Here it is! The Gap-tastic Cowl that took my novice knitting self forever and a friggin' day to complete. After ripping and restarting a multitude of times, I was into a groove. I thought I'd get all fancy and go to a couple of knit nights with this project. Unfortunately, while I was chatting away, I messed up the seed stitch pattern and the last few rows looked like crap. Then when I was at the end of the third ball, I took another look at it and saw that my yarn joins also looked like crap. That's when I decided to rip it all out again, and spent all of this past Saturday redoing it. I promised my sister a cowl on Saturday and dang it, she was going to get it!
Judging by the awesome photo, I'm pretty sure my sister loves it! I loved it too. I used Rowan Big Wool that we picked out at the Yarn Cupboard with the help of the owner, Susan. Three balls did the trick for the cowl even though the pattern calls for the cowl to be fifteen inches wide. The finished width turned out to be around 10 inches or so.
Now, I have another order for my darling cousin. I just found out her birthday bash is this Friday so, I need to bust a move on the Martha Cowl Scarf I was planning on making for her. Thankfully, it's crochet so I can really pick up the pace.
And yes, I found some time to do a little spinning today. Very soothing and very satisfying. Pictures to come. I am nearly done with the rest of the 4 ounces!
Happy new year, people! I hope 2012 is off to a good start for you! I am so excited to post about my Diagonal Eyelet Hand Warmers from a fellow blogger, creativeyarn.
I used some yarn I received in a swap. Knit Picks Capra DK in the colorway of Harbor was such a dream to work with! I could tell right away that this was some good quality yarn. I had barely any splitting and if there's yarn around, I'm pretty good at splitting it! I had two balls of the Capra but I barely needed a whole one to make these. I'm thinking that perhaps with the leftovers of ball one, I could make Hazel a matching baby pair?
I opted to not add any cute buttons on them. To be honest, my button collection is pretty random. Most of them are from clothes I buy that have the extra buttons attached, just in case you lose one. So, I don't have too many pairs of buttons. I'm sure that will change when I go to the Yarn Cupboard retreat where I will peruse, oogle, and fondle the buttons of Melissa Jean Designs.
How's that spinning goal of 4 ounces a month going? Well, I had to finish up the last 12 for me project, as you can see above, plus I'm working on a gorgeous cowl for my sister using Rowan Big Wool. I have been using circular needles, of which I'm not a fan. Next time I will take the advice of my friend Gretchen and boil the needles so that the dang cable stays somewhat straight! After I'm done with the Gap-tastic Cowl, I will finish up the domestic wool blend I bought from Hampton Artistic Yarns. I don't think I will ply this at all when I am finished because in single form it already has an awesome barber pole effect. That will also leave more yardage to make something cozy for my awesome husband. Perhaps a hat? Maybe some fingerless mitts? At any rate, he needs something nice because he's done such a good job sprucing up my blog with his photo skills!
In conclusion, I would like to add that this post marks the 12th item I made for myself (the mitts) and the 12th new knitting thing I've learned in 2011 (my battle with circs). I accomplished my goal - a few weeks late - but DONE!