All the Cables are Belong to Me

I started Twig Cowl by Tiny Owl Knits this last Saturday. Yarn Scout has had it on display for over a year, . .  and I have had the yarn to do it for just as long. As I now mostly get cabling, I decided to give it a go. Mind you, I tried to use the yarn for some crochet hood project . . . . needless to say, it got frogged.

I fucking love it! I have to stop every few rows and squish it. Above I am out for coffee with Stacy, who is knitting a bit for her husband out of the bison and bamboo she spun up.

Cabling Weekend

This weekend we went up to visit my parents outside of Great Falls, and on the way up I started Grace Hat by Brome Fields.  This is my first time cabling – right outside of Ulm too. 

And I frogged it. Mind you, it is only because the hat ended up being too small. So I have re-started it, and am almost done. For a 24″ head? Add in two more cable sets, at 6 stitches each, 12 stitches.

Tada!

I learned a thing!

Spindle and Roving

Today was a long, but fun day. It started with open knitting at Yarn Scout and moved on to Stix for the fiber show they were hosting. Kami Noyes of Ranching Tradition Fiber was there with roving, and yarn and it was awesome!  It was so awesome, that I ended up buying a roving and drop spindle kit she had on display.  

And LOOK! I did a thing! Courtesy of Stacey teaching me the basics. After about two hours, I needed to stop, though it was a lot of fun.

Stripped Linen Stitch Scarf

I used Ella Rae Classic & Classic Heather yarn to make these, in olive, off white, and black, and US 10, or 6mm needles.

CO 30

Knit (in linen stitch) 40 rows in olive.

Change to off white – the color change lasts 2 rows.

Knit 4 rows in off white.

Change color to black – the color change lasts 2 rows.

Knit 8 rows in black.

Change to off white – the color change lasts 2 rows.

Knit 4 rows in off white.

Change to olive – the color change lasts 2 rows.

Repeat until desired length.

I know some do not like the linen stitch because it is rather simple, but I really like how it looks woven on the front, and get all nubbly on the back. Ntm I have grown to like how it almost looks like some kind of faux Fair Isles when it changes colors. ( I really didn’t when I first started and almost frogged the whole thing to make something different, when the girls at the Saturday morning open knit I was at convinced me that it looked good.)

Chickadee Cowl in Araucania Mataquito

So, my sister-in-law reminded me last week of this yarn my husband bought me on a trip to Great Falls earlier this year. This is only significant because my husband actually bought the yarn, ergo he was in the store when my total was rung up for once. It wasn’t the most expense yarn in my stash, but it was awfully close, and to say he was shocked doesn’t exactly do it justice. Ahem, so . . .. I have finally decided what I am going to do with it.

I found this pattern on Ravelry, however, at the time, I had difficulties figuring out her directions. Here is a video on YouTube on how to do the Linen Stitch, though ignore the bit about how to do it when you are purling as in the pattern I linked, you do not purl.

I started this pattern with the recommended gauge for the yarn – 6.5mm, but that ended up being an extraordinarily tight weave and a little tight around as well. 24 inches fits over my head, but only just barely. Actually, I had to go and get needles for this as all I had were 8mm in 32 inch circular, and I did not want quite that large. However, since I could not wait until my favorite yarn shop was open, I settled for Micheal’s 29 inch  9mm circular. Not EXACTLY what I was looking for, but, oh well.

Obligatory yarn therapy and coffee picture. I WAS at

a coffee shop after all. ;P

A closer look at the cowl, note I am still early in progress.