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FO: Waverly Weekend Cowl

Okay, so I actually finished this cowl a few days ago, but it needed a bath and desperately needed blocking. Blocking made a huge difference for this one: it evened out the edges, opened up the lace, and made the beautiful wavy edges!

IMG_8327I blocked this one more vertically, since I wanted a taller cowl. I could have easily done it the other way and made a wider cowl, which would have opened up the lace more. Heck, I could do that in the future if I wanted too. But we’ll see how it goes like this. I will say it’s harder to see the lace and waved edge when you’re wearing it.

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But you can’t miss the color, which is my favorite thing about this cowl. Have I mentioned how much I love Malabrigo yarn? They always have such swoon-worthy colors.

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The pattern is Waverly Weekend Cowl and I did seven repeats of the lace pattern, no modifications. The yarn is Malabrigo Rios in Magenta.

Frog and start over

Recently I wrote about a projectย that was not behaving in an appropriate manner, the Heart Check cowl. There was an error in the written instructions and after knitting the first section twice, I realized I was now holding a grudge against the poor pattern and I didn’t want to knit it again. But I still wanted a cowl in the beautiful magenta Malabrigo, so I went browsing until I found a worthy candidate, the Waverly Weekend Cowl. It says it can be made in a weekend, and maybe it can, but certainly not in a weekend like mine with two family parties, including one at my house that required a bit of tidying up. (Okay. A lot. I have three dogs and I hate housework. And also, in the future, I either need to have leather couches or no dogs. And no dogs is not an option, so leather couches it will be. Vacuuming couches is a terrible thing to have to do.) Anyway! I have at least made some progress and it’s enough to know that the pattern appears to be error-free and I’m liking the lace.

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It’s also enough to know that this vivid pink yarn is next to impossible to photograph well. This was in my backyard, in the shade, late in the day when the sun was on the other side of the house. It’s usually my best light for photos. But this pink, wowzers!

The sixteen rounds on that cowl were pretty much the extent of my knitting for the weekend, but I also got to celebrate the girl’s 19th birthday with our family, plus the brother’s college graduation, plus I went to a local symphony concert with the girl Saturday night.

The dogs all partied pretty well. Jack got a sedative so he wouldn’t bark constantly, and each dog got their own empty peanut butter jar to lick clean. But after a couple of hours socializing, they were pooped and wanted to sack out on the couch. I have to say, I felt the same way! It was a good weekend, but exhausting and I feel like Monday came much too quickly. I need a spring break like my kids!

Escarpment Cowl

Do you know what an “escarpment” is? I had no idea but knitting the Escarpment Cowl made me curious. Apparently it’s a long, steep slope, and now I understand the name!

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It’s shaped like the Bandana Cowl I made recently, but it’s done completely differently, with no short rows at all. It starts out knitted flat, and joined later, and it creates a back with a nice narrow panel, reducing the bulk that has to fit under your hair while still keeping the back of your neck warm. I think it’s quite clever!

fullsizeoutput_1f98And I think the yarn is quite marvelous. It’s Araucania Huasco Worsted in Grapeyard and the stitch definition is superb. The colors aren’t bad, either!

fullsizeoutput_1f94I wasn’t sure how soft it would be when I was petting the skein, but it surprised me when I was knitting with it, feeling gentle and supple, not rough at all. And it washed up beautifully too: no purple in the water, a bit softer, and with a lovely drape.

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This one might get a lot of wear. And it was so fast to knit too; I’m definitely tempted to make more. But not until I finish some other WIPs, I swear.

One last thing: today is Grace’s Gotcha Day! We adopted her four years ago today from a local animal shelter and she might be the neediest, lickiest dog we’ve got, but she’s also the sweetest and the best snuggler. I guess we’ll keep her a while longer!

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Adopt, don’t shop!

New projects!

It’s funny, the way grief can come back and just give you a swift kick in the ass. We’ve been having a long, cold, snowy winter, and I was joking with my husband about how living in the desert would be preferable. And bam, my mind took me back to being in Arizona with my parents after my dad retired, and he was so happy and loved it out there, and I felt the ache of missing him, sharp in a way I haven’t felt in a while. It passed, of course, but it took me by surprise. I wish he was still here, that’s all. And I wish I was in the desert right now!

But I’m not.ย Instead I’m home in the snowy Midwest, knitting all the time. On the last day of my 4-day weekend, I wanted to cast on something new, so I pulled out three yarns that have been calling my name to ponder, and went with the softest, fuzziest one. It’s acrylic from Joann (I bought four skeins when it was on clearance) but it’s fuchsia and fuzzy and perfect.

I chose the very simple knit COWL pattern and modified it bit, casting on more to make it a bigger, looser cowl. And I do love it, but I kind of want to use the other two skeins to make a snugger version too!

And then, because that was so fast, I went ahead and cast on with my second favorite of the three skeins, a purple Araucania Huasco Worsted. For this one I chose the Escarpment Cowl, which looks really cool. I love the idea of a shawl look with the ease of a cowl. And then I also cast on a new pair of socks, because socks. This yarn is Show Me Yarn Bootheel in the color Butterfly House, and I’m calling them the Granola Socks because I’m doing the 3×2 rib that Mildly Granola recommended.

Yesterday was a little rough because I had to adjust from knitting several hours a day to just knitting during lunch and a little at night. It wasn’t my favorite, to be honest. But hey. Gotta pay for the pups, right? Especially when they break a nail, crack another, and have to go to the vet for a bandage, nail trim, and meds. Sigh.

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He slipped out of his collar in the waiting room, but thankfully he’s a lover so he just ran back to visit the girls behind the counter. He’s also up to 104 pounds, which I recognize is too high and the vet tech told me…TWICE. So he’s on a diet now which he won’t love and I don’t blame him. BUT! He rides so nicely in the car and sits patiently when I open the door to grab the leash, and he hasn’t tried to chew off his bandage at all. Not even overnight, when he was all alone! If I could combine the good traits of all three of my dogs, I’d truly have the perfect dog. Alas, apparently dogs are like people, with good and bad and you have to accept what you can’t change and love them anyway. Or try to, anyway. I’m still working on that.

If you are anywhere that has sunshine and weather above 30 degrees, please enjoy it on my behalf today!

Two New FOs

It’s been a productive weekend, friends. I mean, I haven’t left the house since Thursday but I’m not mad about it at all. Don’t worry, I’ve showered and done some chores like cleaning a bathroom and vacuuming the floors, but I’ve also gotten to do A LOT of knitting. Oh, it’s been heavenly. I wish it happened more often. I was able to finish two projects, including my long-lingering WIP, the Zomboni!

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Apparently I just needed to be in the mood to work on it, because once I got going on Friday, I couldn’t stop. It made a really long narrow scarf that will be super easy to wear, and the colors are perfect for me. (It will go so nicely with my purple hair!) The yarn is Caribbean by In the Deep Hue Sea, color Snap Out of It, and it’s quite nice.

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My other FO was a quick and easy cowl, my gray Woolfolk LUFT cowl. I chose my favorite cowl pattern, River Deep Mountain High, and cast on a few extra stitches since I had plenty of yarn. It knit up so quickly, and I finished it last night while watching The Wife (which was SO GOOD. Highly recommend and now I need to read the book!).

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I wanted to use all the yarn but didn’t come close. I’ve got about 3/4 of the second skein left, so I think I might get another skein the next time I’m at my LYS (which will be next weekend) and then I can make something else too! I love this yarn so much; it’s so airy and lightweight, but still so warm and cozy. I wish it came in more colors.

Now I’m down to five WIPs and none of them are calling my name today, which means casting on another cowl in either worsted or bulky. We’re in day 547 of cold, gray weather (I mean, it doesn’t FEEL like an exaggeration) and my spirit could really use some sunshine and warmth, and since I can’t get either of that outside, at least I can find some warmth in thick yarn, I suppose. And with puppers.

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Jack says no yarn. Only pet.

Hope you all had a good weekend too, and if you’re like me and have today off, may you find yourself some knitting time!

Post-Frogging Success

Yesterday, I had seven WIPs, and today I have seven WIPs, but they aren’t all the same. I frogged that big Warrior Cowl and put the yarn back in the stash for another day. The scrappy cowl went back in its hiding place, since I don’t need to reclaim that yarn. I might frog it later, I might not. And I did cast on a new cowl, as I said I would.

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This is my Woolfolk LUFT and it will grow up to become a generous River Deep, Mountain High cowl. I might just try to use up all the yarn! But strangely enough, this new project didn’t hold my interest like I thought it would. Instead, I was focused on the Zomboni. I know yesterday I wasn’t sure about it, and thought I might frog it, but I wanted to give it one more shot. Apparently that’s all it needed, because I added 11 pattern repeats yesterday!

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It still might not be my favorite thing to knit, but I’m really liking how it’s coming out. It’s a long, narrow shawl/scarf thing, which is my favorite kind to wear. There are just some patterns that I don’t love knitting (i.e. Fractal Danger) but they’re so pretty and wearable!

To Frog or Not to Frog

There is snow in the forecast, could be up to six inches, which means there is knitting in the forecast for the weekend. To prep for that, I pulled out all my WIPs to see what I’ve got to work with. My current WIP count is seven.

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My sweater is growing nicely, thanks to some lunch break knitting this week. I can see this being some good movie knitting this weekend. I’ve got my two travel projects at the top there, which I want to work on but I also want to save for travel projects. (The dark purple on the left is the Sockhead cowl and the one on the right is a new sock, pattern TBD.) The bottom is a scrap cowl I started last year as a mindless project for concert knitting, but I’m afraid it looks dumb now. I kind of wish I’d done more of a gradient, striping in new colors. I can’t decide whether to frog or keep.

My Mermaid cowl is that creamy yarn which is barely started and I don’t know that I’ll get to it this weekend. I definitely still want to make the pattern but it requires more concentration, and I haven’t had as much of that the last couple of months. So this one might float along a little longer.

That leaves two projects that I’m unsure about. The top left is my Warrior Cowl with some Cascade Heritage 150. I’ve already used half the yarn and I’m not convinced I’m more than halfway through the pattern. Plus it seems very large. Plus it’s just not thrilling me for some reason that I can’t explain. So I’m pretty sure this one is getting frogged.

And finally, I’ve got a barely-begun Zomboni in that blue/purple/white mix and I’m really on the fence with that one. I cast on almost three months ago, and haven’t felt the urge to work on it, and usually that’s a good sign that it’s not a good fit of yarn and pattern. But then I look at the finished projects and think I’ll probably like it when it’s done, if I just push through. So maybe I need to give it a second chance this weekend and see if I can get into the groove? And if I can’t, then it gets frogged. That seems reasonable, doesn’t it?

But still, none of those are exciting me right now. Pretty sure I’ll need to cast on a new cowl!