Rowan Limited Release Yarns Arriving In Fall 2016

Exciting New Concept From Rowan!

This Fall/Winter, Rowan will be introducing a limited release selection of new yarns to include Fine Silk, Cashmere, Hemp Tweed Chunky and Softest Merino Wool.

Many wonderful patterns for babies, men and women will be available with the launch of these new yarns designed by some of our favorites, Lisa Richardson, Sarah Hatton and Martin Storey.

Fine Silk

A fine yarn made in Italy with a silky sheen, it is soft to your touch because of merino and viscose fibers.

40% silk 30% wool 30% viscose
25 gram balls
Approximately 150 m (164/yds)
Gauge: 35 sts/45 rows to 10 cm/4 in
Knit on 2 1/4 mm ndls

*Please note that the color of the actual balls of yarn will differ slightly due to the original print quality of the color swatches shown here.


Made in Italy this is a soft cashmere yarn made of 95% cashmere and 5% wool, ideal for babies and womens garments. It is recommended that you wash your finished garment before wearing to maximize the softness.

25 gram balls
Approximately 75 m (82 yds)
Gauge: 20 sts/28 rows to 10 cm/4 in
Knit on 4 1/2 mm needles

*Please note that the color of the actual balls of yarn will differ slightly due to the original print quality of the color swatches shown here.

Hemp Tweed Chunky

Hemp Tweed Chunky is soft to the touch with a modern tweed effect. A 'breathable' yarn, hemp tweed garments will naturally soften with wear and are resistant to stretching.

75% wool 25% true hemp made in Italy
100 gram balls
Approximately 100m (120 yds)
Gauge: 14 sts/19 rows to 10cm/4in
Knit on 6 mm ndls

*Please note that the color of the actual balls of yarn will differ slightly due to the original print quality of the color swatches shown here.

Softest Merino Wool

Ideal for cool weather garments and accessories, this super soft chunky roving yarn is made of 100% extrafine merino wool.

Made in Romania
100 gram balls
Approximately 100 m (109 yds)
Gauge: 13 1/2 sts/19 rows to 10 cm/4 in
Knit on 7 mm ndls

*Please note that the color of the actual balls of yarn will differ slightly due to the original print quality of the color swatches shown here.

Classes Being Offered – Learn to Knit Socks & Free Classes to Finish Your Martin Storey Knit-Along Afghan

Sock Class

Looking for a small project to knit this summer? Learn how to knit socks!

Supplies to be purchased at the first class:

> Sock yarn - solid colours
> Double pointed needles (DPN's) - 3 to 3 1/4 mm wood
> Scissors, small safety pins, measuring tape and needle gauge ruler
> Crochet hook - 2 1/2 mm
> "Need a Sock - Cabin Fever" book

WHEN: Tuesdays from 1 pm to 3 pm with the first class beginning on May 24th. Classes will run through to June 14th, 2016.

WHERE: Wool N'Things Classroom

COST: $90.00 for lessons + supplies

Registration is required for the sock class. Please contact Mary Ellen Williams at 613-824-0638 to register. You will be paying Mary Ellen directly for the lessons.

Martin Storey Knit-Along Afghan – Sewing the Squares

If you need help sewing your squares together, come join us on Saturday, May 14th, 2016 from 10 am to Noon. Mary Ellen has many years of knitting experience, therefore she will provide you with many sewing tricks and tips.

This class is FREE so please call Wool N'Things at 613-841-8689 to reserve your spot. Please note: If we do not receive any registrations, the class will be cancelled.

Martin Storey Knit-Along Afghan – Sewing the Border

Sewing a border on a large afghan may be tricky, so join us on Saturday, May 28th, 2016 from 10 am to Noon. Mary Ellen and Carmen have many years of experience between the two of them, therefore they will be able to provide you with many sewing tricks and tips.

This class is FREE so please call Wool N'Things at 613-841-8689 to reserve your spot. Please note: If we do not receive any registrations, the class will be cancelled.


Blue Sky Alpacas Extra & Suri Merino

Blue Sky Alpacas Extra

A luxurious mix of 55% baby alpaca and 45% fine merino wool, Blue Sky Alpacas Extra comes in 150 gram hanks. A versatile Aran weight yarn, Wool N’Things offers a full array of rich colours.

Weight: 150 grams
Approx: 218 yds/199 m
Needle Size: 4.5 – 5.5 mm
Gauge: 4-5 sts per inch
Care: Hand wash or dry clean


Blue Sky Alpaca EXTRA_all colours in circle


Blue Sky Alpacas Suri Merino

This sumptuous yarn is 60% baby suri alpaca and 40% merino wool. Soft like cashmere with a sheen similar to silk, this single ply light worsted weight Suri Merino is available in pastels, neutrals and some bright colours. Suri Merino works well with large or small needles and will hold your cables or other textured stitches.

Weight: 100 grams
Approx: 164 yds/149 m
Needle Size: 3.75 – 4.5 mm
Gauge: 5-6 sts per inch (*suggested gauge but can be worked on larger or smaller needles)
Care: Hand wash or dry clean


Blue Sky Alpaca SURI MERINO



Interested in following Blue Sky Alpacas blog and getting some free patterns, perfect for Extra and Suri Merino? Go to:


James C. Brett Yarns In Stock

We offer an array of James C. Brett chunky yarns made from 100% premium washable acrylic. Available in many colour variations, the patterns available will have you knitting up accessories and garments in no time for the infants, children and adults in your family. Knit on 6 mm needles.

James C. Brett Marble Chunky

Each 200 g ball has 312 m/341 yds. Tension 14 sts + 20 rows per 10 cm/4 in.
See our sample sweaters in store.

James C. Brett Party Time Chunky

Each 100 g ball is 154 m/167 yds. Tension of 14 sts + 20 rows per 10 cm/4 in.

James C. Brett Baby Marble Chunky

Each ball is 100g with 156 m/170 yds. Tension is 14 sts + 20 rows per 10 cm/4 in.

Infant & Children’s Sirdar Snuggly Jolly

Have an infant or child to knit for? Sirdar's Snuggly Jolly DK is a soft washable yarn with a blend of 51% Bamboo, 37% Acrylic and 12% Nylon. It comes in vibrant color effect shades and is perfect for all seasons.

Sweater pattern is available in store.


Schachenmayr Original & Fashion Tahiti

Schachenmayr Original & Fashion Tahiti yarns are in store now in a beautiful array of spring & summer colors.  This 50 gram ball of yarn is a 99% cotton/1% polyester blend.  We also have beautiful summer patterns that you can crochet or knit up quickly. Check out our sample crocheted summer top using the Fashion Tahiti.

Spring Is Coming!

Celebrate the transition into spring with a new cotton knitting project.   Love denim blue? Everything you see can be purchased at Wool N’Things.  Rowan’s beautiful Original Denim is a 100% cotton that knits up beautifully and comes in two traditional denim shades as well as black.  Rowan’s Knitting & Crochet Magazine Number 59 has several sweater patterns featuring this yarn in its Coastal series.

Featured is our small Panier Burberry bag by Monsieur Panier.  Hand crafted by artisans in Madagascar, these ecologically friendly bags are available at Wool N’Things in many colors and sizes.  Perfect for holding all your knitting supplies but can be used for so many things.

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Rowan’s Original Denim     $5.99/50 gram ball

Small Panier Burberry bag     $28.00

Rowan’s Knitting & Crochet Magazine Number 59     $24.95


Introducing Rowan’s New Spring Yarns – Softyak DK & Summerlite DK

Wool N’ Things is pleased to announce the arrival of Rowan’s two new yarns for Spring 2016 – Softyak DK and Summerlite DK.

Softyak DK

Softyak DK is a perfect yarn to transition into the Spring & Summer seasons. Ideal for both knitting and crochet projects, Softyak DK is a blend of 76% Cotton, 9% Nylon and 15% Yak. The yak gives the yarn a super soft feel while the nylon provides strength. Softyak DK is available in a beautiful colour palette and we offer all in-store for $12.99/50 gram ball.

Also available is the Rowan Softyak DK collection of 12 designs by Marie Wallin.

Summerlite DK

Summerlite DK is a beautiful soft 100% cotton yarn. Available in a spectacular collection of colours ranging from soft pastels to spring/summer brights for $7.99/50 gram ball.

12 designs for Women, by Martin Storey, are now available in Rowan’s Summerlite DK book.


New Spring Rowan Pattern Books Have Arrived!

Rowan Knitting & Crochet Magazine Number 59

A beautiful collection of 36 versatile designs by some of our favorites including Lisa Richardson, Sarah Hatton, Gemma Atkinson, Martin Storey, Marie Wallin, Kaffe Fassett, Zandra Rhodes, Carlo Volpi, Amy Herzog, Heather Dixon and Cirilia Rose. Rowan offers 18 stunning Coastal inspired designs for both men and women, the history of the Guernsey, an interview with Rowan Designer Carlo Volpi and 18 vibrant designs for women inspired by Japan. Pick up your new Rowan Magazine now!

Rowan Loves….Cotton Lustre & All Seasons Cotton

The fourth book in this series offers 9 designs which can be knit with either Cotton Lustre or All Seasons Cotton. Designed by Gemma Atkinson, these patterns are offered in beautiful soft spring colours that will transition you into the season.

Wool N’ Things Is Participating in the Martin Storey Knit-a-Long – Starts January 28th, 2016!


Martin Storey Knit Along 2016 Header Image


Wool N’ Things is proud to announce its participation in the second Martin Storey Knit-a-Long (KAL) which starts on Thursday, January 28th, 2016 with the publication of the instructions for the first square of the afghan, on the KnitRowan web site (  Every following two weeks, a new square will be introduced.

With proof of purchase of the Rowan Worsted yarn at Wool N’ Things, we will offer free consultation and help on the Wednesday following the introduction of instructions for a new square (See Schedule Below).  Please note that the free consultation is not a class, but our way of helping you if you are stuck reading and understanding the square patterns, so don’t hesitate to drop in between 1 pm – 3 pm.

A notification will be sent to participants to remind you of the date and time of the free consultation.

We are also reducing the price of Rowan Worsted yarn required for the KAL from $11.50 to $10.50 per 100g ball.


KAL Schedule for Square Release & Wool N’ Things Free Consultation and Help Sessions

KAL Square Release Date Square Released Description Wool N’ Things Free Consultation Help Session
January 28, 2016 First Square February 3, 2016  1 pm – 3 pm
February 11, 2016 Second Square February 17, 2016  1 pm – 3 pm
February 25, 2016 Third Square March 2, 2016  1 pm – 3 pm
March 10, 2016 Fourth Square March 16, 2016  1 pm – 3 pm
March 24, 2016 Fifth Square March 30, 2016  1 pm – 3 pm
April 7, 2016 Sixth Square April 13, 2016  1 pm – 3 pm
April 21, 2016 Seventh Square April 27, 2016  1 pm – 3 pm
May 5, 2016 Eighth Square May 11, 2016  1 pm – 3 pm
May 12, 2016 The Edging Design May 18, 2016  1 pm – 3 pm
May 26, 2016

Close of Project and Competition Launch


Martin KAL Blanket HR_for January 2016 posting

For Martin's second Knit-a-Long (KAL) in Rowan Pure Wool Superwash Worsted, he looked to the motifs, textures and colors of Northern Europe. Inspired by the current popularity in interior design, wallpaper and fashion design and influenced by knitted textures and fairisle patterns from the Shetland and Faeroe Isles, as well as Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Iceland, he has created eight squares to combine into a beautiful finished afghan.

Once again this KAL has been designed with the beginner knitter in mind. In this blanket, the knitter will start to create more recognizable motifs in both one and two color squares, delicate motifs in simple textures, lace and with a further option that introduces the beginner knitter to a simple bead technique, patterns and different stitches.

Martin's instructions will link all these motif squares together and introduce a brand new 'colorwork' skill during this KAL. Three of the squares will be designed in two color work, using this new technique that eliminates the "fairisle-headache" of stranding and weaving the yarns into the wrong side of the work. This skill, Martin promises, will be revealed during the course of the KAL.

Throughout the KAL, Rowan will offer videos by Martin Storey that explain his design process, stitch techniques and finishing ideas.

Images of the finished KAL afghan will be available from Rowan prior to the release of the first clue.
Knitters will be able to acquaint themselves with the different squares and can look forward to more clarity about the finished project.

Martin has created four classic tonal palettes, chosen to fit in with the most popular interior color schemes – a very soft and natural palette; a calming blue palette; a fresh green palette and a zingy spice palette. All to fit the knitter’s mood and interior.


To view the four colourway charts click on the link below:

KAL Colourway Charts

Notions needed: 

1 pair - straight or circular - Size US 7 (4.5 mm) needles

1 pair - straight or circular - Size US 6 (4.0 mm) needles

Sewing needle

The Martin Storey KAL will consist of eight squares, each to be knit six times, totaling 48 squares in all. An additional edging will be created to frame the arranged squares in order to create a truly finished project that can be enjoyed for years.

A new square pattern will be released every two weeks via the website and linked via Ravelry.

Rowan’s KAL Competition:

Share a picture of your finished project to win a yarn hamper worth £100.  To enter, simply email your picture to, Martin Storey will judge a winner to be announced June 20th, 2016.  Closing date is June 19th, 2016 at 5 pm UK time.  For terms and conditions see


Free Rowan Patterns Now Available On Our Website!

Patterns for Rowan’s beautiful Swarovski Scarf made with Kidsilk Haze & Swarovski crystals as well as the Cliona Beret from Rowan’s Fazed Tweed Collection are now available on our Patterns page for you to download. Wool N’Things has a wonderful selection of yarn colours and crystals available to make both of these great projects.


Message From Gisele

Wool N’ Things has just received the following yarns:

  • 4 new colours in Cocoon by Rowan
  • 3 new colours in Aztek by James Brett
  • 5 new colours in Marble Chunky by James Brett
  • 5 new colours of Thick & Thin by Rowan (the new accessories book is full of small projects for this yarn)
  • 4 new colours in Misti Tonos Chunky (50% Merino, 50% Alpaca)
  • 5 new variegated colours in Rowan Worsted
  • All colours in the new Super Fine Merino, 4-ply, DK and Aran by Rowan





Exciting New Merchandise Is Beginning to Arrive for Fall!

Some great new merchandise is beginning to arrive for the fall season including:
Rowan's Fall Winter Magazine #58
New Rowan Pattern Books: Easy Aran Knits, Winterscapes and Hemp Tweed
Alpaca Merino DK by Rowan
New Pattern Books Available: Kim Hargreaves Echoes and Lace Knits by Ann Kingstone
Regia Pairfect Sock Yarn (will give you 2 identical socks every time)
Rowan's Hemp Tweed