Yesterday I washed and blocked a new Honey Cowl (MadTosh Sport, 300 stitches, in a color called Whisker that really is reminiscent of a 5 o’clock shadow). (Do people still say “5 o’clock shadow” in this bearded age? Is it still a thing? As one gets older does this kind of uncertainty plague one’s entire vocabulary?)
Today I cast on another Honey Cowl (MadTosh DK, 260 stitches, in a steely pale blue whose label I tossed too quickly).
My Ravelry notebook records that I cast on my fifth Honey Cowl in February 2012. I have not kept track as the numbers mounted. Doing some rough projections, I think I’ve knit at least 30 of them.
I know it looks like a failure of imagination, knitting so many repeats of the same pattern, but hear me out. The Honey Cowl is perfect for subway knitting, which I do a lot of. I can even knit a Honey Cowl in the movies, although sometimes I have to wait for a brightly lit scene to check where I am in the slip one, purl one sequence. So there’s ease of knitting. And the finished object is a wonderful accessory. It’s chic and warm when double-looped around the neck, and it drapes beautifully when you let it hang down. It’s practical, because it won’t slip off your neck when you un-double it when you go into a warm shop or packed train. People not only act delighted to receive one, but I see them wearing them often. So. I keep knitting them. Although I always have other projects on the go, rarely are they as supremely portable or giftable as the Honey Cowl.
But, Ann, I think it’s time. When my current Honey Cowl is finished, I’d like to pause the parade of Honey Cowls, if only for a while. On Thursday I’m flying to San Diego, where you and I will meet up and go to TNNA together. (Just like we did 10 years ago!) While I’m out there, I’d like to get the fixings for a new cowl to knit on the plane ride home. I’ve been looking around, but I can’t decide.
So, obviously, it’s time for a little contest.
The Goal: Find Me a New Cowl
To Enter: Go on Instagram, post a picture of a cowl that you think I should knit. (It can be your own picture, or you can “regram” someone else’s Instagram picture, just give them credit. Easiest way to regram is to take a screen shot of the picture, and post it to your feed.)
In the caption to that photo:
- tag me (@kaygardiner)
- tag a friend who knits and
- add the hashtag #KayCowl. (The hashtag is really important because it’s the only way I can be sure to see all the entries.)
On Friday, January 8, at 5 p.m. California time, I’ll choose a winner and notify them via their Instagram account.
The Prize: a kit to make the winning cowl, including the pattern and the yarn that the pattern calls for.
(Note: if more than one person suggests the cowl that wins, I’ll do a drawing from among those who suggested that cowl.)
Also: one entry per person, to keep things manageable.
May the best cowl win!