Italian Knits

September 29th

Green Cowl

I am on a knitting mission — use the yarn I have to create thoughtful holiday gifts.* Yes, I realize we are months away from the holidays. But I am not quick with the knitting needles. I dally, ponder and spend a lot of time watching movies, drinking wine and ripping out rows gone awry as a result.

It’s this slow, plodding repetitive pace that I find comforting and meditative after commuting like a mad woman, racing through a business day and gulping one too many cups of caffeine.

Green Cowl

This skein of yarn came as a gift from Shelley when I visited this summer. It is Vero wool from Italy and was delightful to work with. I love the colorway and I take particular joy from creating something with just one skein. It seems so efficient and tidy. I didn’t follow a pattern but simply knit like I cook — but trying a little of this and a little of that until I figured out what I liked.

Green Cowl

(Spoiler!) I so enjoyed this project, I think Christmas 2010 may be year of the cowl.


*Use what I have. I must, I must use what I have. Enough shopping for art supplies. Time to go through what I already own!

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9 Responses

  1. love this cowl, love the idea of cowls in general. they are going to be my go-to project this holiday season as well – so much less bulky than a scarf with the same result, and using up one full skein on them feels like heaven!

    are you on Ravelry? you can find hundreds of great cowl patterns there – i must admit i’ve gone on a cowl-hunting tear!

  2. IrishJenn September 29, 2010

    Pretty! LOVE that colorway. And your design lets the colors take center stage.

    This will be the year of the cowl / neck-warmer for me too. I think I’ll knit ones that require buttons as some of my friends don’t like to pull cowls over their heads. My hair is so short that I don’t have to worry about messing up my ‘do!

    (I had to rip out a few rows last night after making some wine-induced errors. Glad to hear I’m not alone in that.)

  3. Yay for the year of the cowl! For me, I’m thinking it might be the year of the knitted baskets … can’t wait to have time to start!

  4. So Pretty!! Knitting is one of the things I can’t do. Strangely I know how to do a lot of other things haha. My one aunt tried to teach me to knit but I spent more time taking out than putting in 🙂

  5. I am trying like the dickens to use what I have. Every once in a while I get a really good stash attack going. And then I fall off the wagon. Hang in there.

  6. The colors are beautiful Kelli! Although I don’t knit, I am making a few cowls for the cooler weather. I’ve been fortunate to find several cashmere sweaters at the thrift, which will be transformed into cowls. And I’m with you on the using what I have mantra. There are only so many places to hide craft supplies!

  7. *Use what I have. I must, I must use what I have. Enough shopping for art supplies. Time to go through what I already own!

    If you repeat this over and over again like a mantra, you will succed, I’m sure……………

  8. I love the colors in the yarn. I’m trying to make most of my Christmas gifts from my stash. I have a hooded tunic vest for my niece on the needles and my sewing machine has been getting a workout. I’ve slowed down the past few weeks because I adopted a 4 month old puppy from the local animal rescue group and she keeps me BUSY! BTW, I’ve started reading your book and am enjoying the story!

  9. I love cowls, as you know, and they make the best mindless projects. Perfect for me and my wandering eye (and cocktail drinking). So pretty!