It began well when Kathleen whom I met at P3 2011 posted a picture of this missoni-look-alike cowl on twitter
|Liquid Amber (it's a free Ravelry download)|
This is the yarn, beautiful fine sheeny 50/50 silk/merino hand dyed by the Skein Queen. First problem, JTH was out and I wanted to begin AT ONCE (there's no satisfaction in delayed gratification knitwise). I need a swift and yarn winder so much, but this day I looked around the house and my eyes alighted on this old tray
It might look a bit messy but the handles work perfectly well to keep the hank falling off.
|wound and ready to...|
It hasn't turned out as stripey as the original. A more experienced knitter could have told me that from just looking at the skein, but I love the colours and I can always knit another, asking next time for yarn with long colour repeats. . The lace stitch is very easy to learn. There is a chart and text instructions in the pattern. I added two more repeats (30 more stitches) to make my cowl a little longer. I found I could knit up one complete pattern per night so it's...
I realise that I should have waited, it is not a KAL, but more like a race and that is not polite. But Kathleen is a very busy woman. She is not only a PhD student she is also making more that a stripey cowl at the moment (see her blog for more detail!) I think she has the yarn picked out, however, so keep an eye on her blog.
I have more on the Titanic project to blog next week but if all goes to plan there will be a big PS with a picture of the finished cowl as well
|All done now|
- use yarn with long repeats if you want the stripey look
- check the size as well as the tension. I knew I wanted my cowl to be a little longer to drape more, so I added 2 more repeats. But I should have measured. After blocking it turns out 4 cm greater in circumference than the pattern - as expected - but that is still not long enough to get the look I like. I have plenty of yarn left so no excuse!
- photograph cowls in full light with a white background if you don't want your neck to feature (success there)
I still like it and it will make a pretty collar to a plain dress but if I make another I shall make it longer, probably in 4 ply and get the colours right!