Friday, April 30, 2010

K'done: Destroyed Cowl

When the urge to knit a cowl hits, you just have to knit a cowl.

Pattern: Destroyed Cowl, by Martha Merzig
Yarn: J. Knits Charming, in Providence
Needles: 4 mm / US 6

I finished this a while ago, but didn't get around to blocking it until two days ago. The desire to knit a cowl came very suddenly, and very seasonally inappropriately - the temperatures were just starting to climb up to the spring-like range.

It was a very straightforward knit - it's basically just a long stretch of stockinette. I used Judy's Magic Cast On as a provisional cast on, and it worked, except somehow I ended up losing one of the stitches in the cast on, so when I went to kitchener the working end to the provisional end, I was one stitch short. Very odd, but it didn't affect the finished product any - I had a nervous flash that the dropped stitches would misalign, and the whole thing would just unravel column by column, but that didn't happen. I also dropped four stitches on each side, rather than three as the pattern suggests - this yarn is DK weight, not worsted, so I also cast on 40 stitches rather than 34. Okay, technically I cast on 80 stitches, but half of those were set aside on scrap yarn for kitchenering at the end.

As much as I like the end result, and the colours of the yarn, this is very likely going to be given away at Christmastime, because I have a sneaking suspicion that my skin won't tolerate the angora in the yarn very well. I find mohair itchy against my skin, and when I knit with it I feel like there are tons of little fibres going up my nose. I got a similar sensation while knitting with this, and I suspect it's the angora doing it. The fibrous nose sensation wasn't as strong, but I still have a feeling that I won't really like having this cowl against my neck, which means I wouldn't wear it much, which is pretty useless, so I may as well give it as a gift to someone else.


I do like it, though.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Falling down

Into a great big pile of luscious yarn.

Eat.Sleep.Knit had a bit of a sale on in March, and I have a tough time resisting the siren call of new yarns when there are great big sale signs dancing around them. So I gave in to temptation and ordered some Scarlet Fleece Silk & Ivory. I picked up 4 skeins each in Professor Plum and Claret for me, and my sister wanted something done up in Favourite Jeans, so I grabbed 4 skeins of that too.

My order arrived today.

This is the first encounter I've had with this yarn, and though I've yet to knit it, or even wind it into balls, I'm very very happy with my purchases. When I reached into the box to pull the yarn out, the moment my fingers touched the yarn, an involuntary sound escaped my lips. I lack the words to describe the sound - it was a weird phonetic burble of happiness.

The yarn is soft, with a beautiful subdued sheen to it, and the colours are amazing.

At the time of placing the order, I was worried I was overdoing it.

Now, I sort of wish I had gone to town and bought more.

Ah well. Perhaps there will be another sale down the road that I can use to rationalize further yarn acquisition.