Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Beautiful Work

It's always nice to hear from our customers about their knitting projects. We recently received a distress phone call from a gentleman who was looking for just one more ball of the beautiful Rowan Lima to finish his garment. Derek had bought various colours of the Lima in August and needed just that one ball to finish his project. Within a day of us getting the phone call, the customer received this final ball of wool and was able to complete the jacket. He was so delighted that he sent us photos of the finished jacket.

It certainly looks fabulous and a lot of hard work has gone into it.

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Special Prize Draw Giveaway


To celebrate the launch of our new Facebook page, we are offering our fans a chance to win a Limited Edition hardback copy of Rowan Magazine 50.  This much-coveted item is not available to buy on our website, and to top it off, we're also giving away 4 balls of the gorgeous Rowan Creative Focus Worsted.

All you need to do to enter is to become a fan of McAree Brothers on Facebook!  Visit our Facebook page and click the "Like" button before midnight on Sunday 9th October 2011.  All our new fans will be entered into the prize draw and one lucky person will be selected using a random number generator.  We will publish the result on our Facebook wall, so keep an eye out to see if you've won!

Please note: staff members will not be entered into the prize draw.  Sorry guys...

Monday, 19 September 2011

McAree Brothers on Facebook

We've finally got around to creating a page on Facebook!  Find us at for all the news on our latest yarns and promotions.  Feel free to like us!

Tuesday, 13 September 2011


We are all very excited about our new workshop space that's opening up in our Stirling shop. Our workshops have proved to be very popular, and we can't wait to get started on this years wide variety of classes.

The first workshop this year is Carol Meldrum's 'Learn to Crochet', and it has already sold out! Don't worry though, there's still loads of interesting workshops coming up that you can sign up to.

How about the 'Finishing Techniques' workshop on the 19th of October? The final stage of making a garment is often the most daunting for some knitters, so if you want to develop your sewing up and finishing skills, this is the workshop for you.

On the 3rd of November we are very excited to have a workshop led by Jeanette Sloan on how to knit Turkish Heel Socks. This workshop will teach you a new approach to sock knitting that is fun and fabulous!

We have a treat for you crocheters out there in the form of Carol Meldrum's 'Tunisian Crochet Workshop' on the 19th of November. This workshop offers an insight into the magical world of Tunisian Crochet and we're sure it'll have you hooked (sorry!) in no time.

Finally, we have our 'Knitting for your Christmas Tree' workshop on the 3rd of December with Katherine Lymer, a Rowan Design Consultant. Here you can learn some great tricks for making beautiful festive decorations which will be admired by all!

If any of these workshops have captured your imagination, you can sign up through our website, or by sending us an email at

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Rowan Lace

The much-anticipated Rowan Lace booklet has finally arrived.  They teased us by releasing the beautiful Rowan Fine Lace earlier this year before they gave us any patterns!  Here in the shop, we're all coveting the Cameo Shawl (pictured above, knitted in shade 928 Porceline).  Imagine our surprise when we discovered that it knit up from only 4 balls!  Rowan Fine Lace contains approximately 400m per 50g ball - that's some good yardage.

The yarn is soft and luxurious, the designs are delicate and feminine, and the book contains both crochet and knitting patterns.  Yet another item I'll be adding to my Christmas Wish List...