Picking the Perfect Yarns

images (9)Beginner knitters may be trying out this new method to relieve stress and anxiety, or they may simply love the idea of knitting their own blanket. Whatever the reason, beginner knitters often wind up throwing themselves into one project or another, and wind up feeling confused as they look at the large selection of Rowan string that is offered.

There is tweed, alpaca, wool cotton and others. It can be a bit overwhelming, but beginner knitters can follow this guide for their first project.


Most people have heard of Alpaca sweaters. These sweaters are known for being softer than other types, and that is exactly what this product is known for too.

Projects produced from Alpaca will be impressively soft, and will feel wonderful against the skin. Sweaters made from this material are known for keeping individuals warm during the coldest winters, and for being comfortable for the pickiest individuals.

Alpaca fiber is ideal for projects that are intended for individuals that have allergies due to the hypo allergic nature. Alpaca has a different genetic makeup than wool, so it will not hang onto dust and other allergens like wool fibers do. Instead of fibers collecting dust, resulting in the person itching and sneezing, they will feel comfortable and warm all day long.


Wool is a popular choice, and many individuals are familiar with wool sweaters. Wool is a universal product that will work well for any project that knitters want to last awhile. Wool is usually a more average price, and will last an average amount of time without showing excessive wear and tear like other varieties, such as Alpaca.

Alpaca is a great product for everyone, but it does tend to cost a bit more than more common products, such as wool. Wool can be used for everything from curtains to sweaters to blankets. It is not as absorbent as cotton, but it does still absorb a small amount of water when washed.


Cotton is known for being soft and absorbent. A simple glance through one’s closet can easily reveal a number of cotton products. Common pieces of clothing and other cloth items are usually made of cotton, such as sheets, blankets, shirts, socks and so on. All three of the types of yarns listed are ideal for clothing, but cotton is usually the most affordable and easiest to care for.

There is one thing that tends to make cotton stand out from the rest: it is great for towels. Other Rowan products, such as Alpaca and Wool are great choices for clothing, but knitters that plan on making towels are encouraged to go with cotton. Cotton can absorb more water than Alpaca and Wool, meaning that it is easier to wash (hence why it is so popular for clothing), and is ideal for towels.

Knitting has a great deal of health benefits, and can reduce levels of anxiety in a matter of minutes. When knitters begin their first project, the wide selection of Rowan products available can make things a bit confusing. “What type of yarns should be used for certain projects?” is a commonly asked question, and it comes with a rather simple answer: whatever type you feel is best.

Individuals that like Alpaca can make anything they would like out of this high quality product, and cotton is so universal it can be used for anything. There are no rules or set standards as to which product is best for certain projects, excluding towels.

Individuals that plan to make towels are encouraged to use cotton due to its high absorbency. Take the time to explore different varieties of Rowan yarns to discover your favorite types; it will be a fun process.

Years ago, Katherine found herself unable to work a traditional job. As the hours passed by, and she watched her husband sheer the sheep, she decided to make her own yarns. As it became a popular product at local farm markets due to its exceptional quality. It was then that this small business began to grow.


The Rich History of a Brand Born in 1881

unduhan (16)The county of Northamptonshire, England, has long been renowned for its boots and shoe making; the village of Wollaston just outside of Wellingborough is no exception. Until the latter part of the 19th century, shoes and boots were normally made in homes by individual shoemakers, who were paid only for the work they had ready when the collector came with his barrow to the door. Remuneration was poor and there was little security of employment.

In an attempt to impose some regularity of income, in 1881 five men living in Wollaston banded together to form a co-operative (a company owned and run by the people working in it), called the Northamptonshire Productive Society (NPS). Their premises were based in a dove house located in Thrift Street, Wollaston, and NPS was locally referred to as ‘the Duffers’. Luck was with them from the outset as they managed to secure an order for army boots from the Government, an order which would sustain them for the first year.

As industrialisation spread in England during the late nineteenth Century, demand in England and abroad for high-quality boots steadily increased. Accordingly, NPS enjoyed rapid growth and by the turn of the previous century NPS had grown to 80 employees. Consequently, NPS moved to a larger purpose-built factory on South Street, which although modified and expanded, they occupy to this day.

Footwear has been made at NPS with various different construction methods, including riveted and stitched, stuck-on, vulcanised and more recently Goodyear welted which is now used in all their shoe production. In the 1950’s Austrian Dr. Maerten (subsequently anglicised to Dr. Marten) and his associate Mr Funck developed a now famous air cushion sole. R. Griggs Group Ltd., who owned the rights to manufacture footwear with this technology, sought out the best local factories to manufacture footwear using this sole. NPS was an obvious choice and in 1959 the first English pair of sample boots with air-cushioned soles was welted in the NPS factory. For 35 years NPS produced Solovair (Sole-of-Air) boots and shoes under license, which were sold under the name “Dr Martens by Solovair”.

Times change and NPS no longer produces boots and shoes under license, but they have maintained their independence and high-quality standards. NPS patented the name Solovair in 1995 and their latest range of footwear not only maintains their original manufacturing quality, but the products have been enhanced with a new ‘Soft Suspension’ sole that improves the comfort and durability.

The famous production standards of NPS has secured Solovair a reputation with retailers and discerning customers, as a premium soft suspension product. Rather than have a continuous production line, which they believe offers the operative no time to notice and correct any errors, NPS is organised in areas according to distinct stages of production. Each pair is only passed from one area to another when the respective operative is satisfied they are ready. In this respect, there is a far slimmer chance that an unsatisfactory shoe or boot will result at the end of the production process. In effect it is a continuous quality control process not employed by many other factories.

NPS continue to remain true to their ideals, combining over 130 years of tradition, the latest technology and materials, in order to produce the best quality shoes and boots. To maintain this undisputed quality, their products will always be hand-made from start (‘clicking’) to ‘finishing’ in the UK.


Back to Classics – Straight Leg Pants

unduhan (17)When it comes to choosing proper outfits for different occasions we often come to the thought that to do our best we need to own all the kinds of clothing possible. Sometimes we seek help looking through magazines and catalogues which also add to the idea of having spacious closet to store all these essential items though in reality you don’t need that much to look good.

While lots of us have no trouble when picking tops, choosing the right type of pants might become challenging. But, honestly speaking, everything is much easier than fashion experts make it look like. Just two or three most common styles might become a perfect basis for your wardrobe. For example a single pair of straight leg pants for women can do real magic. Let’s look closer at those.

As it is easily deducted from the name this is the type of pants that has the same width of the leg from the hip down. Still the width may vary. There are classic designs that sit quite loose on the hips and are pretty wide at the bottom. These are good to wear with heeled shoes. More recent styles are a bit narrower and sit tight at the hips and down the leg. They are often cropped so this is a good choice to show off shoes with cute ankle straps or decorations. And of course they look great with ballerina flats or more sporty types of shoes.

These pants can be made of very different types of fabric – from light natural linen to heavier polyester. More expensive brands offer sophisticated mixes of wool and silk. And of course for those who cannot imagine their lives without denim there are straight jeans. Women long ago adopted this style of classic men’s jeans and seem to feel very comfortable in those. Although they are considered not very appropriate for office work where more formal designs are preferred, there are ladies who manage to make straight leg jeans for women work in official environments.

If you decide to get yourself a new better fitting pair of straight leg pants, keep in mind some simple guidelines. These pants should not be too loose in the hip area otherwise they will make you look rather sloppy. It would be a good idea to go for pants made with some stretchy fibers as they generally fit more accurately and do not go baggy at the rear areas with time. The length of the leg is also important here. It is easier with straight legged jeans because you can simply roll them up and down but this trick won’t work with pants. If you are not sure which is the best match for you, ask the consultant at the store as they are usually trained to know such things. You can also take the pair of shoes you plan to wear with your new straight leg pants and try them on together. This way you will avoid unpleasant surprises later.


How to Love Your Leather

unduhan (15)Leather is one of those fashion items that becomes part of you. If you invest in a special piece – maybe a beautiful bag or a really sleek wallet – it really can last a lifetime. But if you totally neglect your much-loved wallet it may not last the distance.

The flipside is – you have to be practical. I mean who has time for buffing and polishing and preserving every item of leather you own. Let’s not get ridiculous! So we’ve done the research for you to come up with some hot tips on practical ways you can love your leather.

1. Know your leather. Is it finished or unfinished? Finished leather generally is flat in colour and is harder, colder and stiffer to touch than unfinished leather which is soft and warm to touch and more likely to be a rich colour.

2. Decide what kind of leather lover you want to be. One of the great things about leather is that it develops a life-story of it’s own over time. If you’re happy with a bit of change, some well-developed wrinkle lines and creases. Then you don’t really need to stress! But if you want to preserve your leather so it looks like new forever then you will need to work a bit harder.

3. Dry leather SLOWLY! If your bag or wallet cops some rain exposure or is splashes with a wayward beverage, don’t take to it with a hairdryer! Leather can warp or shrink if exposed to too much heat too quickly. Instead, give it a quick wipe. Room temperature and gentle air flow is always best for drying!

4. For cleaning, change tactics for the type of leather you’re treating. Finished leather can simply be wiped with a soft, damp cloth which unfinished leather (like suede) should be brushed with a soft brush.

5. If your leather product gets too dry and begins to crack – you might need to condition it. Finding a suitable leather condition can be tricky! There are a range of different products you can test but we love the leather care beewax dubbin by Gundara.

6. Finally be KIND to your leather. If you treat your leather right it will be by your side for life. So that means, don’t stuff your wallet full to overflowing so the leather stretches out of shape. Because it will NEVER go back to it’s original shape. And don’t pile things on top of it or let it get wet or sweaty. JUST BE NICE!