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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Fun Knitting!

A couple of weeks ago, the Spiders made the trek out to Marie's Bay Ridge apartment for an afternoon of eating, knitting, and hoola hooping (in Marie's spacious craft/yarn room). Last year, at the same gathering, the Spiders exchanged single socks, which I wanted to be a part of, but I didn't have the time to commit to knitting a sock in fingering weight yarn. This year, during a Spider knit night at Jacques Torres in Soho, someone (I forget who now), suggested a cowl swap. Now, a cowl, I can do. And I've been wanting a cowl for some time now too since seeing so many lovely iterations of the accessory on Ravelry and blogs.

So I knitted a cowl for the lovely Lisa, a fellow fan of green. She expressed a preference for a couple of yarns and I jumped at the chance to try the Malabrigo Merino silk. I used the Herringbone Cowl pattern and voila, my first cowl (Lisa's photo, I didn't have my camera with me):

And here's a group shot of us with our cowls (photo taken by Marie):

My cowl was knit by our newest member, Erin aka Mintyfresh. Funnily enough, I've been lusting after her gorgeous Tapestery Cowl for a while now (queued it as soon as it debuted). And I put down the Tapestry Cowl on my wish list, knowing that whoever my cowl knitter would turn out to be, she'd probably not want to knit a double knit cowl in fingering weight yarn. My instinct was right, Erin, understandably so, was not up for knitting another Tapestry Cowl. But by being randomly assigned to her, I couldn't have been closer to getting that desire granted. ;)

Instead, Erin knit me a gorgeous deep red, textured cowl of her own design (I understand she'll be releasing the pattern at some point) closed by a silver button! I love it!

Next time: I hope to have a tutorial on how to decrease in pattern for the Silk Cocoon Cardigan.