September 12, 2013
I have amassed an abundance of fiber since I started spinning 3 years ago and I'm always looking for ways to spin down the stash! I usually spin my club fibers right away, but I have lots of beautiful miscellaneous fiber that just sits there and gets lost deeper and deeper under the pile. SOOOO I decided to join 7 small Shawls Year 4: Friends and spin fiber for each one that I knit. I like small shawls (as opposed to BIG ones) and Rosemary Hill - Romi is an amazing designer - I knit her Erato from handspun last year (part of the 2012 7 small shawls) buying just the single pattern and it is one of my favorites! There is a great and very active Ravelry Group so each shawl has it's own KAL - so much fun to see different versions of the same pattern and have companionship while you knit :)
She is now designing/knitting the 1st of this years 7 shawls, but released a nice cowl pattern to hold everyone over - A Cowl for Jeanne.
I started with this amazing 15.5 micron merino - by far the softest fiber I have spun - feels even softer than cashmere to my fingers and MUCH easier to spin - dyed by Julie Spins in Rhubarb colorway.
Spun 119 grams into a 275 yards of thick luscious worsted weight 3 ply yarn.
and knit into this beautiful cowl that I KNOW I will wear all winter long - such incredible softness!
Pattern: A Cowl for Jeanne by Rosemary Hill
The inside is just as pretty as the outside - a truly reversible cowl!
It's too warm to model it with my brown winter coat, but I know it will be a fabulous combination. This is how I imagine I'll be wearing it a lot...
Much easier taking pictures on sunflowers than on myself - I'm lucky that I actually got the cowl in the self pictures!