Sunday, April 17, 2011

Time was on my side



It's been a rollercoaster around here the past few months - I worked fulltime for a while - had my gallbladder removed - the house went to auction - we thought we'd sold it and were excitedly planning on doing something completely different - but then it fell through so we were plunged back into this holding pattern - our car blew up (a 2004 bmw shouldn't have to have a completely new engine but it did) - and I had fiftyfifty club parcels to pack and mail - and then suddenly it was all over and school holidays were upon us.

It was all quite exciting for a while, but now has gone back to a nice chilled autumn school holiday break.

I have made a great deal of progress on the Irish Coffee - it seems to be morphing somewhat into a winter cape instead of a fitted tunic - but I hate posting wip pictures.

Instead, let me show you a finished item - Sugar and Cream Cowl by the lovely Never Not Knitting.

I knit this in a new to me yarn, the most divine Debbie Bliss Andes. I know, a single - pilly. I know, alpace, sheddy. I know, silk - smelly. But I don't care, the softness of this is indescribable. I am never taking it off.



Pattern
Sugar and Cream Cowl by Alana Dakos at Never Not Knitting - rav download

Yarn
Andes by Debbie Bliss - 2.1 skeins in silver.

Oh my god this yarn.


Needles

3.25mm circular and a cable needle


Modifications


I cast on 2 less repeats than the pattern called for because I wanted it to be less slouchy and closer to the neck. Everything else, same same.

I was disappointed I had to dip into the 3rd skein at the final ribbing, I should have cast on the right number of stitches I think it would have been an even three skeins then.

Maybe some mitts with the rest.


10 comments:

missfee said...

hope you are feeling better - and that cowl is divine!!!

2paw said...

Well, you are living in interesting times. Hope you are feeling well, and I love the grey with the gold blouse.

Rose Red said...

Well that is a gorgeous cowl. Shame about the house stuff, hope it all works out. And in the meantime, rest, get well and play with the pretty yarn.

drkknits said...

all that excitement means that calmer times are just around the corner. im so glad you came through the op ok and are looking so well. and that you got some serious knitting time, with most divine smooshy results! gorgeous.

Sadie said...

i can't stop thinking about Rod Stewart, with that post title, lol! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSWp6c86Edg&feature=related

lovely cowl, hope everything works out elsewhere in your life, lady :)

kgirl xx

1funkyknitwit said...

Glad your back and well ! ~ shame about the house :(

On the upside smooshy cowl :D

LynS said...

I just love the grey and gold together - unexpectedly, I think I'm a bit obsessed with bright yellow just now. Aren't Alana Dakos's designs good? They have a youthfulness and light-heartedness I really like.

Hope to see you soon.

Ann said...

Gorgeous - love the pattern & the color !

Bells said...

silk is smelly? Really? (genuine question - no sense of smell here!)

The cowl is gorgeous. Stunning job!

Baa-Me Kniits said...

I can see why you wouldn't want to take that off....divine.
Hope your op was the break you wanted and shame about the house and car, you know what they say tho... Everything happens for a reason? :-)