The California Cowl is completed. It’s full steam ahead with the holiday gifts. Here are a few pictures of the finished cowl. I put it on so you could see the drap and then I quickly took it off and hermetically sealed it in a ziplock bag for safekeeping.
I’m happy with it. I don’t think it will benefit from the addition of a decorative button; as suggested in the pattern. I think it would interfere with the drap and lock my niece into wearing it in one fashion. Without the button she can twist, roll and “sculpt” the piece to suit her style. A little bling is always nice so as an alternative to the button; if a see a nice pin that might complete the cowl I’ll add that to the gift. A pin could be worn on the cowl and removed to wear with other outfits.
As I wrapped up the cowl, I started the gift for her sister; my other niece. Her name is Sue. I’m calling this project Jambières avec une attitude – Legwarmers with attitude.
Sue is a ballet dancer and teacher. She is a stylish fashionista in the dance studio and on the street; so I think she will like the statement making self-striping colorway of the yarn I’m using. It is called Amazing (a rather persumptous name; I think) and it is by Lion Brand. The color is called Mesa. I think that’s a nice coincidence since she also lives in the desert. Also, keeping to my word, the yarn was requisitioned from my existing yarn stash.
This is my first time working with double-pointed needles. I figure, if Sue can work en pointe all day, I can work on double-pointed needles for one project. I’m using 5 needles. It’s been fairly easy; once I got it through my head that I really am only actively working with 2 needles at a time. The rest are just hanging out as and assist; holding the stitches.
The pattern is very basic. The yarn color gives pizzaz to the project. The pattern is from Sally Melville’s Experience Book 1: The Knit Stitch. The book is in my personal library because all the projects can be managed by a beginner. Also, what makes the book especially nice is that the simple patterns yeld simple garments that look sleek, sophisticated and wearable.
I hope she likes them.
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