Monday, February 23, 2015

Friend Knitting

Thank you all for your understanding this past week. I'm back to my regular blogging schedule, and I have a bunch of stuff waiting to share with you (including a new pattern on Wednesday, and my blogiversary in five days!).

One of my intentions for this year was to knit more for other people. I've always been a selfish knitter, but I've finally reached a point where if I continue to knit only for myself, I'll never be able to enjoy most of the things that I make. Along with that, there are a lot of patterns I'm drawn to, but won't wear myself, and I feel a lot better  about knitting them if I know someone will use and enjoy them. Both of these projects were knit while I was at my knitting retreat a few weeks ago, for two of my best friends from college.


Up first is the Lowbrow Cowl. I liked this pattern the moment I saw it, and then when I found this yarn in the exact perfect colors for my friend Caitlin, I knew it was meant to be. This took two marathon days of knitting-I got through one skein each day, and it was intense. It's absolutely gorgeous, and so soft, and I'm almost sad to see it go. But it has a fantastic home waiting for it, and I couldn't be more pleased about that.


Ravelry Page: Lowbrow
Pattern: Lowbrow Cowl, by Thao Nguyen
Yarn: Misti Alpaca Tonos Worsted, "Tealing Blue"

Up next we have the Cosmopolitan Hat. I've had this skein in my stash for years, and when I came across it during my regular stash tossing last month I knew it was time to finally knit it up. My friend Marin likes red and slouchy hats, so off I went on a pattern hunt. I did modify this a little bit-I took out one ribbing repeat between each cable section, and I modified the brim so that I didn't increase my stitch count when I changed needles. I'm really pleased with how it came out, and I think she's going to love it.


Ravelry Page: Cosmopolitan Hat
Pattern: Cosmopolitan Hat, but Glenna C
Yarn: Misti Alpaca Chunky, "215 Red"

6 comments:

  1. Both projects are gorgeous. Lucky, lucky friends.

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    1. Thank you! I consider myself very lucky to have them :)

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  2. Already sticking to your new years goals, very impressive! Those are beautiful knits, your friends must be so happy with you now. Especially the blue cowl is drool-worthy.

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    1. Thanks! I love the blue one-it was so delightful to knit, if I ever recover from the marathon of knitting the first one I would be sorely tempted to make another.

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  3. i so agree......knit worthy friends are the best!!!!! Love both these projects.....especially that cowl (maybe because it's still so darn frigging cold outside!!!!)

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    1. Thanks! I really love the cowl-it's so snuggley :)

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