Ha, a little Stephen Sondheim/Judy Collins mischief!
It's been a cruel, cruel winter all over America, but down here in the sweet south, we are just not prepared for temperatures approaching zero. Tom and I managed to burn through two cords of firewood in our overly large fireplace. We also managed to wear everything in our sparse collection of sweaters and long pants. I was so glad to have had a drawer overflowing with socks. They were all put to good use. Up until this year, I really had no use for wool scarves or hats and I have only one hat to my name. This year, however I had the need for several neck warmers…PDQ.
So here we go, first in the lineup is a neat little knit that takes very little yarn and even less thought with smashing result. I had three tiny skeins of Laines du Nord Cashsilk bought at a Tuesday Morning. They were just too soft to pass up and were destined to be a scarf of sorts. I found the Darkside Cowl perfect for wear with my boiled wool coat and I loved the neat geometric pattern that ensued.
With yards of Cashmerino Aran left over from my Wisteria and not want to waste a yard, I was able to squeak out yet another cowl, the Asymmetric One-Button Scarf, done in moss stitch. I have quite the collection of vintage buttons to choose from, so I put this one back into service after decades in the button stash.
I have written about my obsession for knitting the Mobius Cowl by Cat Bhordi. this is my third cowl and I am proud to report that don't even have to watch the YouTube video to cast on any more. The yarn is Trendsetter Dune, a gift from a generous member of my Thursday morning knitting group. Thanks, Kate!
Last of the neck warmer lineup is the Milkweed Shawl, a Laura Chau design. Laura, or Cosmic Pluto, knits up a winter storm in Toronto at Lettuce Knit. Our intrepid Jody has had the pleasure of her knitting company while at her summer home. The yarn is also a Canadian standby, Koigu KPPPM, dyed by our honorary Knead to Knit member Rhichard. I was lucky to benefit from Jody's frequent trip to Koigu HQ and land a couple of skeins that reminded me of geraniums. Unfortunately, this scarf is destined to grace the neck of another friend who has reached the half century mark. I hope she will enjoy it as much as I would! So, now I have a small arsenal of warm weather gear for the decolletage, that is if this winter was a sign of things to come.