This week, I offer you another “finished it a while ago” project. I am wearing it right now, so I thought — hey, I haven’t show this to anyone yet! Better take care of it. In contrast to last week’s epic blanket, this cowl only took 5 days from CO to BO. Whee! Quick projects are awesome.
Project: Minotaur Obsession
Pattern: Minotaur Cowl
Designer: Rachel Henry
Available: FREE! on Ravelry
Yarn: CEY Obsession
I had exactly one ball of this interesting (but discontinued) yarn. It’s a bulky-weight cashmere, made up of 8 different skinny strands, each a different color. I was a pleasure to work with — I mean, cashmere, right? I made a tight-fitting mobius cowl using my own design. Minotaur starts with a foundation strip (knit flat in garter stitch) that is twisted and seamed to form the base of the mobius. From there stitches are picked up along the single mobius edge, and the remainder of the cowl is knit mobiusly.
This construction allowed me to get exactly the right fit, because the foundation strip is easy to measure as it is knit. It also allowed me to use up every last scrap of this extra-luxurious fiber, because I just kept knitting in pattern until it was all gone.
I have been “good” this week, working hard on my “neglected project KAL” target (a lap-size Yggdrasil, now about 95% done!) and a sample for one of my designs (to-be-published in the Fall/Winter 2012 collection from Classic Elite). I also finished up a pair of socks, and rewarded myself by knitting on my Flyllerd only when I had completed at least one repeat of both the blanket and the sample. Both of those projects are definitely “penance knitting” right now.
So, last night, I was feeling cast-on-itis coming on, and I headed it off by starting a project (stay with me here!) that would be quick to knit and use yarn I already had. I have a few odd balls of discontinued or otherwise unwanted cashmere (YUM!) that I bought on deep discount at Classic Elite. I assigned projects to most of the skeins a while back, so all I had to do was browse my queue and select one that I felt like working on. I chose Obsession, which is a bulky-weight yarn comprised of many (six?) skinny two-ply yarns held together. It’s pretty! I’m making a Minotaur Cowl with it. I love mobius cowls, and this pattern will allow me to keep knitting until the yarn is all gone, then bind-off sort of as an afterthought with the loops on the needles. (I think that will work, anyway.)
Can I just say, knitting with cashmere is DIVINE.