Monday, January 12, 2009

Staying warm on the southside.

We'll have to have a holiday edition soon, but in the meantime I wanted to share a quick and totally satisfying knit with you lovely people.

I fell totally in love with this pattern, sweetly named "Holding Hands and Feeding Ducks," but I didn't have the bulky yarn that could hold up to it.

And then, when I was in Texas, I spied this pepperminty Manos at my mom's new yarn store and couldn't walk away without it. Post NYE, I found myself in Chicago cozied up in front of a television, and this cowl was born!

I cast on 40 stitches, and ended up with a perfectly fitting cowl for Chicago. With a few strategically placed buttons, this kept my face warm from the biting winds that = winter in that fair land. (Of course, my actual neck was covered by a stormy wisp--but two knitted objects for one neck is acceptable in the windy city, or so I believe.)

If I made this for someone else, I think I would go with bigger buttons and maybe try a button band. These little buttons like to slip out of the not-actually-button-holes.

I hope I will be back there and able to wear this happy cowl again soon!


HEB said...

Being able to compare your star stitch with my attempt makes it pretty clear that it looks *much* better with this bulkier yarn. Lovely!

And double neckwarmers! I wish I had such a thing in college. But my guess is that this one did the lion's share of the work. (And I'm fine with that, I swear. The stormy wisp was intended for milder weather.)

kzwick said...

i am loving the knitting with buttons (both here and in the scarves that i suspect will grace this blog soon enough).