I have been eye-balling Cowichan sweaters for a few months now, so being in the design process is a little exciting.
I’ve got a few pictures saved for color, design or shape inspiration…
And thanks to a little free time and some Excel magic, I think I have my main motif figured out. Can’t wait to swatch this out and see if it works!
As for cardigan construction, I’m a little torn about knitting in pieces vs top down. I think once this is knit up, it may benefit from the structure of seaming things up, but I really need things to line up, so I’m worried.
I also need to figure out my yarn choice. My eagle design is 50 sitches wide by 23 tall, so I’m thinking a worsted weight wool is the way to go here.
If anyone has ideas, I’m all ears!
Maybe I’m getting a little cocky knowing my Christmas knitting is mostly in the bag. I have Mom’s qiviut cowl done, my MIL’s shawl just needs to be blocked (FO post coming soon) and 1 1/2 of 5 color-stranded hats finished. At this rate, I should be done and Christmas-ready by mid-November.
With any luck, this all means I might have time to finish a little something for you-know-who!
Enter the Cowichan Sweater.
I think I need one. I need one bad. Time to get planning.
Photo from the Canadian TV series Heartland – my latest guilty pleasure.
With Christmas Gift #1 ready for gift wrap and Christmas Gift #2 well under way, I’m feeling more organized than I have in my entire Christmas Knitting career. I’m not sure, but I just may finish gift #2 in just a couple of weeks.
That is super good news, because I have so much more to knit…….
When it is finished, this will be a Light and Up shawl. You can get the pattern and yarn from Craftsy. This would be in Malabrigo. Colorway: playa.
The colors are soothing, and remind me of river rock. I wish my camera would have picked up on that…
It has only been a few short weeks since I wound my amazingly soft qiviut yarn into a ball so the Christmas knitting could commence and the stuff has already been magically transformed.
Gift #1 is already off the needles.
The pattern is Heavenly Cowl by Leah Michelle Designs.
The scrumptious Arctic Treasure qiviut can be purchased from http://www.northernthreads.net just in case you need to be ridiculously self-indulgent. Northern Threads was super quick to ship and by far had the best price. This is the Alaskan Raspberry colorway. One skein got me 6 pattern repeats with a bit left over to pet and play with at whim.
I’m a slow knitter with lofty Christmas knitting goals. The only way I stand a snowball’s chance in hell of getting everything done is if I start yesterday.
So I did. I ordered up some new yarn including a redonkulously expensive skein of quivit from Arctic Treasures in the Alaska Raspberry color way then set about searching for that perfect pattern.
I settled on the Heavenly Cowl by Leah Michelle Designs and cast on the minute the yarn arrived…
This spring, against better judgement, I cast on for a fingering weight MKAL sweater by Vera Sannon. Don’t get me wrong, I love her patterns, so I knew I would love the result. The fact that she guides you through your choice of pullover or cardi just makes this even better.
And there was the alpaca yarn… It was like knitting with kitten fur. Very fine kitten fur. As in what-the-hell-was-I-thinking, teensy-tinsy fingering weight kitten fur.
It’s a good damn thing I LOVE this yarn, or I would never have finished!
Pattern : Ready for Summer MKAL
Ravelry Link : here
Yarn : Juniper Moon Farm, Harriott Fine
Every once in a while, I just need something quick. I get bored with repetition.
When I saw the kit for he Hoxey Cowl from Interweave Knits, I jumped on the chance to play with the uber soft Plymouth Yarns Baby Alpaca Grande.
I highly recommend this pattern in this yarn for a quick, thoughtful gift or for a bit of purely selfish luxury. It will take longer to block this baby than it did to knit it. What’s not to love??