Friday, January 15, 2010

Quick Knit

Last week, just as the calls from the school nurse began to come in, I cast on. My yarn: the last remaining ball of Misti Alpaca Chunky. My goal: neck warmth! My pattern: none!

After reading over some cowl patterns, I decided to wing it. I wanted this cowl to fit snugly--close enough that I would be able to zip my coat all the way up. My kids walk home from school, and I go over to school with all the other neighborhood moms to wait for them to come out. It is the windiest place on earth, I tell you, and my coat needs to be zipped all the way up, but my neck needs another layer snuggled up against it.



So I cast on 60 stitches and started knitting a 4 x 2 rib. Then I randomly cabled along the length of every other knitted panel. I made a couple of increases as I went (I think I finished with 70 stitches). I kept going until I looked like I was almost out of yarn.

Do you ever go into a yarn shop and find a yarn that is so soft that you want to rub it against your cheek? (I do--want to, that is, I don't actually put it up to my face until I've bought it. Usually I just hold the skein in my hand like a kitten. I stroke it as I walk around the shop. A little yarn kitten. Have I said too much?) Anyway, this is that yarn. It's so very soft, and now I will have it up against my neck and face all winter.

6 comments:

Julia said...

Yarn kitten~ I love that. The necker is beautiful, what a great use of the leftovers.

stitching under oaks said...

i do the same thing...i love to fondle the yarn....it's ok...your cowl is so nice and warm looking. beautiful job.

larissa said...

i too fondle yarn all the time - so this problem may be more widespread than you think. your cowl is beautiful! and that color is perfect on you. have a wonderful weekend.

Journeying Five said...

love the cowl, nice to have something to snuggle into on cold days.

~ The Jolly Bee ~ said...

I spend more time touching and fondling my yarn than actually making anything. Another time waster is pairing up different colored hanks to see what looks best. Your cowl looks warm and wonderful. Nice job.

Kristyn Knits said...

I love soft yarn! and your choice for your cowl looks just perfect! I love how you ventured out and created a cowl that would work for YOU! stay warm!!