A few weeks ago I gave my cousin Judith and two of the aunts a little cashmere/merino neckwarmer each- one of those little short scarves that crosses over in the front and buttons.
Apparently I have started something, because Jude has picked up the sticks again and in the few spare moments when she's not frantically doing uni assignments or studying, she has been trawling through Ravelry looking at endless patterns for fingerless gloves, berets and above all cowls, and consulting by phone, email or Facebook as needed.
... all of which got me thinking that a few cowls wouldn't go astray up here either, especially with hair as short as mine currently is
so this lovely aran [ worsted ] weight merino from BWM had a quick trip through Dorothy the Dinosaur in a nice warm bath of Kelp and Tarragon dyes from Landscape
and came out looking like this
and I have to say I'm rather liking this new yarn from Bendigo Woollen Mills . I don't really buy Luxury as a name for a good workhorse superwash merino no matter how soft it is [ Luxury to me speaks of superfine cashmere or silk ] but it really is quite soft, and so far it's not scratchy against the skin... and it's a very reasonable price too. So A++++ in my book.
Anyway ... cowls ... I have plenty of lovely cowl patterns that are in my to-do queue but I opted instead for just improvising with a lace pattern that appears in most stitch dictionaries. The Harmony Guide calls it Fishtail Lace
and as this one's not quite finished here's one I prepared on the weekend:
This is some 8ply [ sport ] that was in one of the stashes I've inherited in the last year. Moggy's Mum's maybe? Do you recognise it Jane ? - 't'was called Pronto and there were 6 x 25 gram balls of it. I used 3 and a smidge of the 4th. Obviously it's a finer yarn than the Aran Luxury so more stitches and repeats, and the grey one has a larger diameter for a more drapey cowl [ photo carefully cropped so that you can't see the remains of the black eye from 2 weeks ago and the aged, crepey jowls that, according to the aforementioned cousin Judith, are a family trait]
while the green one should stay nice and snug around my ears ... but apart from that small matter of gauge, weight and diameter they're the same.
A free 'pattern' could be forthcoming if some of you would like it
and that 'outside' I referred to in the title ? - Monday night was zero, last night was minus 1 and tonight should be 1 degree [ 3 .5 at the moment ]