December 13, 2010

Little Queen

There are a lot of chic people in New York City, and fall and winter are the chic seasons.  Spring is flirty and summer is sexy, but fall and winter are when style takes center stage.  Sweaters and tights and corduroy and boots and coats and scarves: there are a lot of elements, including textures and colors, to consider when dressing oneself for cold weather.  It's easy to look clownish, which I sometimes do.

Lately I've been finding myself enraged when I see impossibly chic women with gigantic scarves and cowls wrapped round their necks.  I want! I want! I want!  And sometimes, the best gift to give is one that you would like to receive (assuming, of course, that the recipient would enjoy it as well).

Pattern: Snickerdoodle, by Lindsay Ingram
Yarn: Quince & Co. Puffin
Needles: US 15/10mm
Started: November 22
Finished: November 28

When I saw this pattern, I freaked out a little bit because it was EXACTLY what I'd been wanting, and I also knew it would be perfect for my friend Amy. Initially I planned to use the yarn called for by the pattern (Rowan Cocoon) but in the end I decided to use Quince and Co.'s Puffin, a bulky yarn that comes in a beautiful variety of colors. Peacock is the one I selected.

Working on this was a little tricky, as the recipient is my roommate; I couldn't exactly knit it up while we were sitting on the couch watching 30 Rock.  Fortunately, some friends asked me to house and dog sit while they were away over thanksgiving, so I decamped to their home and knit this linen-like stitch demonically for four days. I was both sneaky and productive.

I was worried about blocking it, but she Amy was called out of town for work and I seized upon the opportunity to wetblock (I always wetblock) the 56" long cowl and dry it on the floor under a fan.  The stitch opened up a bit with blocking, but it didn't grow a tremendous amount, which was a relief, as it was sizable to begin with.  The yarn did soften a bit, though, which was nice.  It's soft and flexible, yet has good body.  There's definitely going to be more Quince & Co. in my future.  Amy's going to Minnesota tomorrow for the Christmas holiday, and since it's been blizzarding out there (I'm not joking; their football stadium collapsed under the weight of the snow), this should prove quite useful.

A few of my knitting pals and I got together on Sunday to say "Bye for now" to one of our ranks who is heading to India for two months.  It was a lovely afternoon and I took advantage of the daylight to snap these photos. I was excited to see the cowl (dubbed Little Queen", another homage to Heart) on women of different heights, sizes and coloring.

Thank you to all of my sporting models. And good luck with your holiday knitting!


Erin Joy said... Best Blogger Tips

The color, the pattern, everything is perfect! All that knitting paid off!

Oiyi said... Best Blogger Tips

It looks perfect for Minnesota. It's going to keep her warm and stylish at the same time. Is there one for yourself in the future?

Sayschnicklefritz said... Best Blogger Tips

Oiyi: Not in the near future. This took six days to knit, six days I dont have to spare between now and Dec. 30. I'm seriously under the knitting gun. Why do I do this to myself?

craftivore said... Best Blogger Tips

Love Little Queen! I love people watching in NY and seeing all the fabulous scarves, this one would totally rank. I've got another hat to knit and then I think I'm free to knit for myself again.

Shameka said... Best Blogger Tips

I love how you were able to complete the project in such a sneaky way. Very cool. It is a beautiful cowl. I want one too! It's gorgeous!