This stunning Fair Isle sweater, knit in a warm merino-alpaca blend, features graphic snowflake and skier motifs.
Rowan Felted Tweed DK - 159 Carbon, 177 Clay
Martin was born in Hull and raised on a pig and arable farm in the village of Beeford on the East Yorkshire Coast.
It was here that Martin came under the influence of an infant teacher, Mrs Cross, who was keen to share her love of art and craft with both boys and girls. They all learned how to knit, do
cross-stitch, sewing and other general crafts. However, Martin's time at Bridlington grammar school was in stark contrast. The art department was terrorised by the school dropouts, whose
thuggish behaviour acted as a deterrent.
After school, still not knowing what to do, Martin went to work for a firm of auctioneers for a couple of years, but wasn't happy so returned home to help his father on the farm. Whilst working for his father, a chance meeting with a friend, who was studying fashion, led Martin to take an Art Foundation course in Hull. Martin then went on to do a degree course on Fashion at Middlesex University which allowed him to develop his interest in hand knits again and a little while after graduating he went to work for Artwork, a knitwear company run by Jane and Patrick Gottelier. Martin spent several years designing for Artwork, the label that has become synonymous with the wonderful denim yarn that can be machine washed and fades gracefully. After what he regarded a 15 year apprenticeship at Artwork he was ready to take up the challenge of being Chief Designer for Jaeger and more recently Rowan Classic.
Martin has been with Rowan for ten years now and is designing garments for the Rowan magazine and brochures each season, as well as regular designs for Vogue Knitting, Simply Knitting, The Knitter and Knitting Magazine.
"My inspiration for the design of the Franz Weber ski sweater was to create an eclectic 'pattern mix' of 'old-school' ski, traditional snowflake patterning with 'new-school' ski images of the downhill racer."