I liked the idea of making a cowl so I cast on a bunch of stitches and joined them in a round. Then I knit and purled my way through two balls of wool. The calm repetitive motion was so soothing in the evenings especially at the end of a busy day. Does the term "a bunch" alarm you? It should. Keep reading.
After binding off the very last row I had the satisfied feeling of a finished project and promptly looped my project over my head and looked in the mirror. It was awful. I laughed and laughed and I told my husband I looked like I had been in a car wreck and needed a neck brace. Maybe I should have done a gauge test before spending days knitting a circular object that was too small. Before tossing it aside, I tried blocking it with the steam from my iron. That helped relax the fibers and the stitches and made it wearable. Phew!
When I looked closer at the stitches they didn't look quite right. I think it's because I cast on an odd number of stitches in the round and then used an even stitch pattern (k1, p1). Anyway, I got this funky stitch variation on one side and the rows slant ever so slightly. It doesn't bother me too much, unless a knitting ninja wants a closer look. Then I feel kind of silly. Oh well, there is always next time.
|Warm Up Cowl|
Hosta Blue by Madelinetosh
I really liked knitting on these cold winter nights so I think I need another project. Up next might be the Honey Cowl by Madelinetosh. Hosta Blue from their Spring '14 collection is so pretty.