…on my way to my sewing machine. Some yarn jumped out of my stash, sat there quietly and waited for me to pick it up, smell it (yes I love to smell yarn), touch it, hold it up to the light and realize I wanted to spend every waking moment with it.
The other day I had coffee with a dear friend and knitting buddy who showed me a new project, a cowl that she had just finished. I was instantly and completely in love!!
Isn’t it incredible!!! I mean the colors, the pattern, everything about it is perfect!!!! I couldn’t stop touching it. I also couldn’t wait to get home, search my stash and cast on my own.
It couldn’t be more different. As I started it I was in love. The colors looked right, the yarn felt great but then I started knitting it. Still loved it but in the back of my head I still wasn’t totally sure. Then I added the second section and now I’m really not sure. The problem is I also can’t stop knitting it. I love color work patterns and holding yarn in each hand.
I think my reservation is the yarn. The dark brown is vintage Koigu (I say vintage because this is a skein from when this yarn was first made and not popular yet. Once it became popular it totally changed and was not the same). The variegated is Socks That Rock, (mill ends that I just bought at the sheep and wool festival) in heavy weight. I love both but I think the difference in weight maybe become a problem. See how it’s “drawing in a bit “.
I can already hear my friend saying but it’s not blocked yet but it’s still bothering me. I decided to use yarn that I already had because I just couldn’t justify buying more yarn with the amount I have but I may have to bite the bullet on this one.
oh and sorry…the pattern is Inpira Cowl by Graphica. It’s a free pattern on Ravelry. When you see how much work this woman put into this you’ll be stunned that it’s free. Oh I do love my fellow knitters and their generosity!!!
Here are a few more versions of the cowl, including my friend’s version.
Please let me know what you think…I’m really beating myself up over this one!!!!