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September 12, 2013
Rhubarb Cowl

handspun cowl

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.

15.5 micron merino

Spun 119 grams into a 275 yards of thick luscious worsted weight 3 ply yarn.

handspun merino

and knit into this beautiful cowl that I KNOW I will wear all winter long - such incredible softness!

handspun cowl

Pattern: A Cowl for Jeanne by Rosemary Hill
Yarn: 110 grams (254 yards) of Handspun 15.5 micron merino in Rhubarb colorway - dyed by Julie Spins
Needles: US 8 Circular
Size: 10" tall X 23" circumference
Mods: - did 6 pattern repeats to use up all my yarn and make it a little taller so I could pull it up for a hood.

The inside is just as pretty as the outside - a truly reversible cowl!

handspun cowl
handspun 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...

handspun cowl

Much easier taking pictures on sunflowers than on myself - I'm lucky that I actually got the cowl in the self pictures!

Handspun Cowl

If you have comments or questions or want to contact me for any reason, just email or contact me on Ravelry. Thanks :)


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