A trip around the world with Georgia Farrell and Rowan


Jenny here, I’m one of the new members of the Sew Much To Do team and I’m based in our Bury St Edmunds shop…I’m also taking over the shop blog and have a new project to share with you which I hope you’ll find as exciting and fun as I do!

As you know, we’re the local flagship store for Rowan Yarns and are huge fans of a designer called Georgia Farrell who regularly works with Rowan. So we were particularly thrilled that Georgia had teamed up with Rowan to do a Knit Along (KAL)!

Georgia’s “A Built World” KAL takes us on a global knitting journey with patterns inspired by Georgia’s travel journals.

The KAL features seven beautifully textured squares in a choice of palettes, using Rowan Pure Wool Superwash Worsted yarn. Within the KAL, Georgia has created a collection of modern homeware designs that use different combinations of the squares and colours.

"A Built World” Knitalong Kit
“A Built World” Knitalong Kit

Georgia and Rowan assure us that this KAL is suitable for those relatively new to knitting and will teach us some new techniques, so as a beginner level knitter we thought it would be great if I followed the KAL and blogged about it here.
It would be great if you could join me too – we can chat about how we are
doing in our Facebook group and maybe meet up at the shop when we have finished to show off our items!

Firstly let me introduce you to the KAL. All the information for it is available on the Facebook and Instagram accounts of both Rowan Yarns and Georgia Farrell. To access the KAL and it’s patterns, you will need to register on Rowan Connect – Rowan’s new dedicated educational area – it’s free and simple to register.

The KAL was launched in April with the release of a video of Georgia chatting with Kerry Kimber from Rowan Yarns about her inspiration, theme, colourways and options of the KAL. This was a really interesting and informative introduction and I couldn’t wait to get started!

Designer Georgia Farrell with some of her "A Built World" KAL samples
Designer Georgia Farrell with some of her “A Built World” KAL samples

I decided to treat myself to some new needles especially for this KAL and chose the fabulous bamboo Sirdar needles from the shop. Aren’t they fun? I have coveted them since I started in the shop and this was just too good an excuse!

Cushions and Runner from the "A Built World" KAL
Cushions and Runner from the “A Built World” KAL
One of the vibrant Runners from the "A Built World" KAL
One of the vibrant Runners from the “A Built World” KAL

In the starter video Georgia and Kerry talk about the importance of tension squares. This is something I haven’t really paid attention to before but will do so in this case. Obviously with making a blanket or runner it really doesn’t matter how big or small it turns out (within reason) but as the yarn supplied in a kit contains a specific quantity, I can see that in this instance it is essential…Imagine getting part way through and running out of yarn! As I waited for the first pattern to be released I did my tension square, put together my essentials kit and tried to guess where we are going for the first pattern! Georgia will be dropping hints all week leading up to the Friday release day.

Let us know if you are going to be joining in with us and which option you have chosen…And now that our blog technical issues are sorted we’ll get our blog back on track and I’ll post my next KAL instalments very soon to get caught up…ah, those technology gremlins, thank heavens for our knitting to keep us calm!!

See you on my next instalment!
Jenny x

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