At long last, cowls.
For many moons now, I have been thinking about Antonia Shankland’s Breton Cowl, writing about the Breton Cowl, looking at yarn, patting our samples, having a fine time getting our Breton Cowl ready to go for the first MDK Field Guide.
Velvet and Raspberry
But I haven’t made one. Until now.
Today is the day, y’all—I wound yarn for my first Breton Cowl. It’s not going to be my last, I am certain, because the colors are all pretty much 100% up my alley. Uncanny, really.
Field and Pollen
One confounding little issue for me: the pattern calls for the Shibui Silk Cloud yarn—the contrast stripe—to be doubled. I don’t have a scale at home, having sacrificed my postal scale to the Department of Shipping at MDK World Headquarters on Taylor Street. I never seem to be there at the moment I want to wind this yarn. Also: Ecommerce Manager Liz is typically hogging up the space shipping stuff, dang it. “Stand aside, woman, I’ve got mohair to weigh!”
O the yarns!
So, seeing as how I’m thinking about the scales of justice a lot these days, I rigged up a way to weigh the balls of yarn here at home that requires only a coat hanger and two hooks, either Christmas tree ornament hooks or the more ecumenical paper clips. I demonstrate how this all works in the frankly moving cinematic experience up top: “How to Divide One Ball of Yarn into Two Equal Balls: Un Film d’Ann Shayne.”
Two equal-sized balls of Silk Cloud. So chuffed.
This Breton Cowl is going to be a highlight of my Giftalong knitting. It’s a fast knit, yes. But the real reason I’m going for it is that I get to spend time with this lushylush merino/cashmere with a little silk/mohair action in there.
Graphite and Ash
And if there’s anything I’m in the mood for, it’s a quiet bit of lushness.
Happy at last to be qualified to join the Breton Cowl conversation over in The Lounge. I have strong opinions about welt construction. Come join the fray.