Snowy Day Cowl

My inimitable friend Liza asked me to make her a cowl, and you don’t really say no to Liza.

I’d been looking for a good pattern when I saw another friend knitting up a pretty cowl and realized it would be perfect with the right colors. I asked Liza what colors she’d like, and she said something to counteract the severe whiteness (sorry hon, your words, not mine).

Now, I tend to wear lots of bright colors that contrast, so left to my own devices I would have made this pink and orange, or yellow and purple, or some other colors on opposite ends of the color wheel. As it is I went for something more subtle and it turned out lovely and probably nicer.

 

It can be more of a shawl or if you wear it up then a true scarf/cowl. It’s also reversible if you want the stripes to go horizontally.

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Pattern: Snowy Day Cowl by Fancy Tiger Crafts

Yarns used: Cascade Magnum in Navy and Blue Sky Alpaca silk for the light blue.

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This was such a fun knit I might have to make another one. Or three.

Sparkle Scarf

On a trip to Fancy Tiger a few months back, the girl saw this pretty pretty sparkly yarn and fell in love and wanted a scarf. Given that it’s not exactly cheap, I tied some vague, “you must be good” clause to me getting the yarn for her.

I thought she’d forgotten about it entirely, but then on the way back from the Thanksgiving wedding in Houston, she looked up at me and said, “I be so, so good at Megna’s wedding? Now you buy me that ‘parkly yarn and knit me a scarf?” How could I say no?

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Yarn: Knit Pixie Collage

Needles: 19 to cast on, 15 to knit

Pattern: Cast on 30, join in round, knit in garter, cast off.  reaaaal complicated.

You can’t see the sparkly goodness in this picture, but trust me, it shimmers.  It’s interwoven with a few strands of what seems like gold tinsel.

It took  me a few tries to get this right since there’s no real pattern-I really wanted a longer scarf that she could loop once around her head.  The first time I finished it, the cast on edge was so tight that I had to unravel the whole thing and cast on with larger needles.  Using size 19 needles for anything makes you feel like you’re knitting with broomsticks.  It also means that the entire thing took about an hour to knit, which is such instant gratification that I want to make about a million of them.

Here’s a picture of her wearing it that just screams, “Look, I just discovered photo filters!”

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