So, let's just reach an understanding before we begin, shall we?
When I say, "I'm going to be posting a couple FOs in the next few days," let's just agree this means I will disappear for a couple weeks.
Sound good? Great.
Yeah, great intentions and all that. And an unhealthy competive bend and F@rmville. I can't believe I'm admitting that, but there you go.
So about six months ago I drove up to my Mom and Dad's on my way to Astoria for work. Unfortunately, both my sister and mom can't wear wool, or most natural fibers. It really does make gift knitting more difficult. Last Thanksgiving during eat.sleep.knit's post Thanksgiving Day sale, I picked up my first Blue Sky yarn. The yarn is absolutely amazing. It is so soft, but doesn't pill the way lesser cottons do. I'd asked my Dad and he said my Mom would like a cowl. For years I've been following Stacey's blog and she's recently designed a couple patterns. Her simple Awbrey cowl seemed perfect.
The pattern calls for bulky yarn while I had worsted yarn. So, I added an extra repeat around and two repeats on the top. I think I should have done a different bind off, because it seemed a little tight but my Mom has a slightly smaller head so it appears to have worked out well. Apparently it works perfectly with her new coat!
I had bought two skeins thinking I would make her a scarf. Since the cowl only took about half a skein, I have a healthy amount of yarn left over for another project for the wool-adverse. With a different yarn, I'm working on a pair of socks; hopefully I'll finish in time for Christmas. We shall see!
The drive up to Oregon was beautiful and I couldn't stop taking pictures. Seriously, I lost track of the number of times I pulled over just to take pictures. I love rainy weather! Here is a sampling...
The Eel River near Richardson's Grove...
From a bridge on a state road between Astoria and Portland...
Last weekend I broke our camera while trying to take pictures of my awesome friend finishing her first half Ironman. So, it may be awhile before I post pictures of new projects (the few that I have).
Hope you all enjoy these last days of summer!
Final measurements: I didn't measure!
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpaca Organic Cotton Worsted 104 yards
Modifications: smaller needles for different weight yarn, extra repeat around and two extra repeats in height.
Knitting yardage total 2011: 1525