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!