My first pattern of 2015 is published today in Knit Now Magazine (Issue 44).
Photo: Dan Walmsley – Practical Publishing
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It’s a neck-hugging cowl, perfect for the snowy weather we are having in the UK at the moment! It features reversible cables, so you can fling it on in a hurry, safe in the knowledge that you won’t be wondering around with it on inside out 🙂
It can be worn with the top folded down, or as a tube to keep as much of you warm as possible.
The cowl was knitted using Emrys Bluefaced Leicester Aran by Triskelion Yarn and Fibre. The yarn was a delight to knit with, a great colour (Hafren) and very very squishy.
From the original prototype that I made I thought that it would be touch and go to make the cowl from one skein. There was an awful lot of knitting a round, weighing the cowl, weighing the remaining yarn, crossing fingers etc. When, after all that worry, the finished cowl used 90g of yarn, I was mightily relieved!
A couple of months ago I purchased some ‘hotchpotch’ packs of fibre from Helen at My Heart Exposed Yarns (www.folksy.com/shops/myheartexposed). I used one pack to experiment with corespinning and over Christmas I put the other pack of blue shades to good use.
Another rare event happened before Christmas – I won a prize in a raffle! It was bath goodies and came wrapped in some lovely paper:
I used the paper as inspiration for creating the yarn. The ‘hotchpotch’ was mainly shades of blue with a bit of plum thrown in – I added some blue merino and some brown mystery fibre that I received in a waste selection from www.worldofwool.co.uk.
Once carded together they looked like this:
and I even remembered to write down the ingredients:
It started to go slightly downhill from here… The fibre was great to spin, I navajo plied it and got an aran weight yarn. The mix of colours began to get a bit muddy looking for my tastes:
Again, I remembered to note down some of the vital facts…
I adapted the stitch pattern from the Spiral Mitts I knitted before Christmas and made a squishy cosy cowl:
I’m still not 100% sure about the way this turned out, but hey, I actually finished something!
My first project using a batt I created is now finished:
I made three batts of various orange/rust/gold/brown shades of merino blended with some copper coloured trilobal nylon. Each batt has a slightly different style – one was layered, one was randomly blended and the other graduated from dark to light across the batt. Each batt became a single and resulted in a worsted-ish three ply yarn.
The colours lent themselves well to the Candle Flame cowl (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/candle-flame-cowl) – I managed to complete two and a half repeats of the pattern and squish in a couple of purl rows and end up with a yard or two of yarn left over – result!