Y’all, it’s cold outside. While “cold” in Oklahoma is a relative term, it’s still chilly enough to drive me indoors, to steaming mugs of tea and soft blankets and thick quilts. I want to snuggle down into a little cocoon and not emerge until April.
Of course, that’s not really an option. So I’ve been spending my time doing cozy things like baking and starting a new quilt and knitting.
A week or so ago, I decided I needed a cowl (probably after seeing Jen’s awesome one), so I set out looking for a project. I found this one at sixoneseven and it met my requirements: no complicated stitches and using yarn/needles I already owned. Well, almost: her pattern calls for US13, but I used US11 instead because it’s what I had and I figured it’d be close enough – it’s a cowl, not a fitted garment, you know? And I had a 3/4-finished scarf in my closet that I frogged to obtain the yarn – I just don’t wear scarves, so it was time to give that project up.
It was a quick knit and I finished it over the course of two days, just knitting when watching TV in the evenings. I blocked it perhaps a bit larger than the pattern intended, but I like it that way – I don’t love things touching my face and it was close to doing so before the blocking.
And then I had to take a picture of it – here’s the awkwardness. My camera is a very basic point-and-shoot and I had to build a mighty tower o’ stuff to perch it on for the self-portrait. So, pardon the blurriness and the awesomely uncomfortable look on my face and just admire the sweet cowl:
If you’re a novice knitter like I am, I’d really recommend this pattern. I didn’t say a single curse word while making this, and that is my benchmark for an easy project!
Tell me: when the weather gets cold, what sort of creative pursuits are you drawn to?