A while back I posted about the Twig Cowl I started making. I finished the cabled outside not long after I posted, but had difficulties making myself finish the fuzzy inside. Why? Bloody eyelash yarn. Softest man made yarn I have ever fondled, most difficult to work with. Totally worth it though. I though I wouldn’t be able to wear it until next winter, but Montana March is coming in like a lion this year. Oh darn. 😉
I decided that since I have a hat, I needed a cowl to match it. (I wear it too often to not, you know?)
Technically, I have . . .ahem, had . . . a cowl with this yarn. However, it was about 5 skeins of crochet super bulky yarn and I ended up frogging it, as who wants that much weight around their neck and shoulders? Well, if you do, cool, but I sure don’t. Part of the aforementioned cowl was turned in to this one. The rest I think will be mittens. To find the Grace Hat, please go here.
16″ 8mm circulars
Roughly One skein of Sutton (in West End) –
OR any Super Bulky (6), about 68 yds
I cast on 72. p2, k4 all around for 4-5 rows, and then p2, c4 one row. Repeat until
desired length, bind off.
Day 1 did not start out so well, if only because I am out of practice with gauging how much yarn I need for a long tailed cast on. The first time I MAY have cast on 200 stitches before I realized I would not have enough for all 318. Third time ended up being the charm. (crowd cheers) And then I did nothing with it until Open Knit last night, when I did nerve wracking first row. Now, I don’t know about everyone else, but for me, the first row of ANY knitted project is . . . not exactly nerve wrecking, but definitely tense, most especially after casting on over 300 stitches. I almost dropped four. After that? Easy peasy, lemon squeezy. It was easy to drop down in to a semi-meditative state when I picked it up again at home.
Speaking of which – winter has finally come. Though it had only snowed maaaaybe an inch, roads around Bozeman where so slick that I was in 4lo and STILL sliding around. To be fair, this is my first winter drive with my new vehicle – and switching from a GeoMetro to a Dodge Durango is a BIG change. Note – I was highly impressed with how patient and considerate almost everyone was of everyone else. That does not happen nearly as often as one would think.
This morning, after reading The Healthy Knitter blog, I was started my rows for the day and reflected a bit about what she is blogging about. What does peace mean to me? What do I associate with peace?
Peace is what I am feeling right now. I am having coffee and watching the sun rise as I type, October and Rose Goblin curled up near me. Peace to me is that feeling of calm and happy stillness that overcomes me at times like this. I realized that I feel it more often than I had thought, but still want to evoke more often. Granted, sometimes my getting to this state is a little more . . . curse laden. Like this, and I do not think that will ever change.
This is the Peace-a-Long I was talking about. You need about 450-550 yards of fingering weight yarn, and 3.25 or 3.5 mm 32″ circular needles. I have a 24″ 3.25, and I just picked up Juniper Moon Farm Herriot Fine, in a neutral light brown color.
For more information, here you go.
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.