Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Aaaaand it's upside-down...

What do they say about the best-laid plans?

I thought I would rush home at lunch today to take some photos of this cowl I finished the other day. I'm quite proud of it, because it's the first project I've ever knitted from some of my own handspun yarn. This is the yarn I spun from camel down with my takhli spindle a few months ago. I used Susanna IC's Nougat pattern - simple and quick. Since my yarn was a heavier weight than that called for in the pattern, I reduced the number of stitches and went up a needle size. Three days later, I had this soft, pretty cowl.

Except, I wore it upside-down for these photos. I guess that explains why I was having trouble keeping it up on my face.

Oh well. At least I got to wear my vintage fedora hat for something.

I inadvertently took advantage for the lack of elasticity in camel yarn by using a little more ribbing than originally listed in the pattern, and with a good wash with shampoo and rinse with conditioner, I had a super-soft finished object.

So, if you stand on your head, you get the full effect. Have fun doing that... and send photos of you doing it, if you choose to give it a try!


  1. Why is it upside down? The cables and shorter ribbing bit should be at the top? The longer ribbed bit is at the bottom to give a bit of upward oomph to the cable area?
    Anyways I think it looks fantastic! How cool is it that you have a wearable item from yarn you made!

  2. All the pictures I saw of it show it the other way up. I think the ribbing at the top makes it a wee bit too flexible... but then again, if that's the way I put it on, maybe it's more natural to do it that way up!

  3. I thought it looked fine that way. I still think it does! :) Oooh Camel. Never spun that. Maybe next year!

  4. Your cowl looks great even if you are wearing it upside down in these photos :) And the hat is awesome!!! Thanks for dropping by my blog:)