Do You?

It is the Tuesday before American Thanksgiving. If you are lucky you will be hanging out with loved ones for at least two days stuffing your belly full of delicious food and enjoying some down time. If you are anything like me you must already be counting all the potential crafting hours. I have two projects in my overnight bag ready to go. Yes two. I might get bored with one or maybe even finish something.  Who knows? (haha)

So the question is…Do you have your Thanksgiving knitting together? Will you be selfish knitting or getting a head start on all of those DIY holiday gifts you have planned? If you need a suggestion, I highly recommend my Snuggly Loops Cowl  (free pattern through Knotions Online Magazine). It is quick, the color options are endless, and if you live in a cold climate it is perfect thing to keep you warm. Snuggly Loops makes for a satisfying knit for yourself or that someone special.

Until Next Time,

-Whit-

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South American Goodies

Last week, someone gifted me two 100 g skeins of this:

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This yarn is Reginella Rueca made in Chile. It is a 100% wool that is super soft and quite fluffy. The yarn does has varying thickness throughout the skein (see below). Normally, I would not buy yarn like this on my own. I like my finished project’s tension to look very even throughout the garment. Never the less, the yarn was free and a quick Ravelry search (granted it was one vote) gave it 5 stars. IMG_7301[1]

I pulled out my size US 19 needles (aka the biggest ones that I have) and cast on 16 stitches. I intended on making a cowl as I had only 200 g of yarn to work with. I didn’t want to use just basic stockinette so I racked my brain for a simple and slightly textured pattern. I immediately thought of the broken rib stitch used in the Graham beanie and got to work.

Man using big needles and bulky yarn was a challenge of fine motor skills. Throughout this project I felt very clumsy. It was like I was just learning to knit haha. The needle size was also a huge contrast from the needle to yarn ratio I have been using lately (think US Size 2 needles and fingering weight yarn). By the half way point, I had gotten the hang of it and the rest of the project went a bit more smoothly.

The cowl came out nice. It is thick and cozy with a pop of color. I don’t think I will be wearing it as it is too warm here (think low 60’s). However, it will go into my gifting bin with the hope it will eventually find a nice home.

So would I use this yarn again? Probably not. I am not a bulky yarn fan and the finished look is too wobbly for me. Despite this, It was a fun knitting adventure 🙂