I went on a bit of a knitting spree a couple of weeks ago, and I needed something simple to knit while we traveled to Charlotte for the weekend. I had this great cashmere blend in the stash that I knew needed to be around my neck. I didn’t have a lot of yarn though, so I picked out a cowl pattern.
My gauge was a little bigger than the pattern called for, so I got somewhere between the small and large size. It was a simple, well written pattern that was perfect for a car ride.
It’s too bad this yarn is discontinued. It is really soft, but not pilly at all (at least not yet) and it was easy to work with. There is a small seam on the inside where the button band is, and the yarn didn’t pull apart or fray. I am guessing it was probably discontinued due to price. I think the little 50g ball had an $11 tag on it. I bought it from a friend, so it was much more cost effective.
Another scarf/cowl/neck item to add to the ever growing pile. I have been using a sweater cubby like this one to hold them all, and I am starting to outgrow it. I think I have a problem.
I only made a couple of small modifications to this pattern. One (as always) was to lengthen the arms by 2″. That is pretty standard for anything that I knit or sew. Patterns just are not written for someone who is 5’9″ and has arms that belong on someone even taller. The other mod is that I did not knit buttonholes. I knew I wanted to use my Jul Silver Pedestal Buttons for this one. The are basically a screw on button that you can put anywhere you want. Which is great, because if you want the sweater open, no holes. If you want a couple of buttons at the bust, done. If you want the entire sweater buttoned up, Bob’s your uncle.
The back of the sweater has very pretty ribbing that gives a nice lengthening effect. Right above the waist there is a set of cables, which gives a great shape to the back.
It has been so hard to take pictures lately. Dark and WINDY! Roanoke is crazy for wind all spring, and since I am on a mountain and lot with no trees, we get a ton.
I didn’t think it was possible, but this sweater is making me love Eco Wool even more. Warm, lofty, and just the right amount of texture. And so inexpensive! This is the same lot that I used to make my Owls sweater (and I still have almost a full ball left). The stuff just goes forever.
After my tartan workshop last weekend, I was left with enough warp on the loom to make a scarf. I wasn’t sure about how it was going to turn out, so I didn’t mention it in my last post, but it turns out I am chuffed.
I can’t quite believe I made this. I made cloth! I have done it before, but this was such fine yarn that it really feels like I made…cloth!
As I mentioned, this was my grandfather’s tartan, Cameron. I remember him having a similar scarf that he used as a table runner on his dresser. It’s nice to think of him when I am wearing it.
I can definitely say that I will be weaving more tartans. There is something about those diagonals that is so addictive.
It’s just really pleasing to the eye I think. I used 2/18 wool for this one, but I would like to try making a shawl out of wool-silk. There was a sample in the class that had been made with the wool-silk, and it was a beautiful feeling piece. I do love the 100% wool though, it seems very traditional. It also feels like it will last for a very very long time.