Baby I’m Cowlin’ For You
February 7, 2012
Let’s start with a mood-elevating YouTube shall we?
Every time this song shuffles up on my iPod, I can’t stop smiling. Makes a girl want to move to Nashville, break in a pair of Frye boots, and stalk some musicians.
But our subject remains: cowls.
In a last-minute personnel change, Honey Cowl 4 was gifted to niece Kristin. SuperPal Lisa saw me knitting it and I gleaned that she did not think it was brown enough for her brown coat. Niece was feeling a bit undercowled, so I made a switch. Knitter’s prerogative. What the knitter knitteth, the knitter can taketh away.
Honey Cowl 4 taught me something very important: the Honey Cowl is a dish that is best served wide. You want a width of at least 12 inches. This gives it a more flattering, sculptural fit when double-wrapped around the neck. Honey Cowl 4 is my best effort so far, because of the width and the amazing Fleece Artist Blue Face Leicester yarn. The color seemed a bit murky as I was knitting on it, but when worn, it’s a subtle, interesting neutral. Very pleased with it. My trust in Fleece Artist is stronger than ever.
Honey Cowl 5, in red MadelineTosh, is on the needles, but I am also working on Something Completely Different That Is Still However A Cowl:
This is a cowl that I am knitting for Carrie on a design-as-you-go plan, in Twinkle’s Baby Chunky merino. As readers have pointed out, the high-style cowls on the street right now are the mega-cowls; they are almost laugh-out-loud bulky. Cartoonish proportions; if you can see your feet, your cowl is too small. Niece Maggie has a white cowl from Top Shop that, when worn in the fully wrapped position, makes her neck nearly as wide as her shoulders. THAT is the look that I am hoping to approximate with 3 skeins of Twinkle Baby Chunky. (I don’t mind telling you that the Top Shop version is not made in yarn that is anything like as nice as the Twinkle Baby Chunky. It’s not merino. It’s not even near-ino.)
I started with 1 skein worked up in a reversible cable pattern adapted from Melissa Leapman’s wonderful book, Cables Untangled. I started it on Sunday and bound it off as they were parading the Lombardi Trophy at the conclusion of the Super Bowl. (Wasn’t that weird the way all the players touched it, as if it had healing powers? I expected Moses to appear and demand that they melt it down.)
Now I’m nearly done with Skein 2, a ribby side panel. I will not pretend that I love working on Size 11 US needles, but the yarn is divine and it’s fun to see a project take shape so quickly.
What will I do with Skein 3? Stay tuned for the thrilling conclusion of Super Cowl. I’m hoping it will have healing powers.