good morning to a new week
and an update on two finished Fall projects!
here is the story of two cowls, made of yarn I found on our travels along the East Coast of Canada
to tell you more about the left one in red tones, let me take you to Victoria, on Prince Edward Island
a cute little town at sea, quite touristic with a few lovely shops
one of them being Ewe & Dye Weaving, owned by darling Christine
she happened to have just finished spinning this cheerful yarn, and I couldn't resist
wool from her own sheep; washed, dyed and spun by hand - isn't that the perfect thing?
Christine is into weaving, among other things she makes the most beautiful tea towels and poncho's
she also told me about how rug weaving is an old technique, practiced on the East Coast for a long time
if you're interested, check out Deanne Fitzpatrick's website with online courses and free videos
and Doris Eaton's book about artful rug hooking
well, from rugs back to the knitting a cowl - I loved making this comfy red-pink one
it took me 3 restarts before I go the right amount of stitches and size of needles
because I wanted this one skein to become one cowl with the right measurements
I ended up using needle size 7 mm, cast on 16 stitches and knitted the Dutch 'patentsteek'
in Dutch, there is a YouTube tutorial here that worked well for me
also, as I was browsing online...
I found you can do this stitch with two colors and this Dutch YouTube tutorial seems great and clear to me
in English, I think it is called the brioche stitch - even though it is done differently, the result looks the same
this silent tutorial is very clear to me
the depth of the 'patentsteek' doesn't show too well in the pictures, that's why I added the picture top right
to show how it looks when you open up the stitches
if you'd like the depth of the stitch to show more, you can choose to knit this cowl in the round
the stitches will be stretched width-wise when you wear it, and show off the structure
as I am typing, I am thinking that will look great with a two colored version as mentioned above...
well, the purple cowl according to this pattern is crocheted with a soft yarn I found in The Loop in Halifax
the yarn is a mix of mostly cashmere, merino and silk - I can't think of a more luxurious combination
now with this project, I didn't enjoy the making at.all. I decided I am not made to work with light weight yarn
I absolutely love wearing it though, now that it is finished!
needless to say, I am very happy with me two new cowls
and hope I did not pick up on the cowl fever to make several more...
wishing you a lovely week