I am back in KS. It was a great trip and I enjoyed all the eating and family festivities. Last year I took not nearly enough knitting, this year I took way too much. I also packed 3 finished sweaters just to show my grandma. She is a great knitter. When we arrived at grandma’s house mom was wearing a hand knit sweater. Grandma commented on how nice it looked to me thinking I had made it, but she was the one who knit it. Granted she knit it about 30 yrs ago so who expects her to remember that. Also, she had hand spun the yarn herself. It was cabled and had a zipper. When I grow up I want to be my grandmother. She is just too awesome.
I did finish the cowl on the trip up to WI, but I did not get to block it. These photos are on my lap in the car right after I wove in the ends.
Yarn – Jade Sapphire Cashmere-Silk 2-ply (45%cashmere/55%silk) Silver Fern color, 1 ball = 400yds, I think I used about 3/4 of a ball, but I did not make the cowl as long as the pattern suggested
Needles – US size 6, 16″ circular
Finished Measurements – 22″ around, 10″ long
As noted above I did not make the cowl as specified, which was 20″ around, 12″ long. I have not learned from my mistakes and I cast on without doing a gauge swatch because I figured I would be close enough, and I was close enough for me. Also I quit knitting at 10 inches long because it looked long enough.
I really enjoyed this pattern. I am considering making another for me. The only thing I had trouble with was the second yarn over in the fourth round of the pattern. I kept pulling the yarn over too tightly before the two purls. This made my YO too small. After noticing this I loosened up and I think it worked fine.
Now some of you may remember that I was not sure the recipient of this gift would like a cowl. I was brave/dumb and knit it anyway. I was making the cowl for my cousin who always puts us up when we visit Wisconsin. I figured that because she hand sews and her house is full of her sisters art (really good stuff) and hand embroidered wall hangings (also really good stuff), she might appreciate a hand made gift. This did not stop me from worrying about giving it though. That coupled with the advice from my brother that she would hate it and lets just say I almost kept the cowl. We arrived at my cousin’s house Thursday and I chickened out and kept the cowl stuffed in my suitcase. Friday my cousin and I happened to be downstairs alone together and next to my bag. I made a quick decision and hastily presented her the gift while informing her that if she hated it she didn’t have to keep it (I am great at giving presents.) Part of our ensuing conversation:
Cousin – It is really soft.
Me – It is cashmere and silk.
Cousin – Ooooohhhh soft, light, airy, and warm.
Me – I was hoping to show grandma now that I gave it to you.
Cousin – Wait. I have to try it on and look at myself first.
She then proceeded to the bathroom mirror and I figured the gift was a success. Her husband and sister thought it was the perfect thing for her because it was loose around the neck but warm. Shows what my brother knows (I will concede that he was only trying to help, he thought I shouldn’t spend all that time knitting in vain.) As usual I did all that worrying for nothing, but the gift was appreciated which makes it all worthwhile (except my ulcer.)