my recent stash splurge has lead me down another dark path - The Cowl.
Like so many others at the moment, I am smitten with these quick, satisfying little projects, and there are so many free patterns kicking around, one is positively spoiled for choice!
This is the Darkside Cowl (Rav link), made for a friends' Big Birthday (3-0!)
I used Shepherd 100% Lambswool Felted, jut over 2 skeins. It is soft and squishy and delicious. The pattern was great to knit up, too. It's basically a rib pattern, set out to form a zig-zag (there they are again). One thing's for certain - I am definitely making more of these. I want one!
My next cowl was ilean (Rav link), using one of my Malabrigo skeins of Sealing Wax.
I love the finished product, again, soft and squishy, but if I made another of these I'd convert the pattern to knit in the round. It's knit back and forward with garter stitch borders that become the "top and bottom" once it's sewn together at the end, and try as I might, I just can't seem to get the seam as neat as I'd like.
This too is heading off to make a home elsewhere. Even though I have only tried these on to take photos, I am already converted to the Cowl. The Cowl does not flap around like a scarf, nor does it need constant adjustment or fiddling. It keeps you toasty warm and feeling snug, especially when the weather dramatically drops, as has happened here in Melbourne this week.
and it's just so snappin' stylish!