Tourism, Giants cowl

Yesterday and today were about hanging out with my husband’s old friends from high school (in Connecticut).

  

 

  I’ve been pretty much tired out, but tonight I finally talked undoing my faulty Kitchener on my Giants cowl. It took some time, and I dropped a couple of stitches, but I finished the repair!

  Hopefully daylight will offer a good chance for a photo shoot.  It’s a pretty cool fan item, isn’t it?

Giant garter stitch cowls

The Wee Boy’s school fundraiser is coming up, and I realized I never posted photos if the cowls I knitted for it. We’re all supposed to contribute goods or services worth at least a certain amount, and since knitting is my (main) thing, that’s what I went with.

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The yarn is Cascade Magnum. I used size 15 needles, casted on about 80 stitches, then knitted garter stitch until I had just enough yarn left to cast off.

I love the results! They are so huge and squishy!

Photo shoot with kids

After a play date and ice cream, my friend and I tried to take a few photos of the cowl I knitted for the Wee Boy’s preschool fundraising auction.

Aside from the facts that neither my outfit nor the background were right, well, there were 6-7 year- olds present, and they’d just had ice cream!!! It quickly devolved into extreme goofiness.

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Another time, perhaps.

A bulky garter stitch cowl

Having forgot my rainbow hat project in the car, I decided to start on my gift for the other mom in the baby hat gift set. Looking on Ravelry, a quick search didn’t yield exactly what I had in mind for this Merino handspun of mine that I think she’ll like.

I wanted a simple garter stitch cowl that will wrap around the neck twice. So I am improvising one: with size 11 needles, provisionally CO 17 stitches. Knit to desired length, graft ends together. Eeeeeeasy.

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After about the length of a kids’ movie (Shrek, to be precise), I’m at 25″. My aim is to knit it to the length of my Honey Cowl, (the length is perfect!)which is about 50″.

This merino is so soft and lovely to knit with! I think this will look even lovelier after blocking, which, if I watch another movie or so, should come pretty fast!

Birthday swap 2015!

One of my favorite things about my knitting group is our birthday swap! For our 2015 Birthday Swap, the item we knit for one another is up to us, rather than having a unified theme as we always did in the past.

Not having much holiday crafting on my plate, I volunteered to knit for a January birthday, and tonight was my night to give! The giftee had noted that she’d like a wimple, so that’s what I made for her, using Madeleine Tosh DK in Dahlia.

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The pattern is Fresco Basket Whip Cowl, a free pattern on Ravelry.  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/fresco-basket-whip-cowl  It was easy but not boring.  The lace kept things interesting, while knitting every other row kept things moving along at a steady pace.  It took maybe a week or two of only-at-home knitting.  I really recommend the pattern, as I enjoyed knitting it and it turned out lovely.

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I was so pleased with how much she liked it! Giving really is just as much fun as receiving! 🙂

New knitting project

My Honeybee Cardigan is dry and fits perfectly, but no pics yet, as I haven’t shopped for buttons yet.

With the sweater done, Instead of finishing another WIP, I’ve decided to whip up a last-minute Christmas gift.

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I casted on last night and am already almost halfway done. I have almost 7 inches knit, and this cowl is meant to be 15 inches tall. I might make it shorter, I’m not sure yet. This is my second 5th Avenue Cowl by tenten knits; it’s very simple but really lovely, I think. The yarn is Madeleine Tosh Chunky in the Vermillion color way, left over from my Alpengluhen cardigan. It’s so soft and lovely to knit with!