Last October, when I was home sick for four days (One of them being my birthday! It was sad.) I decided that I was going to knit some cowls for my co-workers for Christmas. I was feeling well enough to knit, but not much else, so Christmas gifts seemed like the perfect idea. It worked out pretty well, as I had two gifts crossed off my list by the time I made it back to work again.
The first one done used some yarn that I bought at Rhinebeck this year. I had been wanting an excuse to buy this yarn (Shepherd's Wool Worsted, from Stonehedge Fiber Mill), and I hadn't come up with a good one until I thought about gifty cowls. Whew, excuse found.
This is (another) Yellow Brick Road cowl, which I enjoy knitting and I think always comes out great. I used some vintage plastic buttons I got from my favorite vendor at the NJ Sheep & Fiber Festival.
Next up, not exactly a cowl.
It's more of a kercheif I think? It's a mini-shawl, with buttons on the end so that it can be worn around the neck, like this.
This is a Ginger Leaves Shawlette, knit in Malabrigo Sock, color lettuce. I hadn't knit lace like this in a while, and it was fun to revisit this kind of knitting.
Third, a Leafy Wreath Cowl.
This was knit up with some Koigu that I got as a gift from one of my students a few years ago. I hadn't done much with it because the colors weren't really my favorites, but they seemed to suit my idea of what my co-worker would like. The cowl is cast-on provisionally and knit from the middle out, and then you pick up your cast on stitches and knit it the other direction. A little fiddly, but also a fun effect.
And finally, here is An Accidental Cowl.
It's a simple feather and fan type pattern, knit out of Madelinetosh DK.
I think I'm at a point in my knitting where I need to make things for other people so our house doesn't explode from knitted things. It was fun to try and match pattern and color to what I thought my co-workers would like, and you can see I chose a range of colors and styles! All gifts were well received, and I've seen them worn, which is a great thing.
This concludes my blog posts about Christmas crafting. Are you tired yet? I kind of was, but now I'm off again on new projects. More of those to come.