The Cowl Channel
January 30, 2012
At what point should I feel embarrassed about the cowl output around here? Never? Is never OK with you? I simply am enjoying a pattern that rings all my bells at this moment. There is nothing wrong with that. It will run its course.
But I recognize that I have reknitivist tendencies (thanks Twist Collective for that coinage). It seems, even to me, a bit simpleminded to knit so many multiples of the same pattern. But I have multiples of people in my life, including myself, who think this is the perfect Winter 2012 accessory. And I have multiples of yarns I’d like to knit up into this cowl. In short, it doesn’t seem repetitive to me, or at least not any more repetitive than a second cup of coffee or piece of cake. So on I go. I feel the end is nigh. I think it’s just one Honey Cowl after The Current Cowl. Because while knitting the current Honey Cowl, I got a brain wave about a made-up cowl that has captured my imagination, and I bought the yarn for it, so it looks like a switch is imminent.
But let’s catch up on my Honey Cowls, shall we?
Here’s niece Maggie rocking my second Honey Cowl, in Socks That Rock Heavyweight. This is a narrower width than Honey Cowl the First, because there is less yardage in a skein of STR than the mega wad of Tess’ Designer Yarns that I used.
But it seems to be doing the job.
And here, modeled inanimately, is Honey Cowl The Third, which used 2 skeins of Madelinetosh Tosh DK, in Honey Wheat. I think I’m keeping this one. But I cannot see the point of me modeling it, at least not while Carrie and Maggie’s jawlines are fresh in everyone’s minds.
It’s a good color for me.
Really sets my puffy coat apart from the 7 million other puffy coats in the city that never wants to feel a chill.
On the needles: Honey Cowl The Fourth, which is at the exact halfway point.
Lots of progress was made on it over the weekend, as I re-watched old Eastenders episodes because I had forgotten exactly what happened between Janine and Laura, and it didn’t seem important at the time, until it really seemed very important (this was all happening in real-time Eastenders in 2004, but WLIW is nearly 8 years behind the UK). Then I got started on Season One of Downton Abbey. Mind you, I watched it twice last year, but short-term memory being what it is, I don’t want to start Season Two without a refresher on who’s who and what’s what. Not that even a memory-impaired person is likely to forget The Turkish Gentleman, but there are nuances. So, that’s a lot of good cowl-knitting time, too.
Honey Cowl The Fourth is for a deserving pal who has been hinting for a handknit for a while, and who has just acquired a brown coat. Deserving Pal is one of those people who is always well turned out and stylishly put together, which is why I have dithered so long about what to knit for her. It would be too easy, I fear, to get it wrong. I see Deserving Pal very frequently, so if the item does not make the cut for the New Brown Coat, I will know the sting of knitterly rejection. But how could even the pickiest pal not like a Honey Cowl in Fleece Artist Blue Face Leicester? Could not happen, right? That’s my thinking.
[HERESY ALERT} I am not one to spend much time pondering the differences between the wool of the different heritage sheep breeds. To me, wool is wool, or rather, good wool is good wool. I’m more interested in the finished yarn’s texture, drape, and color, frankly, than the base fiber’s softness, fiber length, crimp and so forth. I love all the sheeps, the great and the small, but the yarns most of all.
But this Blue Face Leicester stuff, wow. I would not have identified it as pure sheep’s wool. It’s so suave; beautiful drape with no sacrifice of stitch definition. Pretty dang nice. Take that, Barney’s accessories department–you think you’re hot stuff, but you ain’t got BFL, and you certainly don’t have BFL dyed by Fleece Artist. I will hand this over to Deserving Pal without a worry in the world.
I’ve also been embroidering on my Prints Charming (Put a Bird On It) kit. (It’s not really called Put a Bird on It.) So fun; it’s taking me back to 8th Grade Home Economics. In a good way.