i finished my honey cowl and boy is it cozy!
i am a self-professed scarf addict – i have lots of them, both store-bought and handmade, and never feel like i have too many because i wear one basically every day. it did seem natural then for my first knitting class project to be a scarf…or cowl to be specific. FOR MYSELF.
and hey – my coat still (barely) buttons…or it did last week when these photos were taken. probably wouldn’t this week…
it was an easy project to knit but took longer than expected for a few reasons – one being i’m very slow (a look at my teacher’s speedy fingers and that was totally obvious), but also because this yarn/needle combo was more delicate than i’d used before, and i guess when you slip stitches it takes longer for the work to build up too. so this took me two and a half weeks of a lot of knitting time (road trip, relaxing weekend over Thanksgiving, multiple movies, etc.) but it seems that might actually be kinda fast by knitting standards? i feel like the time spent really needs to be emphasized though – this did not just come together in a weekend!
and that makes it even more special.
knitting is funny too – because i can do it in public, it opens me up to more interested glances and sweet comments from strangers, especially from older ladies, especially at the hospital lab where i had to sit and wait through the pregnant lady torture that is the 3 hour glucose tolerance test for gestational diabetes (i flunked the 1 hr test but all was fine with the 3 hr, no worries!). i even had a dad ask about it while i knitted at Em’s ballet class!
another funny thing with knitting versus sewing where i’m really fine with people knowing it’s handmade. i’m not sure what that is, but when i sew i kinda want those creations to “pass as store-bought” even if that store is a boutique or something, whereas when i knit i love if people see that i made it, that it didn’t come from a random store. it got noticed with a “did you knit that?” at a hipster craft bazaar i went to, which totally made my day. mistakes and all, i’m proud of this little cowl!
so yep, it’s warm, seems to go with everything, and i’m happy it’s off my needles and around my neck!
i’ve got a simple hat for Em going now which is knitting up much more quickly, and will be my first time using “real yarn” rather than cheap stuff – it’s from Close Knit, the cute little yarn shop where I took my class (AHEM it’s next door to Bolt) and i’m very excited about how it’s turning out. i’ve had to go into more of a sewing production mode lately as Christmas crunch time approaches, though, so we’ll see how much time i can grab for it.
are you frantically sewing/knitting for Christmas? nothing is truly “last minute” until Christmas Eve, that’s my motto.