I had every intention of starting that wacky sock pattern last weekend. But then I had a spot of car trouble. (In a 27 year-old car with 203,000 miles on the clock? I’m as shocked as you are.) By the time I finally made it home, I was too rattled to learn how to work intarsia in the round.
This is a skein of that hand-dyed yarn that I overdyed a while back. It’s now various shades of brown. (I forget what colors it was to start with.) It’s a very light fingering weight, so rather than leverage the entire next month knitting this cowl, I’m using two strands held together.
I’m not entirely enamored of the result. But it’s getting this yarn out of my stash, it’s going quickly at this gauge, and it’s a machine-washable cowl which is always nice.
(Incidentally, I won’t say “the car was fine,” because that’s not quite true. The AC pump, which had been defunct for at least a decade, finally seized up and spewed fluid all over the engine bay and the belt that powers it started screeching like mad, while acrid smoke poured out of the engine bay. It was very dramatic.
Luckily the fix turned out to be as easy as it was free: the mechanic used a knife to cut off the belt to the seized AC pump and sent me on my way. )
I just checked my Ravelry Projects page. This is only the third Honey Cowl I have made so far this year. That doesn’t sound too bad. I thought I had made more. (Of course, I’m working on a fourth, but still.)
Honey Cowl, how do I love thee? Let me itemize the ways in an unordered list:
It does great things to yarn that is subtly variegated, like this one. The pattern breaks up all the different tones in amazing ways. You could make it in a solid yarn (but it would look a little boring) or a yarn with more different colors (but it might be a little too wacky).
The smaller size is a great way to use a single skein of yarn. (Don’t know about you, but I have plenty of those.)
The fabric is dense and smooshy and stands up just enough to keep you warm, but not so much that it’s annoying.
After you have worked it for a while, your fingers will learn how to make the pattern all on their own. After that point, the only thing you have to do is glance down periodically to make sure you’re on track. This makes it excellent TV knitting.
It’s a free pattern! I don’t mind paying for a pattern, but you gotta love free.
This is something I have been wanting to capture for quite a while.
When Cinnamon wants to hop up on the desk (via my lap) first she face-marks the cupboard beside me. Then she makes the tiniest of chirps. In case you missed it, the chirp happens after she rubs her face on the cupboard six times, and just before she hops up.
It is one of only two situations in which she ever makes noise. (The second is if she is clinging to me limpet-like, and I try to remove her from my person in order to do some dumb people thing like “type” or “drink coffee.” She makes a small beep of protest.)
Please politely overlook the state of the cabin floor. It’s not really cleanable in the traditional sense. Also I don’t give a ****.
Speaking of cats, in previewing this post I noticed that one of the photos in my Instagram widget on the left looks a little bit horrible when displayed out of context. I hasten to assure you, it’s not a dead tuxedo cat playing Laura Palmer. When you click through, the caption is “By tenting my bike in plastic I basically made a solarium for Neighbor Cat.”
I took a really cute cat video today and gushed about it on Twitter. Then I decided to hold it over until Caturday. I feel a little bad about all the gushing already. It seems like it’s better to keep the cat stuff contained to Caturday posts.
(That’s not counting my Twitter and Instagram accounts, which are pretty much nonstop kitty. Deal with it.)
I’m almost done spinning up the first half of this fiber. I find the ball of singles to be a pleasing object in and of itself. It’s pretty, and it has a nice heft, and it bounces surprisingly well.