Sometimes when I have several big projects on my needles, I need to cleanse my palate with a smaller project that I can get done in a few days. Sunday I cast on a new Bandana Cowl with yarn from the stash. It got off to a rough start, though, and I was afraid I’d chosen poorly.
First, I was trying to adapt a pattern meant for bulky yarn to aran weight, so I was using notes from another knitter. The first needles were too big, though, so I frogged and started over with a smaller size. I liked it enough, until I got a few rows in and saw a dropped stitch way down at the beginning. I didn’t like it enough to keep going, so I frogged again and cast on with size 8 needles, and this time it worked. Except I did drop a stitch again and had to ladder it up about five rows.
It wasn’t my favorite yarn; it was a little nubby, and thick & thin in places. It’s Skacel Urban Silk, which is 80/20 silk and cotton. It’s definitely soft, and has the lovely drape of silk, but something about it just didn’t thrill me, so I’m glad I made this with someone else in mind. Now let’s just hope she likes it!
It’s definitely smaller and more snug than the original was intended, but it fits me well and should be perfect for the recipient. And it got two skeins of yarn out of my stash!
I think it’s beautiful.
I can relate to knitting a fast project as a palate cleanser. I can also relate to knitting something you don’t love but not minding because it’s yarn our of my house. I hope you like the next thing you knit.
Eh, it was okay, I didn’t hate it. I usually like silk, so I think maybe I’m anti-cotton these days!
At least now you have space in your stash for some yarn that you’ll love! And it does look really pretty
It’s lovely! And hooray for getting yarn knit up!
This turned out beautifully!
That yarn really is lovely – I love the shiny silky look. But bubbly yarn can be a big of a pain can’t it!