Thursday, February 11, 2016

Yarn Along - A Day Late

The Adama Cowl did exactly what is was supposed to.  I had fun knitting it, learned some new tricks, made a few mistakes that I was able to fix...even though I'd rather have not had too...but it all helped me get my knitting mojo back (I hope ;-).

As I was knitting it I had some doubts about the yarn.  It's pretty, easy to work with, very durable (as a couple of spots really got put through a work out :-o), but felt kind of meh.  Of course, I'm used to knitting with handspun, which really does feel different.  The Lamb Camp yarn felt almost, I can barely say this, acrylic-y.


I didn't panic though because I knew the wool that went into the yarn and knew I liked it.  Also, kbdoolin, when she knit the hat and mittens, said it really softened and bloomed after a good soak.


It completely changed as soon as it hit the warm water.  And look how dirty it was :-o.  Oh, and Liddy nailed another knitting needle while we were "knitting together".  And don't ask me why it's soaking in the bathroom and not the kitchen.  Just. Don't. Ask.


It turned out really pretty and I'm ready to pick the Stories from Snoqualmie Valley shawl back up.  This yarn will be perfect for it.


Isn't that the sweetest puzzle?  A favorite Christmas gift :-).  I used it in these pictures to help show scale.  


I blocked the cowl pretty big as I was hoping to wear it more like a small shawl.  I haven't tried it on yet, but I have a feeling the model might have been a bit smaller then me ;-).


Regardless, it was a great pattern, did just what it needed to and I'm so happy to have finally finished something with our yarn :-).

I'm still listening to Major Pettigrew's Last Stand.  Right as I was binding off (I used the Icelandic bind off from the Purbeck Shawl again by the way and really like it - super stretchy) one of the characters in the book was taking another character to a yarn shop with Major Pettigrew as chauffeur.

Ms. Ali:  "I'm to be converted to the joys of knitting." 

Major Pettigrew:  "My condolences."

Aw, it's not that bad :-).

Joining in with Ginny.  It's a good thing she leaves the door open for a whole week!



21 comments:

  1. Love the way that cowl turned out. Interesting shape - just went over to Ravelry to see how it 'wears'. Adding to my never-ending 'to knit' list.

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    1. I think I've figured out that the high spot goes to the front. Right?

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  2. That cowl is gorgeous! Makes me want to learn to knit better.
    And using the puzzle for scale would be a brilliant idea if only... I knew how big the puzzle was. But since I'm clueless, I'll just imagine that the cowl is the perfect size for you!

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    1. Haha - good point! It's hand size. I was thinking before and after blocking reference but missed the bigger issue :-).

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  3. Oh it is lovely! The yarn looks a little like some cormo/angora wool blend that I had once.

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  4. How beautiful!!! Enjoy it!!! The puzzle is quite an artwork piece as well!!! What a neat gift!!!

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  5. It looks very pretty. I have to ask though, why is it soaking in the bathroom and not the kitchen!!!

    Cindy Bee

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    1. Dishwasher leak...that went undetected because the water was running under the new floor...everything coming out so pretty much the entire floor can be replaced... At least the contractor was very good about swooping in immediately to fix it. Hopefully it will be done by the end of next week. Sigh.........

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  6. You really do inspire me to learn to read a pattern.

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  7. That *is* a pretty cowl pattern, but my queue (which I never add to Ravelry, on the ground it would incriminate me) just got increase by. Baable KAL encouraged by Some Knitters You Know. Some of whom are replying to this blog. Must have more hours in day. Can't give up housekeeping; Heaven

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    1. knows I barely clean house anyway.

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    2. Right there with you sister! The KAL is going to be fun :-). I'm going to do a giveaway for it...must have more hours in a day!

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  8. pretty knitting!! I love your jigsaw so very sweet. I read that book a while ago and did enjoy it.

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  9. Oh, gosh! Having to have your whole floor replaced is a terrible thing. I read through your comments. Sigh!

    Linda

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  10. Thank the gods you had a good contractor! Cowl in the rav picture looks huge compared to yours.

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    1. I know, right?!? And mine measures bigger!

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    2. You'll have to model it.

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  11. It look so soft and delicate, I bet it is perfect. I don't have a dishwasher:) Sorry about your leak:(

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  12. Beautiful knitting! The puzzle is darling. Yes! Let's see you wearing the cowl :-)

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  13. It is just beautiful! I sure wish I knew how to knit!

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