Saturday, November 24, 2012

New Free Pattern: the Denver Cowl

We've all been there. Maybe it’s wool fumes, maybe it’s a color (or three) that calls your name, but suddenly you end up with a big skein of variegated yarn and you have no idea what to do with it.

Here’s something to try - a big cozy cowl that you can wear wrapped once or twice. The stitch pattern grabs on to short stretches of color and turns them into little starbursts all over the fabric.

Denver Cowl
Laughing photos are the best photos
The Denver Cowl is a new FREE pattern, born of a collaboration between Miss Babs and myself. It's designed to make the most of the always-changing, no-two-alike, fun and funky "Babettes" that Babs dyes. There's a secret to the process that I can't reveal, but it means that there are always super-saturated flashes of fantastic colors all over the skein.
Denver Cowl
Denver Cowl, worn as a scarf
The yarn is the fabulous Miss Babs Yowza. If you've never worked with this stuff, you're missing out. It's 8 oz. of superwash merino - a huge skein clocking in at 560 yards. It's soft and snuggly (see below). And Babs dyes it up in these fantastic colors. FYI - don't expect to see this EXACT color again. It's just an example. If you love it and can't live without it, I'm really sorry! See if there's something else you love.

Denver Cowl
Yay snuggly!
So you need one. Can you pick just one? Go here and look. I'll wait. After you've grabbed your yarn, go and grab your free copy of the Denver Cowl pattern on Ravelry and you'll be all set!

The pattern is simple - knit in the round on a big circular needle in Daisy Stitch. It does use pretty much all of a skein of Yowza, so you can just go until it seems like you're going to run out, do the border, and quit. And contrary to my usual MO, I'm not even going to hassle you about blocking it. What a deal.

Denver Cowl
I just love having my photo taken a zillion billion times
Here's the full stats for the curious...

Finished measurements: 10” wide and 54” around after blocking.
Yarn: Miss Babs Yowza, (560 yards per 8 oz; 100% Superwash Merino wool, shown in First Choice), 1 skein.
Needles:  Size 8 US (5mm) 32” circular.
Notions: Stitch marker, tapestry needle.
Gauge: 20 sts and 28 rows = 4” in Daisy Stitch (gauge is not critical to this project)
Denver Cowl
Ah, that's better
And now it's back to work on all the other things that I have going on... secret knitting, the ever-fun paperwork... or maybe just snuggling up in a cozy cowl some more. Yes, please!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Something's Cooking

...and it's not turkey.

What could it be?
Stay tuned!

Friday, November 16, 2012

New Goodies

Last weekend I headed to the marketplace at Interweave Knitting Lab in San Mateo and came away with some new goodies.

I got a box project bag and a wee tiny little triangle bag...
Project bags
And I couldn't resist a little yarn from Alpenglow and Knitted Wit.
New yarn!

I am busy whipping up a couple new things, which I hope to be able to share with you soon! And then of course there's the standard super-sekrit sample knitting and super-sekrit Christmas knitting going on, but I suppose all will be revealed in due time.