Fun Knitting!

Posted on | March 24, 2009 | 9 Comments

A couple of weeks ago, the Spiders made the trek out to Marie’s Bay Ridge apartment for an afternoon of eating, knitting, and hoola hooping (in Marie’s spacious craft/yarn room). Last year, at the same gathering, the Spiders exchanged single socks, which I wanted to be a part of, but I didn’t have the time to commit to knitting a sock in fingering weight yarn. This year, during a Spider knit night at Jacques Torres in Soho, someone (I forget who now), suggested a cowl swap. Now, a cowl, I can do. And I’ve been wanting a cowl for some time now too since seeing so many lovely iterations of the accessory on Ravelry and blogs.

So I knitted a cowl for the lovely Lisa, a fellow fan of green. She expressed a preference for a couple of yarns and I jumped at the chance to try the Malabrigo Merino silk. I used the Herringbone Cowl pattern and voila, my first cowl (Lisa’s photo, I didn’t have my camera with me):

My cowl was knit by our newest member, Erin aka Mintyfresh. Funnily enough, I’ve been lusting after her gorgeous Tapestery Cowl for a while now (queued it as soon as it debuted). And I put down the Tapestry Cowl on my wish list, knowing that whoever my cowl knitter would turn out to be, she’d probably not want to knit a double knit cowl in fingering weight yarn. My instinct was right, Erin, understandably so, was not up for knitting another Tapestry Cowl. But by being randomly assigned to her, I couldn’t have been closer to getting that desire granted. ;)

Instead, Erin knit me a gorgeous deep red, textured cowl of her own design (I understand she’ll be releasing the pattern at some point) closed by a silver button! I love it!

Next time: I hope to have a tutorial on how to decrease in pattern for the Silk Cocoon Cardigan.


9 Responses to “Fun Knitting!”

  1. Chantal B
    March 24th, 2009 @ 1:35 pm

    I really like the collar. I’m a french speaker, can you tell me what means: fingering weight yarn?

  2. KNITTING from the HART
    March 24th, 2009 @ 2:50 pm

    OK, that looks like a lot of Fun…I have been wanting to try the Herringbone Stitch and the cowl is perfect for it.

  3. Team Knit !
    March 24th, 2009 @ 6:49 pm

    that green cowl is gorgeous!! I love that you all made cowls, what a great idea.

    - Julie

  4. An Abundance of Lisa
    March 25th, 2009 @ 7:48 pm

    I LOVE my Herringbone Cowl! It’s perfect! I’ve gotten so many compliments too. Thank you!

  5. Sigrun
    March 25th, 2009 @ 11:47 pm

    I love the idea of a knitting group. In my rural area, I would have to travel about 200 sq. miles to find that many people, never mind knitters. O well, there’s a lot of comfort in just knitting, and following knitting blogs–or knitting groups vicariously.

  6. Jane
    March 27th, 2009 @ 11:35 am

    What a fun activity. I enjoy spending time with knitting friends too. Must check out that double knitting.

  7. gleek
    March 31st, 2009 @ 5:00 pm

    you knit such a beautiful cowl and got a great one in return!

  8. Craptina
    April 3rd, 2009 @ 10:01 am

    That was such a fun swap! Lisa really loved your cowl, you did such a great job :)

  9. Julia (MindofWinter)
    April 7th, 2009 @ 11:13 am

    This is an awesome idea! I think our little circle will have to steal it!

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