First FO of the year: Altocumulus

The new year is upon us and so far it’s looking pretty good. Except for this massive, brain-splitting head-ache I had yesterday morning. I’d like to erase that one morning from the new year.. but other than that, life’s pretty good. I’ve been working on some awesome things and I’ve managed to clean my house a bit. I’ve also managed to FINALLY find my airbrush, so I guess that’s a good thing. But first I’d like to show you this:

It’s a very simple pattern, but it’s exactly what I was looking for. A fluffy little cowl. I love shawls, but for the warmer days I’m more of a cowl person. Shawls can get a little too warm, while all I’m looking for is something to keep my neck covered a bit.

Cowls are awesome for our Dutch weather. They’re not too snug so you can still move your head while on your bike, but they’re flexible enough to pull up when the wind is blowing in your ears.

The yarn is Katia HechizoΒ and it’s really soft. It’s alpaca, fine merino, and a bit of acrylic mixed with glitter. The cowl is knit in brioche stitch and is reversible, so you have a cowl in two colors instead of one.

Even though it’s a very simple pattern, I still intend to write a pattern (free of course) for it, because I still remember how I was intimidated to knit brioche stitch when I first started out. Somewhere in the near future you’ll be able to find it on my rav page πŸ™‚

But don’t worry, I’ll be sure to let you know on the blog πŸ™‚

Swatching for Erasmus
In the mean time I’ve been making a swatch of another project of mine: Erasmus. The yarn is Drops Lima and I’m already totally in love with it. I remember mentioning something about Erasmus not being a pattern or never going to be a pattern, but I’ve changed my mind. I’m usually the kind of person who gets excited about something and plans to never take a certain item off, and then after a very short while realizes that it’s simply not working. So at that point I’d still hold on to the hope that ‘some day’ I’ll wear it, but in reality I never do.

This is not what happened to Erasmus. I’ve been wearing it non-stop. Every time I’m working on the computer or knitting, or playing Skyrim for that matter. I’m wearing Erasmus.

So I felt that such a loved item deserves a more loving treatment. I can’t be the only one with an attachment to the city or anything Rotterdam-related. So I’m working on a pattern (of course also free) in Drops Lima. (but obviously you can substitute the yarn). So that’s in the pipeline as well πŸ™‚ yay

A less than lucky item was this one. My poor hew. It is my Rav project with the most <3’s but I’ve actually never really been able to wear it. Let me say this first: it has nothing to do with the pattern but with the way I knit it. It’s too wide on the back, and the sleeves are too tight. Other than that, it was really nice. I couldn’t wear it because it’d always sag of my shoulders, and if theres just one thing I absolutely can’t stand: it’s saggy clothes.

adding some twist
The yarn has now been reclaimed. I finished this project (spinning and knitting) in 2010, and it’s taken me three years to will myself to send it to the frog pond. It’s been very hard, but in the end I felt that if I wasn’t going to wear it, I might as well reclaim the yarn and use it for something that I would actually wear.

So I reclaimed the yarn and added some twist on my Golding Tsunami. It was my first real 3-ply (even if one of the plies was Drops glitter thread), and it was slightly under spun. I’m not sure of what I’m going to do with it just yet, I think I’ll wait for the yarn to whisper it to me πŸ™‚

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