Armchair Travel Knit Kit 3: The Far Fields
An ode to our grazing fiber friends… and a deep winter, after-the-holidays-are-over knitting treat for you. Our Armchair Travel Knit Kit #3 provides you with a glimpse into the colors, textures and flavors of our Knitting in the Northern Borders tour. It includes a lovely new pattern that will transport you to northern England and southern Scotland and a chance to work with yarn from one of our favorite fiber farms in Northumberland, Whistlebare. PLUS, we’ve included two of Whistlebare proprietor Alice Elsworth’s recipes for scrummy classic British bakes. Even when she has her hands full taking care of fiber animals, running a yarn business, caring for a family and hosting us when we’re in the area, Alice never fails to provide us with coffee, tea and fantastic cakes when we visit. We love them. We love her. Now you can have a taste of her fantastic bakes at home while we await a green light for travel.
Rowan Tree Travel will host an online, Zoom-based KAL, for a winter boost of camaraderie, laughter and help with the pattern. Sessions will be scheduled just after yarn arrives from England & kits are shipped out to you. We look forward to knitting up this lovely garment together!
- Your requested # of skeins in fingering weight of Whistlebare’s Yeavering Bell
- Hardcopy Pattern (booklet bound) + Electronic Pattern (pdf - delivered by email)
- An RTT Project Bag
- Alice’s Fantastic British Bakes (recipes)
- Kit Cards
About the Design:
The Far Fields is reminiscent of the vibrant green, sheep-dotted pastures all around us as we travel through the UK visiting fiber artisans, historic villages, castles, cathedrals and coastlines. The garment’s body is a meadow of lace grass. It’s then bounded by cables on both sides, representing fence, hedge and stone wall enclosures. Work yours up at the size you prefer. Once completed, wrap yourself in the stole, shawl or afghan version of The Far Fields. Close your eyes. Picture yourself immersed in the stunning landscapes of the Scottish Borders, England’s Northumberland, Yorkshire and Durham counties, and the ever-enchanting Lake District. Aaaah… feel the stress melt away. What a treat!
The Far Fields can be knit in a variety of weights and sizes. Our kit offers two variations. To help you decide what you’ll need, here are some guidelines:
- For a lightweight stole (approx size 22” x 60”), order a kit with 2 skeins fingering weight Yeavering Bell. If you wish for more length (80” or beyond), plan to add fringe or tassels, or are one of those “just in case” folks, get a kit with 3 skeins of fingering weight Yeavering Bell.
About the yarn:
There’s something very, very special about fiber farms that care for animals and land, gather the resultant wool and produce yarn from their own flocks. They are shepherds in the fullest sense of the word. Located in Northumberland, the northernmost county of England, Whistlebare is a perfect example of this type of enterprise. We are inspired by the attentiveness, integrity and high standards exhibited in every step of their process. The family-run farm keeps pedigreed flocks of Angora goats for a harvest of fine quality mohair. They also keep Wensleydale sheep - a magnificent old British breed that produces long-stapled, lustrous wool. By combining the two, Whistlebare has created a yarn with fantastic hand, drape and color saturation. It’s called Yeavering Bell. If you’ve tried knitting, weaving or crocheting with and/or wearing mohair and have not been very successful (or even very enthusiastic about your experience), you are in for a big surprise. Just 20% wool added to the mohair makes a huge difference in the characteristics of the yarn. Yeavering Bell is truly unique. And in our opinion, a showstopper of a yarn. We are pleased to collaborate with Whistlebare on this kit.
About the designer:
Suzie Briddsang is a guide and tour manager for Rowan Tree Travel. She designed this shawl while picturing herself wrapped in it at home, in front of the fireplace, and also with it draped across her as she tries to sleep during long, international flights. As a designer, Suzie is adamant that wearables incorporate craftsmanship, utility and joy – in their making and then in the wearing. In the words of William Morris, “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” Suzie would say that sentiment is appropriate for our closets as well. Clothes that work hard, suit many situations and are a joy to make and wear – well, that’s where the magic lies. The Far Fields is her second pattern offering in collaboration with Rowan Tree Travel. Suzie is also an avid travel writer and loves visiting fiber animals at every destination. Travel along by visiting her blog (link).
May we suggest…
Enhance The Far Fields with any of our newest shop offerings. We’ve added a few items to our shop for use on or in making this kit!
Get one (or several!) of our Felicita Pins for holding your garment in place. We have a special price on two pins: $24 (regularly $28).
What could be more fun than a row of sheep at the edge of your “meadow”? We’ve got some fun, Most Fuzzy Sheep Buttons available for a limited time.
Rare Sheep Breed Stitch Markers! Because we love sheep. We figure you do too. They can provide more than just fiber. They can help you keep track of your place as you knit your way along The Far Fields.
We ship on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Orders received by end of day (11:59pm ET) Monday will ship on Tuesday. Orders received by end of day (11:59pm ET) Thursday will ship on Friday.
Please ONLY enter the first 5 digits of your zipcode (not the additional 4 digits). The shipping rate cannot be calculated correctly if you enter those extra 4 digits.
If your order includes a pre-order item, all items will be shipped together when the preorder item(s) ship. If you prefer your other items right away, please place a separate order for them.
Free shipping within the U.S. on orders of $125 and greater.
Free shipping to Canada on orders of $225 (before shipping) or greater.
Shipping to all other international locations will be charged regular USPS shipping rates; this is calculated automatically at checkout.