I’ve now made two cowls using the yarns in our Flock of Four mini-skein sets from Solitude Wool. It is all just so fascinating, I tell you.
We’ve sent out a bunch of these at this point, so I wanted to do a show and tell before we run out.
The good women of Solitude Wool did a beautiful job of setting us up with four different breeds of sheep fleece, spun four different ways, in 73-meter (80-yard) skeins. Up top, you can see just how much each skein varies from the next.
This makes for excellent fooling around with these yarns. I dove in with Cecelia Campochiaro’s Corrugated Wrap pattern from Field Guide No. 5: Sequences, adapting it to a cowl so I could use as much of each skein as possible. (A download of the Sequences ebook comes with this set of mini skeins.)
• Size US 8 (6 mm) needle.
• Cast on 40 stitches. I did a provisional cast on using a crochet hook so I could kitchener the ends together when I finished.
These stitch patterns are total catnip to me.
There are stockinette panels separating each sequence.
The stitch patterns are reversible. Amazing!
Broken garter stitch, here in the middle, is one of my favorites. You do something like knit 3, purl 3 (or whatever), then on the other side you knit the purls and purl the knits.
The results are stitch patterns that would be a pain to write out. But when you just knit along, it’s just so easy and intuitive.
Sometimes a stitch pattern takes 4 or 8 or even 16 rows to resolve as a repeat. Those are such fun.
Pop quiz: what’s that sequence? OK I’ll tell you: knit 5, purl 5 broken garter.
The minute I finish one bit, I’m scheming up the next. Knit 5, purl 2? Purl 1, knit 6? The fun of seeing what you get is the high-stakes drama that’s really working for me right now.
Speaking of high stakes, I hope everybody is easing into the holiday season.
Gazing upon the wreath on the door, which is just about all the decorating I’m going to do this year! Note please that my pandemic hair has now officially arrived at “ombre.” Last cut? January. When am I going to cut it? When the vaccine arrives in Nashville. How’s your hair these days?
(Kermit’s hair, of course, is perfect.)