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17 November 2011

Cavalcade of cowls

Can there be a cavalcade of two?  ; )

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  • Project: Freestyle Cabled Cowl, my own freeform willy-nilliness, starting off with tweaking the basic framework of Caera and ending with a Woven Cowl mash-up
  • Yarn: Plymouth Galway, worsted weight, 210 yards, Make.Do.Dyed turquoise-tinged gray 
  • Needle: US 8
  • Buttons from Iris Fine Yarns
  • Start to Finish: November 2 to November 15, 2011

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This turned out way better than I expected. First, and surprisingly, I love the color. This is the skein of yarn I threw in to completely exhaust the aqua dye pot a couple of week ago; the color was sort of MEH, so I added some gray and LOVE!

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Inspired by Fiona Ellis and the swatch I knit five years ago in her "Morphing Cables" class, I had no plan.

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To me, this is the perfect type of project for experimenting with freestyling -- any part that ended up looking hideous could be somewhat hidden by the folds and draping when a cowl is actually worn.

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I didn't go super-duper crazy... I combined some very traditional cabling techniques and patterns with travelling stitches and crazy-ass twists and turns.

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It's a lot crazier on one side than it is on the other. And there are some parts that I definitely like better than some other.

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There are even some areas where I worked straight. Every time I came to those plain stockinette columns I'd think of my sister Sharon and hear her say, "The eye needs a place to rest."

Overall, I give it a great big SQUEE!



I love it too! What fun to play with cables like that

Very cool and it looks like you had a load of fun in the knitting! The color is excellent.

I think it's pretty neat. Good for you for just winging it!

Love it!

so fun! i want to poke those squishy cables.

Ditto on the SQUEE! Love it!

What a fun cowl! Very cool, Vicki.

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