Monday, May 28, 2012

Still alive and knitting

The Honey Cowl is done, has been done for a while, I'm just slow to blog these days.

Pattern: Honey Cowl by Madelinetosh
Yarn: Noro Silk Garden, colorway 282
Needles: US9
Modifications: None

I used four skeins of yarn, and yet the width is not up to pattern specifications. That's okay. When I loop the cowl around my neck once, it drapes over my shoulders a bit. Or I can loop it around my head as well, babushka style. I see getting a lot of use out of this item this winter.

I have other knitting projects going on, like a pair of socks and a GAP-tastic cowl, but it is summertime and the gardening is not-so-easy.

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Road trip

Last week my SO and I hit six states in seven days - whew! What knitting projects to take was an issue. At first, I packed the current sock project plus yarn for a second pair. But wait, sometimes US1 needles are hard to manage in a moving vehicle. I opted to also take Honey Cowl, in Noro Silk Garden, not heeding the warning that this pattern is addicting.

Addicting it is, so much so that it is all I worked on the whole trip.

We also hit a few yarn stores along the way. Sadly, this one in Galesburg, IL, was closed.

But Fiber Wild! in Galena, IL, was not. I was overcome with yarn fumes and came away with enough of this yarn from O'Day Farms (Waukesha County, WI) to knit up a sweater or jacket.

Blue Heron Knittery, in Decorah, IA, was also open for business. I made the mistake of petting this Eco Duo yarn (baby alpaca and merino) from Cascade, and it followed me home.

We made it to Minneapolis, too, but I was yarned out by then. We were so impressed with that city, we will return.