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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.

9 Comments:

Blogger Chantal B said...

I really like the collar. I'm a french speaker, can you tell me what means: fingering weight yarn?

10:35 AM  
Blogger KNITTING from the HART said...

OK, that looks like a lot of Fun...I have been wanting to try the Herringbone Stitch and the cowl is perfect for it.

11:50 AM  
Blogger Team Knit ! said...

that green cowl is gorgeous!! I love that you all made cowls, what a great idea.

- Julie

3:49 PM  
Blogger An Abundance of Lisa said...

I LOVE my Herringbone Cowl! It's perfect! I've gotten so many compliments too. Thank you!

4:48 PM  
Blogger Sigrun said...

I love the idea of a knitting group. In my rural area, I would have to travel about 200 sq. miles to find that many people, never mind knitters. O well, there's a lot of comfort in just knitting, and following knitting blogs--or knitting groups vicariously.

8:47 PM  
Blogger Jane said...

What a fun activity. I enjoy spending time with knitting friends too. Must check out that double knitting.

8:35 AM  
Blogger gleek said...

you knit such a beautiful cowl and got a great one in return!

2:00 PM  
Anonymous Craptina said...

That was such a fun swap! Lisa really loved your cowl, you did such a great job :)

7:01 AM  
Blogger Julia (MindofWinter) said...

This is an awesome idea! I think our little circle will have to steal it!

8:13 AM  

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