Snow Cowl

Snow Cowl

Bulky yarns are truly in this season. Every catalouge or store I've seen and been to has a vast array of bulky scarves and cowls. Bulky yarns scream cozy, warmth and for a knitter – instant gratification. The temperature in the northeast has gone from 75 to 55 in the last two days. It seems as if we are skipping Fall completely.

I find it a little funny that I'm such a cowl maker this season.  In the past, the ones I've tried just didn't seem to lay right or they weren't snug enough to keep my neck warm.  I purposefully made this cowl oversized so it can be scrunched down much like the Luxe Cowl. I think that's the biggest difference between my older "fail" cowls and my new cowls – the scrunch factor.

I call this my Snow Cowl.

The details:

Yarn: Rowan Big Wool, 2 balls, color Polar
Needles: US 13, 24in circulars

CO 60 stitches -Place Marker and join for working in the round

Rnd 1 & 2: knit
Rnd 3 & 4: *K1, P1* repeat * * to end of round
Rnd 5 & 6: knit
Rnd 7 & 8: *P1, K1* repeat * * to end of round

Work until cowl measures 17inches or until desired length ending with a knit round.

Cast off all stitches.

Snow Cowl

Enjoy.

Raveled.

Eye Candy Friday

Vest Sneak Peek

A sneak peak at a new pattern I am working on! It's a simple yet elegant vest made out of Rowan Cocoon.  After the Arrowhead Vest (which I'm also hoping to publish soon), I've been slowly embracing the process that goes into designing. I'm having so much fun doing things from scratch – even if it means I have to rip it out three times. Even now that it's completed, I can already see that I want to make a few adjustment before it's test knitted.  Such is the process!

I hope you all have fantastic weekends!

Penelope

Penelope

I have a problem.  It's not that I can't say "no", it's just that I don't want to.

Wanna open another bottle of wine?  Yes.

Wanna *bake some chocolate chip cookies tonight? Yes

So when my LYS got their shipment of Madeline Tosh Sock my eye caught this gorgeous light cranberry color – Wanna knit something with me?  Oh hells yes.

Those two skeins barely touched the shelf  before I grabbed and clutched them close to my chest saying, "Mine."  See, I told you I have a problem.

The wheels in my head began turning.  I imagined a wide drapy scarf I could wear either once wrapped around my neck or nice and snug – depending on my mood and the cold Jersey air.

Penelope

I took out my trusty Barbara Walker Stitch Treasury (vol. 1) and found a perfect and simple lace patten.  Turns out it's such a popular stitch pattern that there was already a scarf using it called the Strangling Vines Lace Scarf on Ravelry.

What I used:
Two balls of Madeline Tosh, Amber Trinket
Needles: US 5 
Raveled 

Penelope

I call my scarf Penelope after a cute restaurant in midtown Manhattan that serves excellent chicken meatballs.  I went there a few weeks ago with my girlfriends and just love it's quaint ambiance.

The knitting continues to pile up on my needles and I keep thinking of more and more to knit everyday.

Wanna make a mini skirt?

Yup. It's a problem.

 *When I say bake, what I really mean is "take out the ready made Nestle Toll House from the refrigerator, break off a few blocks and eat them promptly out of the oven with a huge glass of milk."  

For the home

Mitered Pillow

Simple Mitered Cushion – 14 x 14
Yarn: Brown Sheep Cotton Fine – color antique
Needles: US 9s

Raveled.

A large unsuccessful sweater turns into a highly successful chair pillow.  Yea!  (It goes with a certain blanket too!)

Eye Candy Friday

Sunset in NJ

I had to share with you all the brilliant sunset I saw when I had to stay late at my school on Tuesday.  Just awe inspiring.

I hope to see many of you tomorrow at the NY Sheep & Wool Festival in Rheinbeck!  I will be sporting my "Tentenknits" Ravelry button in a prominent place!  I hope you will say hello!

ten. ten. ten.

10-10-10

It's here.

The birthday of birthdays. the big three oh.

and what a conicidence it's a perfect 10.

Good bye twenties. I won't miss all the confusion, the loss of direction, the akward beginnings of things. I will miss the sheer freedom, the fancy free nights, the feeling that you don't have to use mositureizer every moment of the day, the lack of grey hair, and the silliness. I learned how to knit in my twenties -  one of many decade milestones. (I did get married and got an apartment somewhere in there too 😉 This blog was born in the midst of my 20s and I'm so happy to have it as a place I can share what the next decade brings.

Thirties – I am so excited for you and the years ahead. I am ready and open for everything you have to offer. Bring it.

PS – My waffle wrist warmers are an original pattern. Writing up the pattern and hope to post soon!