Tuesday, August 23, 2011
As for knitting, I finished Elias' sweater, and am saving pictures of it for when David's is done and I'll do an official photo shoot in the yard or something for the pattern. I stopped by the yarn store last week just for fun. That's very dangerous to do. I missed seeing the ladies in there, and was shocked that it had been so long since I've been in there that there are some knew people who didn't even know me. Serves me right for trying to work from my stash, and buying some yarns online.
I ended up buying a skein of baby alpaca as an impulse buy. I always buy baby alpaca on impulse. It's a weakness. I don't usually work with chunky yarn, but I made this quick little cowl for myself for this winter. I think it will go very well with my coat. I looked on Ravelry for a cowl pattern, and didn't like the ones I saw so I made one up.
So I guess I'll be posting a free pattern for a cowl sometime next week. The only tricky part of my quickie pattern is that I wanted it seamless and reversible. That required that the whole thing be done in 1x1 rib, and I didn't know how to graft using the Kitchener stitch in 1x1 rib. After some Google searching, I'm realizing there is not any good, clear instructions out there for this, so I figured it out based on some vague online discussions on the topic I found. I'm determined now to post a good tutorial soon as well: how to do the Kitchener stitch in rib. I'll squeeze that in...somehow.
In the mean time, I'll be petting my new cowl as it's super soft. I love baby alpaca...
Thank you, Ginny, for doing the Yarn Along again. By the way, I love your recent trip pictures on visiting a yarn mill (Cestari). You may guess now what my vote is for our next family vacation...