I must confess a slight sigh escapes my lips when I visit one of my favourite blogs, Purl Bee and I see yet another cowl. They love cowls in NYC it would appear. But it would also appear that I am just as guilty of the cowl mania as I knitted this one as a gift for a friend, hot on the heels of the Christmas cowl for my grandma. The arrows are from a free patter called Wind Walker, but I couldn’t make it the full size (at least two loops round the neck) as I had limited yarn and limited budget. Yarn is almost prohibitively expensive- I tallied up the cost of a blanket the other day, not even using particularly fancy yarn, and it was well over £100. You can quite easily buy yarn at £29 a skein. A skein! You even have to wind the ruddy stuff up into a ball, the lazy sods!
I bought two little balls of Erika Knight DK Blue Faced Leicester in the shade Pretty, a sort of old, dusty pink I thought would be perfect for a baby knit. I think that whole range of Erika Knight yarn is intended for the baby knitting market actually; the shades are very ‘baby’ without being twee and the balls are tiny, only 25g. I had some leftover Manos yarn, a merino/silk mix which was just gorgeous, and the two shades seem to look rather pleasing together. So I might have to re-visit the shop for more Erika Knight to appease all these babies I want to knit for! It was a total ‘wing it’ knit, with a picot edge and two repeats of the arrows.
When I tried it on, the wrong side was woefully apparent and so I kept on kitting the tube in the Manos gold until I had enough to fold this in on itself and seam it.
That wasn’t my original intention, so I hadn’t used a provisional cast on which I could have then grafted to the end, but I’m pretty pleased with the result, and hope my friend is too!