AHC Awareness, Cowls, my life, Patterns

A new pattern: the James Cowl (for AHC awareness)

Unless you were living without electricity I am sure you saw the phenomimon that is the Ice Bucket Challenge. It all started with Pete Frates, a former Boston College baseball player who was stricken with ALS and has decided not to raise the white flag. I find it's viralness so inspiring and very personal.

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As you may know, if you've been reading this blog or bought a copy of the Cowl for Nick that I had someone close to me who was diagnosed with ALS – the father of one of my best friends. We lost Nick over a year ago and it still stings. He was a generous, caring, funny and downright amazing man. He had a wonderful personality and humor that still shines through his wife, daughter, son and his beautiful grandchildren. He has left a wonderful legacy behind but, oh, how we all wish he was still here to enjoy it.

To see the world becoming more aware of this disease and seeing ALS organizations around the globe benefiting from heightened donations is amazing. I even got pretty defensive for all the cynics who didn't get it. Awareness = progress. 

I often think of ALS when I see my son going through his bouts of paralisis. I imagine that his frustration is similar to those who are losing control of their muscles with ALS. Both persons are so sharp mentally but their bodies are unfortunately failing them. Of course, AHC (Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood) affects a far less percentage (approx 350 cases in the US alone) and is not nearly as fatal as ALS but it still deserves attention of it's own.

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James Cowl
Yarn: O-Wool Balance Bulky, 2 skeins, peridot
Needles: US 10.5

It's with that in mind I give you the James Cowl. An easy, chunky cowl, knit up in no more than two-three days – a perfect last minute gift. All proceeds of this cowl will go to towards medical research in finding an effective treatment for AHC. In fact, 50% of the proceeds of ALL my patterns going forward with go towards AHC research. Right now all we have are experimental drugs and ideas of what can help. We need something more concrete.

I often reflect on the philosophy of "What do you love to do? What are you good at? Who needs you to do these things?" Well it's time I offer my talents to this group of deserving people including my amazing son. Perhaps that's why I was gifted with this knit talent in the first place.

If you want to donate or do more for our cause please visit CureAHC.org and AHCF.org to help! We are a small community but a hopeful and proud one. Our children are strong individuals and while they struggle with physical and mental road bumps, are the most inspiring people we have ever met.

Buy a pattern, get TWO, or three 😉 Make a cowl, gift a cowl, share this post and keep warm.

Happy Knitting!
Margaux & James

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Cowls

The Cowl Reigns!

Chunky Cowl

I actually had written this post way before I saw (and others pointed out to me) that my Luxe Cowl is Hot Right Now on Ravelry! I couldn't be more excited! It's a super simple yet lovely pattern. Perfect for the last minute knitted gift. 

I love me some cowls, too. As  I got a fever and the only remedy is more COWL.

"You get at COWL! You get a COWL! You get a COWL!" (Oh Oprah, who wanted a Car anyway!?)

**cough** ok, now that's out of my system…  

The original (and fantastic I might add) 5th Avenue Infinity Cowl! I may add, I think it was one of the first cowls to be published (Humble I am not today!?)

5th Avenue

The cozy and bulky, Snow Cowl.

Snow Cowl

Made from gorgeous and soft Fibre Co. Canopy, The Felicity Cowl.

Felicity Cowl

The Bulky and cozy version 5th Ave Short & Chunky Cowl

Cowl for Nick

The newest cowl in my collection, The Hudson Cowl.

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 Enjoy your cowl-bad self! 

xo
M

Cowls, Patterns

New Pattern: Hudson Cowl

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I'm happy to release my latest pattern the Hudson Cowl! I don't know about you but I am pretty much done with winter! I cannot wait to see grass again and flowers and sunshine.

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Hudson Cowl

Finished Measurements: Cowl comes in two sizes – 25"/16"length circumference for a close fitting cowl or a 52"/9.5" long cowl that can be wrapped around the next twice.
Yarn: Madeline Tosh DK (100% merino wool, 225yrds), 2 skeins needed for both sizes
Needles: US 8 (5mm) 16" or 40" circular needle

I find that the textured stitching reminds me of the 5th Avenue Infinity Scarf but is a little more challenging in that both rounds require you to either increase or decrease sts. It's a perfect cowl for an advanced beginner and even seasoned pro's as it will keep your attention throughout!

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Get yourself a nice pop of color and cast on today!

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Cowls

Sneak Peek: Hudson Cowl

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I feel like it's been ages since I've written up a cowl pattern! With the huge hit of the 5th Avenue Cowl you'd think I'd be all over this. Well, here's a peek at the newest pattern I've been working on – the Hudson Cowl. I like to think of it as the cousin to the 5th Avenue Cowl with similar texture and beauty. The pattern is being tested and should be out soon! 

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 It seems that I'm in knitting overdrive! I do have lots to share and it's very possible that when people say "nesting" I hear "knit like there's no tomorrow!" Ok I will. 

Cowls, inspiration

FO: Atelier Cowl

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Oh hey, you lookin' at me? Me and my fabulous and cozy cowl? Yea, I know you want it too. It's super chunky, oh so soft and I love it. I don't think I've told you all yet, but have been working at a yarn shop in San Francisco called Atelier Yarns. The 20 year old store is now owned by Amanda, who designs patterns for the yarn we sell.

Well, when Amanda whipped out this simple yet awesome cowl I had that feeling we all get when you see something you want to make rightthisveryinstant – fixation, obesssion,  a casual sensation to cast on.

Atelier Cowl

Atelier Shop Pattern #195
Needles: US 9
Yarn: Di.Ve Autmno, 5 balls
Raveled 

The yarn has a slight stripe to which adds to the dimension of the knit and purl sections. It's like a giant Wurm. The best part – the cowl is so stretchy that you can wear it as a capelet too.

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I am giving this cowl to my best friend Julie who just became a new mom. I figure it's one of those easy, throw over your head and get warm fast type of knits! No need to think any harder than that! And hello, easy holiday gift – done and done. You know me and CowlsObsessed.

You can order the yarn and pattern (#195) which is free with yarn purchase by calling Atelier Yarns at 415-771-1550 or email atelieryarns@gmail.com.

Cowls

WIP Wednesday: Grey Cowl

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A shop pattern from Atelier Yarns, San Francisco. Yarn is Di.ve Autmnno.

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And the winner of the shared birthday present is Ms. Willie Shultz! YEA! Thank you for all your kind words 🙂 This birthday girl has a perma grin!

OH and P.S. I am the guest blogger over at A Friend To Knit With spreading the word about Team Nick! Check it out. So much thanks to Leslie for joining me in this fight!

Cowls, Patterns

Felicity Cowl: Pattern is Here!

Felicity Cowl

Perfect for a beginner or an experienced knitter.  Rows are knit in the round and the pattern is very memorizable! 

YARN
Road to China Light, Fibre Company (65% Baby Alpaca, 15% Silk, 10% Cashmere, 10% camel, 159yds.) 
    2 skeins, color Garnet or your favorite fingering/sport weight yarn.

NEEDLES
US 6 (4mm) 24in circular needles or whatever you need to get gauge

NOTIONS
Stitch Marker

GAUGE
20 sts & 28 rows over 4inches in Flame Chevron pattern

$3.25

Queue It Up!

OR better yet,

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Happy Knitting!!

Cowls, design

5th Avenue

Patricia and I have a friend we call Diva Jess.  She's works in the fashion industry and always gives us the scoop on what the trends are.  She came into the shop like a storm a few weeks ago and told us that we HAD to cast on righthisverymoment for an infinity scarf. "They're Everywhere!", she said.  Sure enough in a lot of catalogs and magazines it's been hard to not notice the infinity scarf.  I have been so excited about making one for myself and here it is!

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EDITED October 2011

Pattern: 5th Avenue Infinity Scarf (my own – queue it up!)
Yarn: The Fibre Co, Canopy Worsted, 5 skeins
Needles: Size US8 [5mm] 40 inch circular
Gauge: 20 sts over 4" in pattern

The Pattern:
CO 240, make sure you're not twisting stitches Place Marker and join in round

1st Rnd: Knit all stitches
2nd Rnd: *YO, K2tog*, repeat * * to marker.
3rd Rnd: Knit all stitches
4th Rnd: *Slip 1, K1, Pass Slipped Stitch Over (PSSO), YO*, repeat * * to marker.

Repeat 4 rows until desired width.  My scarf measures approx 60 inches around and 10 inches wide.

For a chunkier, cowl like version – check out the Fifth Avenue Cowl!

ETA:  With the huge popularity with this pattern I though I would write a quick note to help those having problems.  The number of stitches never changes throughout the pattern.  Each K2tog is paired with a YO (as each Slip 1, K1, PSSO is paired with a YO) if you find that you are increasing or decreasing your stitches in anyway then you missed or added a YO.  In Row 4 you should be slipping the knitted YO from Row 2 and knitting the knit stitch.  In Row 2, you should be inserting your needle first into the knitted YO then the knit stitch for your K2tog.    I hope this helps and I'm really truly humbled and excited so many are making one!

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The scarf is so versatile.  It's long enough to wear it all cozied up around your neck or just draped low.  You could also wrap it around your head like a hood when the weather really gets cold.  Not to mention the yarn is luxuriously soft!  The only thing some people working with the dark Worsted Canopy may notice is that the yarn bleeds while you work with it.  I got to see the Kelbourne Woolen ladies yesterday at Rheinbeck (SO FUN by the way!) and they said the dye is set it just needs an extra soak.

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I plan on making many more for friends and family especially with the holidays coming up! And now that you know what to do Go cast one on rightthisveryminute!

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