This particular project has been on my needles since March of this year. At the very start, it felt like a mindless, but very uphill project. I knit it on size 2 needles, and at first, I had to look down a lot as I knit, and it just felt slow. But bit by bit, I picked it up and worked on it.
And this is one of the biggest takeaways about my crafting during this life stage: I don't need tons of time, just small pockets of time. A few stitches here and there, even on a project that feels never-ending, and eventually, it will be done.
I spontaneously bought two skeins of this yarn back in 2020, knowing it was one of the very softest yarns I'd ever previously worked with, but I didn't have a specific plan in mind. I wasn't able to find a pattern for the cowl I wanted, something incredibly simple, namely, a fingering weight, double-thick, single loop cowl, with grafted ends. This style of cowl is incredibly cozy, and practically, it's easy to wear and doesn't shift out of place. Basically, I wanted a single color cowl with the same yarn and proportions of the Glacier Park Cowl. So, I decided to find a fabric I liked, and do a little math to determine the circumference I wanted.
For more details, see my ravelry project page
Yarn: Woolfolk Sno in 1+11 (2 skeins)
Size: 140 stitches for a close-fitting cowl
Needles: US 2 to get a fairly dense fabric, knowing I am a loose knitter
Specifics/modifications: As I mentioned above, I didn't follow a pattern, but I cast-on 140 stitches with scrap yarn (long-tail cast on). And then switched to my main yarn, knit the entirety of the two skeins (leaving just a gram or two of yarn). Then, removed the waste yarn, placing the CO stitches on a second circular needle. I then pulled the cowl in on itself (so only RS of stockinette stitch is showing) and used kitchener stitch to graft the two ends together to make a seamless tube.
And since its completion, everyone except Finn has tried it on and found it so cozy. Three cheers for knitting projects that feel never-ending, and then they're done!
Several weeks ago, I finished a new cardigan! This project was the first time I've done an all over lace pattern, as well as the first time I've made a drop shoulder construction cardigan.
Today, the air felt different. Cooler and more crisp. Filled with anitcipation. The last several weeks since my last "life lately" post, have been filled with a lot of summery fun and they've felt full. I might be getting ahead of myself, since it was in the upper eighties this past weekend, but decidedly, I love the shift that comes with slightly cooler weather. Nevertheless, here are some things we've been up to in recent weeks:
As July comes to a close, I wanted to check in and share some recent projects I've been working on, as well as a few that I've completed. I also wanted to share some creative-focused podcasts I've been enjoying, and some musings about crafting in community and future plans for knitting, sewing, and a brand new, very-beginner skill for me: crochet!