Thursday, 20 February 2020

The "It's Still Winter" Cowl


A quick post for a quick project. I bought this yarn on a bit of a whim one rainy weekend (when is it not raining lately?) and decided quite impulsively to make the Fennel Cowl from Emma Mitchell's book Making Winter, which I really recommend by the way. Lots of wonderful, seasonal craft and baking ideas inside. 

It promised to be the perfect in-between project, ideal for when I didn't have the energy for anything that required concentration or wanted a break from something I'd been working on for a while, like the jumper. Quick and easy, only one ball of yarn needed, and warm too.



I was drawn to the yarn (Sirdar Aura in shade 0139) because the speckled appearance reminded me of feathers and I liked the colour palate. I often find variegated yarns a bit of a gamble; it's hard to visualise how they're going to look worked up in a finished piece.


Luckily I love this. The pinks, greys and creams are cool enough to feel like winter colours, reminding me of bare trees and sunsets, but the smallest pops of deep pink/red and brown add warmth.


If I made another I'd go down a hook size, or decrease the pattern by one or two repeats, as it's a little on the loose side and would be warmer if it was a tighter fit. But it's loose enough to drape nicely and can be wrapped around the neck and tucked inside a coat to keep you toasty when the weather is wet, windy and utterly horrible, as it has been most days lately.


I hope you're all staying warm and dry and have not been affected by this dreadful weather. Here, we are a little fed up - a rainy half term holiday is hard work - and wishing for a little sunshine, but fine. 

14 comments:

  1. Looks cosy... maybe half term will end with some sunny days!

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  2. The colours and pattern are beautiful, but I know what you mean about it being a bit on the loose side; it's always a bit tricky with cowls, isn't it. If they are tight enough around the neck, they may be a bit more difficult to slip on over hair and glasses; if they are wide enough to be slipped on easily, they let too much cold air in around the neck.
    Still nowhere near enough rain has fallen in my area; there were only a couple of rainy days but we need plenty more to make up for the droughts of 2018 and 19.

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  3. The stitch pattern is so pretty and the colour of the yearn is so flattering. I have exactly the same problem with cowls too.

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  4. You look cosy! Stay warm and dry. It is just miserable where I am, not even the dog wants to go out.

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  5. Oh look at you girl. Such a sweet pic. A nice read with my coffee this very cold but sunny morning here in London, Ontario. Sorry Gillian, no rain for us at the moment. But it's coming next week. Cheers and have a very good day.

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  6. Love the colours! Somehow I really want to wear pink at this time of year after all the red at Christmas, and pink looks so lovely with grey. Enjoy your last weekend of half term, I hope the weather will be better than last weekend! x

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  7. What a perfect combination of yarn and pattern/project! Lovely

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  8. Such lovely colours for your cowl Gillian. It looks very cosy.

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  10. We have loads of road closures due to flooding and we are expecting more Ho hum! Love your cowl. I am thinking of doing a corner to corner project with a big ball - keep the winter going eh? Jo xx

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