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.