No soon did I insist on blogging more did work pick up. Opps.
Well work pays for the yarn habit so it therefore trumps blogging.
I finished a cowl, though! yay!
One of my favorite things to do on Ravelry is to stalk friends in the “friend activity” feature. I know using the verb “stalk” could allude to not-so-great associations but I’m really just like keeping track of people’s progress on projects and what they’ve queued. Knitting inquisitiveness, if you will.
So my friend Sarah, I noticed, magic linked Knit Picks Chroma and I clicked for more information. Don’t know why…I just did.
I was able to help her with the test knitting and this was my final result:
Pattern: Tiled In Cowl by SJ from her Ravelry Store
My Ravelry Project Page
Yarn(s): Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Lightweight & Handmaiden Fine Yarn Casbah Sock
Colorway(s): Sweet Pea, Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Lightweight, Rockin’ Sock Club installment from May, 2010 & Kaleidoscope, respectively.
Needle(s): US 3 – 3.25 mm
Casted On: September 14, 2011
Casted Off: October 1, 2011
Here’s a closer-up version of the cowl:
So learning that alone made this process very very worth it. I was taught it real quickly once. Then I forgot it. This pattern requires about 19-stitch floats so I felt the need to re-learn it. Because I learned a new skill, I very much appreciated the process of knitting this cowl.
If you’re getting the impression that I’m not too pleased with the final result, you’re right. IT’S NOT BECAUSE OF THE PATTERN but more because of the yarn selection.
The designer flat out says in the pattern “Pick a multi-colored yarn with long color repeats.” And what did I do? I pick a colorway, that, while gorgeous, has only two-inch color lengths.
So Final Thoughts:
- Wonderfully written pattern.
- Take the designers advice–Use yarn with long repeats.
- That said, be mindful of yarns that are single ply. I was nervous about using Chroma and/or Mini-Mochi because they do not tend to hold up when you use them to sew ends down. (I casted off for a sock using Mini-mochi once and the yarn kept falling apart.