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!