Tag Archives: cowl

My First Love

14 Jul

More twist can be better! I learned this when finishing my second handspun. I’d watched in horror as the skein of yarn I just plied wound in on itself. My first yarn didn’t have enough twist. At first I thought my second yarn had too much. I feared in vain: a quick soak and drying straightened that skein right out. And I was in love.

100 g of BFL aka heaven

It was incredibly soft, like you wouldn’t believe. I was not expecting to get “soft” in my first attempts at this spinning stuff. And it shines and is all pretty, and is kind of even. Yeah baby!

So I made a thing with it. I was starting to feel the first signs of an impending knitting funk, so I decided on crochet. It’s so fast and everything. (I’m sorry about the nearly un-intelligible gushing, by the way. I think the yarn fumes are getting to my head.)

The thing I made was the Catesby Three Hour Cowl (available for free on Ravelry). Took me a lot longer than thee hours by the way, my crochet is not yet as fast as lightning. This reminds me: I was validated the other day when, perusing the newest issue of Interweave Crochet, I learned there are at least two real, valid crochet hook holds (as Men Crochet 2 there explains). There’s the pen hold everyone keeps telling me is correct, and then there’s the knife hold, which is what’s always been natural to me. So there, the crochet police can get off my case 😉

Excuse me while I feel awkward in this photo

I can’t wait for it to get cold again so I can wear this thing 🙂 I used the leftovers to free crochet a pair of mitts that I’m not too thrilled with, but ripping back seems like too much of a hassle, so guess what, I have a new pair of mitts anyway!

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Quoth the Raven, ‘Nevermore’

3 Apr

After a week of wearing my new Nevermore cowl (Ravelry link), I finally made myself block it and take peectures (hastily).

It’s my favorite piece of colorwork I’ve done thus far because I managed to make it so neat. There was serious danger of the stripes puckering because that always happens when I change colors at regular intervals. Being aware of the risk, I took care to maintain proper tension on the waiting yarn. It worked out reasonably well even if the stripes don’t sit perfectly flat.

I’m especially proud of how well I did with the bird. In colorwork it’s always a challenge when there’s a large expanse (of more than 5 stitches) where one color is carried behind. It’s a challenge to keep the tension of the carried yarn just right – too tight and the pattern will pucker, too loose and the stitches before the color change will be too loose. You can’t twist the yarns together more than once in one spot or else that place will show as a line. I managed the bird without any of these problems.

I used Trekking Hand Art Flamé from Zitron (the black-purple variegated yarn) and Heritage Solids from Cascade Yarns. It’s so cool that out of those two skeins of fingering weight yarn, I got this nice-sized cowl and a scarf (the Locale I blogged about yesterday). I’d call that good value for money.

Cowls don’t work in really cold weather, but lucky for me, those promise to be behind us. I like the simplicity of wearing this garment, and the ease. I’ve never been aware of a constant need to fiddle with my scarf or shawl to check that it’s properly in place, until I started wearing this. Yes, cowls will definitely have a place in my wardrobe in the future.

I See You Rolling – I Be Hating

25 Feb

I’m knitting this cool colorwork cowl called Nevermore (a Ravelry link).

The yarns I’m using are simply gorgeous, if I do say so myself. They’re Heritage from Cascade Yarns and Trekking Hand Art Flamé from Zitron – both from the most Preciousssss layer of my stash. They just feel so nice together, and both are a joy to work with. *sigh*

But the cowl rolls like nobody’s business. It’s like the crocodile death-roll: highly undesirable. There were rows of garter stitch and then there were rows of ribbing and it still rolls. Wah. I’m knitting this thing, and it’s got about 200 stitches or some such, and I’m using 2,5 mm needles… After all that work, I want to hear nothing about rolling stockinette stitch. And rolling doesn’t block away – the rational part of my brain knows that.

But I’ll still probably keep going because I can’t face ripping back now. Not now when it’s just started to get interesting.

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