Sunday, 17 May 2015

KNIT: THE PALETTE CLEANSER


Squishy. Yummy. Like a warm hug.

I need one right now whilst sewing, and really any crafting, is out due to a nasty back injury. Oh the cruel irony that I spend my days "fixing" others backs and then mine goes.


I've also been dithering over a new knitting project since finishing my marathon Caramel. I needed a palette cleanser and I was convinced I wanted to do a chunky knit the likes of a Chunky Fudge Lace Cardigan to achieve a quick-off the-sticks project. Than I snapped myself out of it and realised that given I'm almost too toasty in my sportweight Caramel I was gonna be a sweaty mess in a chunky knit.


But I'd been fondling the chunky yarns at Lincraft during their recent yarn sale and really liked the Mondial Merino Special (12 ply, 60% merino wool, 40% acrylic).

I know that's gonna make all the purists out there shudder at the '"a" word, but pure wool was going to be stifling and I don't mind some acrylic in my accessories. And interestingly it had that strong signature wet wool smell on blocking and is delightfully soft.

So I decided on a delicious cowl - scarves are less my thing as I always feel I have to adjust them and deal with that strangled feeling.


This is the Lael Cowl by Wendy Neal (wound twice around the neck). It's a super easy make that is billed to look equally good on either side. Its chunkily textured fabric comes largely from the K1 below stitch. Although it's a ridiculously easy stitch, I've clearly messed up in some places where the fabric looks markedly different. Oops.

Front of fabric on left, back of fabric on right
Good thing about chunky cowls? Mistakes are generally easily disguised when wearing all bunched up.

And whilst I console myself that I have the perfectly fitting toile for my Schnittchen Mona Jacket and no capacity to cut or sew it, this cuddly little number is making it much easier.

Squish, squish...

16 comments:

  1. Very snuggly and comforting - sending speedy recovery wishes too x

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  2. I love love love the splash of colour! and the texture of that cowl- all chunky warmth :D. Sorry about your back, I hope you'll get well soon :-*

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  3. Oh love that's torturous! Can't heal thyself and can't sew! Nasty! Anyway it's a gorgeous colour on you, and looks very swish and I hope you feel better very very soon.

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  4. Thanks Nic. Seems to be slowly mending, and about time too!

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  5. It's so very red isn't it?? Maybe a bit garish, but it is lovely to have a splash of colour mixed in with the snuggly :)

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  6. I'm slowly going insane with not crafting! I've caught up on my reading though, so silver linings...

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  7. Haha! Thanks for both compliments, Kirsty :)

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  8. Hope you get better soon lovey.....how does the fixer get fixed? Anhoo.. I have just been out and got me some wool to make this up as well.. Your fault!

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  9. Sorry to hear about your back! I hope it gets better soon. The cowl is a gorgeous colour.

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  10. I absolutely love that colour. And you are so right about scarves - high maintenance. Cowls make much more sense! I hope your back heals soon and you can get back to your sewing machine xx

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  11. Nooo! It sucks your back is out. Curse you bodies! But such a gorgeous knit- gotta love a cowl!

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  12. The fixer gets fixed by going to a fixer colleague :) Totally love being an enabler and LOVE your yarn choice. Can't wait to see it! And should seriously only be a few hours ;)

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  13. Thanks Kat! It is a lovey vibrant splash in a grey winter

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  14. Scarves! So high maintenance. I actually took one off the other day as it was giving me the proverbials. Love the cowl!

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  15. Total sucksville. Cowls forever! Where is your Miette, huh, huh?

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  16. Oh no - a back injury! That's no good at all! Your cowl is gorgeous, such a beautiful colour on you. I haven't yet tried cowls - now you mention it, yes, scarves ARE high maintenance! Take care and hope your back is a lot better soon. Gabrielle xxx

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