In December I decided I needed a big, bulky, cream-colored cowl and spent several hours perusing all of the cowls in my queue and favorites on Ravelry. I wanted something simple and preferably knitted in the round. I wound up choosing the Annie Cowl, which is knit flat, but still met all of my other criteria.
I knit it up in some Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Bulky in Bare that’s been in my stash forever.
This VERY simple (maybe a little too simple) cowl knit up very quickly over the holidays, but it took me a few days to get around to blocking and finishing it.
I’m happy with the finished project. In a neutral it goes with just about everything and is very warm, which has been great the past few weeks as we’ve actually gotten some winter weather mixed in with a lovely spring.
I finished three cowls in February, so they really are all around! Around the house, around my neck, all around.
The first one is my Northern Loop, which I knit using some Swish Bulky in Potion. I still can’t believe this yarn is discontinued! After seeing that it was knit lengthwise (and not in the round), I almost chose another pattern because I generally hate knitting scarves. And a seamed cowl is just a seamed scarf. But I’m glad I stuck it out (bulky yarn for the win) because this is a great match of pattern and yarn.
The second is my GAP-tastic Cowl — my second cowl using this pattern. It was a great choice for the Rowan Thick ‘n’ Thin my parents brought me back from their trip to England. I find it crazy how different this cowl looks than the first (which I gave to my mom) due to the varying thickness of the yarn. The puffy pieces really stick out and make for a very interesting texture.
Lastly, my Roam cowl. This was my first time using a Mobius cast-on, which blew my math-loving mind. So fun to knit but so many stitches — I even ran out of yarn doing the bind-off! Many thanks to Alohablu who sent me her leftovers so I could finish without ripping back. I think a Mobius cowl that needs pretty intense blocking is a weird choice after trying to do it and as many people pointed out in their notes, this cowl looks totally different on the two “sides” you create working out from the middle. I don’t think it’s noticeable to non-knitters but I also know that’s the kind of thing that would annoy many knitters so I’ll give my fair warning! This was my first Hawthorne project and I definitely liked the yarn. Since I bought mine during the Cyber Monday sale they’ve released kettle-dyed colors, which look amazing and I can’t wait to get some!
Not the Roam Cowl and not Atlas Shrugged! While I am done with neither, I have other things going too now. I was binding off my Roam Cowl yesterday and realized I was definitely going to run out of yarn doing the stretchy bind-off. And that I definitely did not want to pick back a (seemingly) billion stitches to redo it. Fortunately I’ve already heard back from some kind ravelers with leftovers that they are happy to send them my way, so all should be well soon. As for Atlas Shrugged, I’m getting close!
I saw this book, The Lost Art of Dress, in someone else’s pile at the library while I was waiting to check out and knew I would want to read it. So far it reminds me of the idea that teaching has struggled as a profession since it lost its place as the career for the best and brightest women. It seems that home economics has suffered in a similar way.
This is a Northern Loop cowl, which is both free and an incredibly easy pattern, with just a two-row repeat! I’m using some Swish Bulky (sadly discontinued) in Potion. I cast on yesterday and worked on it while catching up on Downton Abbey and The Great British Baking Show. I’m knitting along with the Cowls group’s February “Fat Yarn” KAL, which bulky yarn on size 10.5 needles definitely qualifies for — they both seem huge after knitting so many fingering weight projects lately!
Nothing very exciting to see here, I’m afraid. Same book, same knitting.
I spent a long weekend with my good friend Tara and her family in Wisconsin — and had so much fun! We laughed, we cried, we ate amazing food. It was a wonderful weekend, if a bad weekend for getting crafty things done. She signed up for her first knitting class though, so maybe next visit we’ll both be doing some knitting!
Today I started on my Roam Cowl — my first Möbius cast on! I used Cat Bordhi’s video to help me and only had to do it twice to get it right. I’m using some Knit Picks Hawthorne I bought during the Big Sale this year when it was half price.
Ever since I was little and Muse magazine (I was an original subscriber!) did a piece on Möbius strips, I’ve been hooked by their “magic,” as I would describe it. So to see the hot mess that is the Möbius cast on and then to watch it grow from the inside out because it only has one edge is insanely cool. I highly recommend Möbius knitting for all geeks.
Atlas Shrugged is coming along, slowly but surely. My husband Gavin read (listened to) it last year and convinced me I had to start reading it and it’s been slow going. It’s taken me a while to get all the characters straight but I am honestly enjoying it at this point over halfway through.
In the first three days of January I finished three knitting projects!
Before Christmas but after we’d already purchased our gifts, my college-age brother-in-law mentioned that he would really like a knit scarf. Since we already had his Christmas gifts (and to be honest, my knitting roster was full!) and his birthday is in May, this is going to be an early birthday gift. It’s in the two colors he mentioned, green and gold. I had purchased this Biggo during Knitpicks’ Cyber Monday sale with gift knitting in mind so I had to patch together the colors to get enough for a scarf. The striping pattern is a little funky when it’s laid out, but I think it’ll look fine when it’s on.
Then I cast on a cowl for myself, which I’ve been thinking about for a few weeks. I had been working on styling my chambray shirt for winter and found myself really wishing I had a cream cowl or scarf. I wanted to use stash yarn (seriously, so much stash) and dug up this City Tweed DK in Snowshoe and then set about finding a pattern. It was a challenge to find something that would be large enough for what I envisioned but only use the two skeins of yarn I had. Arbutus was exactly what I was looking for! This cowl has a really unique construction with three separate tiers in the front and one in the back, giving it the look of a multiple-wrap cowl with the ease of wear (and yarn use) of a smaller, single-wrap one.
Finally, I got out some yarn that I’ve had earmarked since 2010 to make mittens and realized that the colors were a perfect match for my nice wool winter coat! That led me to want to knit a hat to go with them and Hermione Hearts Ron was already in my January plans for the Cookie Crumbs Mystery Tour KAL on ravelry, just in a different yarn. I switched out the Stroll Sport I had been planning on using for this Telemark and love the results! I knit the hat as directed at first, but it wound up being WAY too tall, so I frogged a repeat of the pattern which left it at a perfect size. As for the mittens, I’ve given up on them for a little while. I have to say that I adored this yarn and definitely plan on buying some in from destashers on ravelry.