My mum liked her cowl. I only just managed to get it dry in time after blocking by sitting it over the vent on the dehumidifier and blasting it!
I love the built in slouch of this cowl. Here is the link for it on Ravelry. Even with the hopeless yardage of Tahki Rio (only 87y at $15 a skein!) I only used 2 skeins. The finished product is wonderfully soft and it’s wide/high enough that it will actually keep your neck warm and not just flop uselessly while letting in chilly winds.
However much I like the pattern and the yarn separately though, I think I made a poor choice in matching them together. The thick and thin of the yarn didn’t work particularly well with such large cables and I was left with some quite large gaps. And my grafting looked awful. Normally I can get kitchener stitch to look absolutely seamless, but not this time. See?
Blocking helped even things out slightly though and I am happy enough with how it looks when it’s worn.
I have also been working on a tiny engagement gift for some friends. I got the idea for the words from Pinterest and made them these little hearts.
I thought they might be a nice addition to their Christmas tree once they are married. My ex-stepmother (for want of a better title) gave my husband and I some ceramic hearts as gift tags on our wedding present, she wrote our names and the date of our wedding on the back and I have hung them on our tree each year since. It’s a nice tradition for me each time Christmas rolls around.
Lastly, the millstone. I am still knitting away at this cardigan but progress is frustratingly slow. The back and right front are finished and I should be onto the sleeves soon.
Worryingly though they have discontinued this yarn! So now I have no back up if I run out! Once I have finished the left front I am going to start on a hat for my BIL using this…from stash (good).
Right. Gift tally.
Mum’s cowl cost about $30 in wool and probably took about 7 hours to make. The little hearts took about 3 hours to make but only cost me, well, hardly anything. I’ll estimate .50c.
Lastly, I will be at the Devonport Craft Fair again this Sunday. Please come by and have a look at my hand spun yarn and embroidery if you are in the area, hopefully it will be a busy, fun day!