Life In Colour

Yesterday was my last day working at the company I’ve been with for just over 10 years, as I’ve taken the nerve-wracking but exciting decision to continue my career elsewhere. It was quite an emotional day and I’ve been really touched by the outpouring of kind words and well-wishes from my colleagues.

When presented with a huge card and a mystery parcel by my boss, I was overwhelmed to find this inside:
Alpaca Colour Yarn

Clearly with some assistance from my boyfriend (who works at the same company) my colleagues had got together to buy me a stash of Rowan Alpaca Colour yarn. In the Alpaca Colour design collection there is a wonderful striped scarf that I completely fell in love with but couldn’t justify the cost of making right now, and my colleagues have bought me the full set of yarn required to make it!

Harewood Scarf

When I start my new job next week, I will initially be based in the local office one day a week and at an alternative office 4 days per week, which is about a 2 hour drive away. This means that sadly I will be staying in a hotel 4 nights a week for several weeks until the initial training period is finished, but at least now I have this lovely project to keep me very good company during that time!


If you haven’t seen this gorgeous yarn from Rowan yet, I recommend you check it out. Brand new for Autumn Winter 2013, it is DK weight, made with 100% baby alpaca and comes in 10 luscious shades. The photos don’t do the colour justice and you can’t imagine how soft it is without getting your hands on some in person.

Jasper 134Iron 135Emerald 136Agate 137
Ruby 138Garnet 139Blue John 140Amethyst 141
Graphite 142Topaz 143


The design collection is quite contemporary and casual. These a just a few of my personal highlights, aside from the aforementioned scarf.

Calke looks wonderfully snug and I love the honeycomb pattern detail

Moreton really caught my eye with the shoulder detail. I can’t work out whether I would actually wear it or not, but I still love it!

Coombe is another invitingly warm winter knit, and who could resist cables as lovely as these?

Longshaw is a truly luxurious wrap. That eye-catching texture made in such a rich shade makes it irresistible for this autumn/winter.

Ashridge is a classic v-neck cardigan with the versatility to be dressed casually or towards the smarter end of your wardrobe. The simple lines will allow whichever shade of yarn you choose to really shine through.

Bolberry is my absolute favourite (my scarf aside, that is!) The asymmetrical detailing that you can see running from hip to hem on the front transforms what is otherwise quite a simple jumper into something much more intriguing. Yet another great texture is featured here too, and that wonderful shade of Agate steals the show, yet again.

Make sure to check out the whole collection on Rowan’s website and visit your local stockist to see just how gorgeous this yarn is in person.


  • Amanda

    05 October 2013 at 19:32 Reply

    Okay, now I definitely need to learn how to knit so I can make Coombe and Ashridge, because they are TO DIE FOR.

    • Sarah

      13 October 2013 at 14:45 Reply

      Coombe is particularly gorgeous! I am a sucker for cables and those ones are fab.


    05 October 2013 at 20:06 Reply

    You have clearly made a wonderful impact on the people you have worked with. Hoping you enjoy your new employment, and know you’ll cherish the scarf as well as the experience of knitting it!

    • Sarah

      13 October 2013 at 14:46 Reply

      Thank you, Kristin! I was so touched, and it will make a wonderful scarf even more special when it’s finished 🙂

  • Kristen

    06 October 2013 at 16:23 Reply

    What a lovely gift! I am making the same scarf, the colors are beautiful!

    • Sarah

      13 October 2013 at 14:47 Reply

      Oh yay, I look forward to seeing yours too! I’ve not done loads yet this week, but I have been through each colour twice so far and I just can’t get over how amazing they all are. I will want it to be winter every day so I never have to take it off 😀

  • dayanaknits

    06 October 2013 at 17:36 Reply

    Holy crap, you lucky ducky!!!! 😀

    • Sarah

      13 October 2013 at 14:47 Reply

      Tell me about it, I can’t believe how lucky I am! 😀

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