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December 18, 2003

Garden of Earthly Delights

I'm not quite done, but I couldn't wait any longer.

This is what my mystery yarn is turning into.

I like it!

The cowl is completed—I wore it to and from work today. It's going to serve its purpose perfectly as a cozy and decorative filler of the gap between my jacket and my neck. The yarn is Noro Silk Garden, color #82. It took just over a skein to knit the cowl [Only four rows short! Grr!].

There were several inspirations for this project. One is a comment left on Wendy's blog recently by Peg, giving simple directions for a knitted cowl. I know Peg from K2P2 and I've seen her knit several cowls out of enticing luxury fibers. It's always seemed like a good way to sample the 'good stuff' without breaking the bank. [Thanks Peg and Wendy for reminding me of this option].

[BTW, K2P2 has moved from Border's to Mayorga Coffee Roasters (8040 Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring, MD). It still meets the 3rd Saturday of the month around 4pm though. Come on down this Saturday and see us].

Further inspiration was provided by Mady, who I know from Knitting-In-The-City at Savory. She has a beautiful feather and fan stitch scarf knit out of Silk Garden that I have been admiring for months. It was my original intention to knit a scarf just like it until I decided on a cowl instead. I kept the Silk Garden and the wavy stitch pattern though.

However, I didn't use feather and fan. The stitch pattern I used is from a lacy little sweater called Opulent Options from the Spring 1999 issue of Knitter's magazine [back in the day]. Here's the sweater as I originally knit it four years ago out of some nameless discontinued ribbon yarn. I've always liked this stitch pattern.

Opulent?  Hardly, but it is kinda cute.

I reworked the stitch pattern to knit in the round and worked three pattern repeats with borders on either end [wanting those darn borders to be symmetric is why I went four rows into the second skein].

Here's a close-up of the stitch pattern in the cowl. [You'll notice that pattern is flipped in this picture].

waves of color

The hat in the picture is a cheat. It's a prototype that I knit last night which has already been ripped back to almost the beginning so I can make some modifications. [For instance, the finished hat will not have a Bryspun double point needle sticking out of the top].

Also, I'm going to need some more yarn before I can finish it. I had almost a skein left after the cowl and I wanted to see how far I could get with a hat. The answer? Not far enough. The crown will need to be about another inch deep before the hat will fit well and won't feel like it's going to pop off the top of my head.

I got these first two skeins on sale and in the mail. It looks as though if I want this hat to be done in time for my holiday travels I'm going to have to see if I can pick up one more skein locally and not on sale this weekend. Such is life.

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The cowl is gorgeous! So's the sweater... AND the hat, tho' I'm sorry it wasn't big enough. Thanks for sharing the pics.

Posted by: Stasia at Dec 18, 2003 4:07:08 PM

Beautiful cowl.What a good idea,which I am going to nick ! I always get in a bit of a tangle in scarves,and never live up to the sophisticated intent !
More details would be fab - dimensions - and a pic of how it fits.Headless will do,but full portrait would be lovely. :0)

Posted by: Emma at Dec 19, 2003 2:56:16 AM

The pattern and the variegation go so well together! I am with Emma.... would like to see a photo of how it looks on you.

Posted by: Melissa at Dec 19, 2003 3:45:23 AM

Love your cowl! I'm making a mobius cowl out of Noro Cash Iroha, and it's so yummy to work with. I see more cowls in the future . . .

Posted by: Wendy at Dec 19, 2003 4:58:30 AM

Doc, the Yarn Garden in Annapolis carries Silk Garden.
Here's their telephone number:

I'll be in Fells Point on Saturday and tho we carry Noro we don't carry Silk Garden -- sorry.

Good luck!

Posted by: genia at Dec 19, 2003 5:37:58 AM

Hi Michelle.
I love the stitch pattern. If you're coming to K2P2 tomorrow would you bring the cowl and the mag. with the stitch pattern?

Posted by: phyliss at Dec 19, 2003 5:43:54 AM

Great cowl! I want to make another for myself and I love the feather and fan idea. Thanks for the inspiration!

Posted by: alison at Dec 19, 2003 6:02:50 AM

The cowl is lovely. I'm thrilled to see it. So glad that you've enjoyed making it. And glad to get such great feedback about cowls. Can't wait to see it tomorrow. Happy Holidays to you!

Posted by: Peg at Dec 19, 2003 8:10:19 AM

Beautiful set, Michelle! I made a gift hat of my own design and had to rip halfway back, too, to get it not to pop. Good luck finding more yarn~

Posted by: Maggi at Dec 19, 2003 9:31:58 AM

Oooh ooooh! Great idea, and beautifully crafted, too. I just love that Silk Garden and I've been looking for something to do with it.....

Posted by: Rachael at Dec 19, 2003 10:17:32 AM

Very pretty, Michelle!

Posted by: Kerstin at Dec 19, 2003 1:12:57 PM

I love it Michelle. The cowl shows off the yarn beautifully. It reminds me of one of my favorite non-traditional Dale of Norway sweaters:


Posted by: Mary at Dec 21, 2003 7:12:37 PM