Hi all! It’s been an age, I know, but I am very much alive and (finally) well, by which I really mean “alive and knitting away,” because: priorities.
Denver was a blast. It was cold, I found The Fancy Tiger (the best ever LYS) and my mojo. Yup, it had taken off to Denver and it was hiding away among the yarn and though the knitting helped, being able to get along in a brand new city despite my mobility issues really did the trick. I was feeling amazing when…
I caught whatever was going around in Denver. Fortunately, it was on the last day – well sort of, I mistook the warning signs for travel exhaustion but nope, I was sick for real. Not to be out done, whatever virus is going around Oakland hit me as soon as it saw a chance, so that was another week gone and here I am, still not done entirely done with this cowl.
In Denver, I got reacquainted with being a monogamous knitter. After all that deliberation, sadly left the second project bag on the couch as I juggled coat, bag and crutches. So it was all Bev Cowl, all the time, much to my unexpected delight. I’ve missed knitting this way. While working several projects at once makes me hyper aware of the function of the stitches and how the patter works, I’ve lost a bit of the magic of creating something new. It’s like having to read more than three stories at once – it’s entirely possible and in the in-between consciousness between the stories is a great place for creation and insight, but it isn’t as fun. And by fun I mean, sillyly spontaneous (yes, that is now a word), for instance, this is the first time, I ended up playing yarn chicken. I was pretty sure I had enough yarn but I was seriously gambling with how much I took (enough) and how much of the yarn I had over all since this is a stash busting kind of project. The yarn is worsted but that’s about all that it has in common with the pattern’s instructions, so that was kind of a gamble too.
Above is the picture that inspired me to make this cowl.
Well, it made me want to rock a cowl like this and then the new birch DPNs were the perfect size, so I took that as a sign. I have to admit I was freaking out a bit when I got to the airport but customs didn’t even ask me to take them out of the project bag. I’m not sure if this is because I went through a separate security gate since I was in a wheelchair but everyone was pretty cool on the way over, which was awesome because I was seriously freaking out about flying injured and my knitting. People were super nice and combined with my knitting that calmed me down to enjoy the flight over.
Denver was all things fall. It was cool and crisp, rainy and I have never enjoyed knitting so much! We would go out around town and when the wifey needed to enjoy their bike share and other city planner type things, I got to hang out at a cafe and knit. I even got to knit a bit at Red Rock before it started to rain. It was lovely 😀
OMG Maggs, how are you still not finished with that cowl if that’s the only thing you took?
I can actually say that I am savoring this knit. Yeah, its challenging enough that I have to think about it and there have been mistakes but mostly I don’t want this project to end. It feels really that amazing. Which is a good thing since I am slightly tempted to start over. Why? Well, it isn’t as drappey as the picture above when I put it on and I’m thinking that I may have knit too tightly in addition to using a different kind of yarn… I don’t know.
Part of me thinks that steam blocking might be the answer. I don’t actually want to start over, but I do want to be able to use it like it is in the picture and maybe blocking will loosen thing up? What do y’all think?
If I do have to start again, I think I’ll contemplate buttons and a bit less of the rib for the top.