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    Oooh wouldn't it be nice to curl up on the sofa with a book....or a pair of knitting needles of course..... and pretend it isn't Monday!

    I have pulled together some images of the three blankets I designed for Rowan last year that are in my Little Rowan Blossom book.

    I designed this pretty crochet blanket in these fresh floral shades mixed with cream. I feel this floral blanket would remain your little girls favourite for years to come. I have used Rowan's Softknit Cotton, colours:  Cream, Lupin, Willow, Tea Rose and China.

    Calla is also knitted in Rowan's Softknit Cotton. This lace and cable knit blanket looks lush in this leafy green colour, Willow.  It would also look beautiful in pretty floral shades.

    The third blanket in my Blossom collection is a simple striped blanket that would be perfect for a new knitter. I used Rowan Handknit Cotton. Delphinium, Sugar, Celery, Flamingo and Cloud.

    I will be posting some more images for you over the next week or so.

    Rowan have said that Blossom should be appearing in your local stockists now.

    Happy knitting!

    Linda Whaley

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    Hi there

    I am so excited to tell you that my second Rowan book 'Blossom' has just been published!
    Back in January 2015 I put forward my ideas and mood boards for several collections and Blossom was one of two chosen.  This book features 15 pretty knits for girls aged 3-7 years. 

    I know just how difficult it is to have the right knit for the various activities that little girls do, and the looks they want. The little cardigan to wear over a pretty party dress, the cosy casual knit... that is still pretty... to wear with leggings, the knit for playing on the beach or in the garden, worn with shorts or capri pants. So I set about designing a collection of knits that would complete a little girls wardrobe. I designed knits that also varied in length so they hit the waist, the hips or mid thigh, so the proportions work with a range little girls clothes. 

    This first collage of images that I've pulled together shows the handknits on 'princess' days when our little girls just want to feel pretty.

    I will feature more designs over the next week or so.

    I remember saying to the Rowan team that my aim for this collection was that customers would want to knit most of the designs in this book and not just one or two. As you can imagine, I was so pleased when I received this lovely message two days ago. I hope lots more of you love them too!

        I bought your new book 'Rowan Little Blossom' and wanted to let you know that i think it is absolutely BEAUTFUL! Each and every pattern is just delightful and my little 5 year old daughter and i love it 😍. Thank you for such a wonderful collection that i cannot wait to knit each and every thing from. Kindest regards from Jackie "

    If you are tempted to buy Blossom, www.knitrowan has a full list of both online Rowan stockists and high street wool shops that stock Rowan books and yarns.

    Speak soon

    Linda Whaley


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    With the momentous and very frightening changes that the UK is embarking on, I have been in a complete state of shock this last couple of days.

    I had a strong need to stop what I was working on, and knit a blanket.  At the time I didn't think too deeply about it, but on reflection, I think this was subconsciously my comforting 'security blanket'.  I have had to sit and knit it at every possible opportunity over the last couple of days. I needed a long comforting project that would take quite a few days to complete.  A project that once designed and on my needles, would need some concentration, but the repetition would require no further decision-making.  I find this type of project clears my mind and puts me into a calm almost medative state.

    Being creative has pulled me through some very sad and difficult times over the years.  I really do recommend it. If life just seems too much to cope with, pick up a pencil, a paintbrush, some knitting needles, and create is very calming.

    Here is my security blanket which is growing by the minute!

    I hope to launch this knitting pattern in the next couple of weeks, once my blanket is finished.

    Take care

    Linda Whaley

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    Hi there

    Its good to see that so many of you are still buying my new spring beanie knitting patterns. I think they are perfect for this weather as they look fresh and spring-like, but keep little heads warm..... as its still soooo cold here in the UK!   You should be able to knit one up in an evening or two.

    My spring beanies had this really nice write up in Love Knitting for Baby's May issue.


    I'm also writing to let you know that the PDF knitting pattern for my new 'Ellis' cabled baby blanket has just been released. I have chosen to design a 4ply blanket this time as this lightweight blanket is perfect for the summer months. This blanket has been knitted in Rowan Super Fine Merino 4ply in the colour Blush. You can also knit it in any other 4ply yarn that recommends 3.25mm (US#3) needles.

    I chose this cool pale contemporary pink shade, but this blanket isn't just for girls. This unisex cable stitch will also look beautiful in other pale neutral colours, white, cream, dove grey and duck egg blue. Or choose fun brights, or boyish greens, browns, blues and greys.
    If you want to knit a blanket ahead of knowing if the 'bump' is a girl or boy, I find cream is always a good option.

    Don't forget to send in some photos of your finished knits as I always love to see them

    Speak again soon

    Happy Knitting!

    Linda Whaley

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