|The finished cowl at Sea Meadow Gift Shop.|
Today, though, let's talk about a knit piece I made for Shana, since I feel like my knitting helps give my lighter coat a few extra days of wear since it keeps my head/neck/hands warm. She had been asking me for a bit to make her a big cowl that she could wrap around her neck once, and could wear at work. Knowing Shana well, though, I knew that she also would probably wearing this outdoors or on a boat, so I needed something sturdy and warm, too. Her requests were for the following details:
--an olive green color
|Modeling it wrapped around my neck twice.|
--can be wrapped around her neck twice so it can be worn both long and short
I found a pattern for a lace scarf that I was able to modify, which worked out perfectly. It was a pattern inspired by ferns called Fern Lace Scarf. The designer has it in a lace weight yarn, but I decided to do less repeats to make up for the larger yarn and needle size and added 3 stitches of garter stitch on either side for a finishing effect. I had garter at the beginning and end of the project (which I kind of liked that effect that you could see it met in the middle) and grafted it together. I felt quite clever.
The yarn is Malabrigo, which is perhaps my one true love when it comes to knitting. I found a color named Olive, which screamed Shana. It has a nice look when knit up, and it's also incredibly warm and easy to knit with, but also won't fall apart. I've used this yarn on a lot of different gift projects.
I think I'd be more pleased with my efforts if I had accounted for one thing. I only bought one skein of yarn... ROOKIE MISTAKE. I should have bought 2 skeins so that they'd be the same dye lot. Gahhhh. I (of course) ran out of yarn and had to buy a new skein months later. It was similar in color, and to the untrained eye you can't tell they're two different colors, but I can definitely see the differences in color. Note to self: always buy two skeins if it's a scarf. Always.
Shana, however, couldn't tell. Or she's too kind. But she loved it. I'm glad she liked it! What inspired me to post this project is that she texted me that she's been wearing her cowl a lot, and it's been keeping her warm at work/has gotten some compliments. So that's good.
I posted some photos of me modeling the finished product before giving it to Shana. I'd definitely make another big cowl out of Malabrigo again... just make sure I buy two skeins for the project. The photo of me with the cowl long to the left, you can see the two colors. This is because of the flash, I think, since in person it's a little less jarring in contrast. At least, that's what I keep telling myself in my head.