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January 15, 2010
Ivy Vines and Pomegranate Yarn

This is the softest cowl on the face of the earth!

Ivy Vines

Pattern: Ivy Vines by Anne Hanson.
Yarn: 25 grams (1/2 skein - 120 yards) Colorado 100% Cashmere 3 ply fingering from Jabberwocky Farm. (natural light tan)
Needles: cuff 3.25mm - neck 2.75 mm - 16" circular
Size: Followed larger size directions, but used smaller needles and thinner yarn - Worked 4 repeats of body chart before garter edge. Mine ended up 19.5" around bottom edge - 16" around neck - 6.75" tall.

Other than these changes for gauge, I followed the excellent directions as written.

Ivy Vines

It was when I saw Kim's Ivy Vines, that I knew I had to make this cowl - It is everything I hoped for - my neck is hugged in warm, downy soft, luxurious lace. I took these photos by holding my arms out - therefore have a short neck, so it actually looks better in real life. I didn't get one with my whole head in the picture, so cut it all off instead - this is what they all looked like :-)

Ivy Vines

For the first time in many years, I have no socks on my needles - it feels a little weird and I miss having something simple to work on for take-along - so.....

FatCatKnits Pomegranate

From this beautiful FatCatKnits Fiber (60% sw merino, 30% bamboo, 10% nylon) in Pomegranate Colorway - I spun these 3 bobbins of singles.

FatCatKnits Pomegranate

Then plied (regular 3 ply) 430 yards (102 grams) of fingering wt. yarn for socks - the yarn is so light and soft and has quite a sheen from the bamboo. It is probably a bit underspun for socks, but I'm hoping the bamboo/nylon will help out in making them durable anyway.

FatCatKnits Pomegranate

FatCatKnits Pomegranate

There was a bit of leftover singles, so I used the opportunity to practice navajo plying - this is my teeny 25 yard skein of n-ply.

FatCatKnits Pomegranate

Next up....I actually finished a sweater - only took a YEAR :-)

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