November 3, 2007 § Leave a comment

Problem: I’m always chilled in the winter and when I wear a scarf inside they inevitably dangle in my cooking, eating, cleaning, and teeth brushing (actually the spitting part). I also like the idea of conserving energy and reducing the electric bill but would like to live in a sauna.


Solution: I’m knitting this cowl from the Knitpicks Elegance (70% baby alpaca, 30% silk) from my stash and would like the finished cowl to be at least 20″ so that I will be able to pull it over my head. I looked at a lot of cowl patterns online before deciding to make-up a simple pattern myself to the specifications that I had in mind. Basically a knitted tube in a pointelle lace pattern. I wanted it snug enough around my neck so that it is warm, and also big enough and long enough to go over the head.

The cowl measures about 10″ long now and I am more than halfway through the yarn. I have another, lighter, color of green alpaca that was given to me by a friend who is allergic to alpaca. I’m still contemplating what it would look like to have a two toned cowl.

orla kiely

This image from the Orla Kiely Autumn/ Winter ’06 collection. I’m using similar colors and the same pattern to make a felted pair of mittens. I don’t think that I am going to do the brown thumb tip though.


My swatch looks dirty because I felted it with jeans and some old tennis balls that had gone through with the Snirt Mitten. The yarn is Cascade 220, Pear and Doeskin Heather, I’m loving this color combination. This photo is a little overexposed, the pear yellow is actually darker than it appears here, but still a tad lighter than the Kiely mitten.


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