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!
Each year, I enjoy glancing back and making note of what knitting projects I worked on and completed throughout the year, noticing trends or patterns in my making. I've noticed that my creativity or how my creative pursuits "serve" me in a given season can vary widely depending on life circumstances.
Over the last several months, I've been working on several Christmas crafts—both sewing and knitting. Some are for our own home as decor, and most are gifts. Since some were mailed off relatively early or opened at early Christmas celebrations, I can now share them here, just in time for Christmas. The links with the knitting projects are to project pages which then include pattern links.
As the seasons shift and days bring cooler air, I'm keeping my hands busy with a few knitting and sewing crafts. And looking back in my archives, I just realized that I haven't written a "creativity check-in" since July. I have been working on projects consistently, so it's high time I share some completed items, works-in-progress, and plans for future creative making.