of Mantra, to the shiny and luxe Silkpaca, it’s really hard to imagine how anyone could pass it up, especially since it’s been proven to be even warmer than alpaca. Isn’t that amazing?
I know y’all want to see some patterns that would be perfect for all this silk yarn I’ve got waiting for you, so let’s do it!

KNIT: Silkpaca lends itself well to knits that are drapey and airy, such as Gorges Cowl and Swallowtail Shawl, while Mantra would be great for Tincture and emPower Lace.
CROCHET: Mantra would make an amazing Wild Sunset as well as a Spring Bean cowl, while Silkpaca is perfect for Inner Light, or Pax if Tunisian is more your speed.

More silk yarns:

I hope I was able to help you out a bit and offer some insight and education, as well as some great patterns to kickstart your creativity. Remember that you are always welcome to come use the free winding station and enjoy a cup of coffee anytime you’re out and about. This little shop is all about community so I want to see you here enjoying it! If you found value in this post, please consider sharing, commenting, pinning, tweeting, or otherwise helping me to get it out there. Thank you all so much, for all you do to help my little LYS be the best that it can be ♥

September Showcase

September Showcase

Monthly Wrap-up

What a month this has been. I honestly don’t think I’ve ever done so much in a single month in my life. Between opening the shop, and getting Fall Specials & Customs out the door- not to mention homeschooling two kids and trying my best to keep some sort of a social life- it’s been crazy! And fun, and hard, and scary, and exhilarating, and all kinds of other stuff. So now it’s time for our September Showcase!
Let’s take a look at our monthly wrap-up for September. Just click the pics to blow them up.

But wait, there's more!

Finally, my Enwrapped pattern has been updated! New stylesheet, better pic placement, same great pattern. This will be the shop kit for October, using a totally different bulky-weight yarn. Come on in to Rows & Roses Yarn & Fiber to pick one up for yourself or a friend, starting October 1st!

After hearing how badly everyone wished for a Felici Cowl that could be wrapped double around the neck, I present to you FOTD Doubled. Still two balls of Felici, same hook, chevrons as always, but with a lacier stitch pattern to stretch the yardage. It’s FREE!

The pattern for this little beauty is set to be released next week. This yarn is EVERYTHING! I can’t wait for you to see it. It’ll hit my Rav shop first, so be sure to check in!

Once again, I just want to thank every single one of you for all that you do to support my little-getting-bigger? business. I appreciate all of your shares, all of your likes, all of your comments, and every time you send someone my way. You all are the reason I keep going, trying to find new and fun ideas, and your love and support give me so much joy. From the bottom of my heart, thank you ♥