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 (www.knitrowan.com).  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 knitRowan.com 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 mail@knitrowan.com, 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 www.knitrowan.com.


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