Tassels are in Cowl

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A new pattern is available on my Ravelry Store, the Tassels are in Cowl. Its a very nice, very simple knit rectangle with tassels sewn along the bottom edge. Knit on large needles and holding two strands of yarn together this knits up surprisingly quickly. I made mine in one evening while watching the Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey with my mother.

The Cheshire Cat

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1Or, I can’t believe its not knitting!!

Yes my friends, I finally make a post that’s not about knitting! This one is an Alice in Wonderland inspired cat’s tail. The idea origionally came from a contest that I entered, that featured a “Chessie Tail” as one of the prizes, as well as a signed book by the author A. G. Howard who writes dark Alice in Wonderland books. While the tail matched the description of Cheshire in her books, it certainly didn’t match the Cheshire that is most recognizable, the pink and purple one from Disney’s Alice in Wonderland.

WIP Wednesday

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At the moment, the only project I really have on the needles is the semi-circular scarf from my Alice In Wonderland collection, Frumious Bandersnatch, which is going great!! I love the yarn I’m using, Mill Ends from Stitch Studio by Nicole, and the lumpy, uneven texture of the yarn only serves to enhance the project itself. However, before I offer up the pattern, I’ll have to figure a way to make the starting point, the middle, lay flat, mine has an odd bump to it, which I can’t decide if its the yarn or a mistake I made. I don’t mind the bump, but some people who would want to use the pattern might.

That’s actually the only pattern on my needles at the moment, surprisingly, because I’ve finished Twist and Slouch, and I haven’t yet started the scarf to match it, or the hat and gloves to match my Sea Witch Cowl.

Knitting Pattern: Sea Witch Cowl

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Look how squishy it is, how can you not love?

Look how squishy it is, how can you not love?

I’ve added a new cowl to my Ravelry Store! I call it the Sea Witch Cowl and it’s designed for that thick, squishy yarn that you bought on impulse and don’t know what to do with. Knit loose and on large needles for a fast and stretchy cowl that is very variable. Drape once around your neck for a simple and warm look, or wrap twice and around your head for a cowl with a hood.

sw 1I really had a lot of fun making this, I carried it to school on several days (it squishes down in bags, and is simple stockinette stitch, so it’s easy to work on during class) and my friends all loved the texture and feel of the yarn, Cottage Comfort. I also recommend it for things like movie theaters and car rides, times when you don’t want to need to focus too terribly much.

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Finished Project – Alassë Míriel Hooded Cowl

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I’ve previously mentioned this over on my writing blog, but since I just recently finished it (okay, not really recently), I wanted to share it with all of you!! My Alassë Míriel Hooded Cowl, which is beautiful and I’m certain will be great for the upcoming cold weather.

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I used Lion Brand Heartland for the yarn, and it’s unashamedly one of my favorite fibers ever. The draw string is Paton’s Classic Wool Roving left over from my Cable Cape, rather than a ribbon. Even though I chose to use yarn out of necessity, I think I like it and I’ll probably leave it.

Isn't the lace pretty??

Isn’t the lace pretty??

I did actually block this, it’s the first thing I’ve ever bothered to block, and it really did open up the lace more than I thought it would.

About the name: Alassë is Quenya (that’s Tolkien Elvish) for Joy or Merriment and Míriel is the mother of Feanor if you’re familiar with The Silmarillion, and in elvish means Jewel-Woman or Jewel-Daughter. Don’t let me ramble about Miriel or Tolkien, because I will.

If I were to make this again, and to be honest I probably will, I would do more repeats in the body of the hood, to make for a taller hood, and start the decreases sooner, but spread them out more, to make them more subtle.

That reminds me: I did alter the decreases. I found the five stitches at the back of the hood and marked them off. Then I decreased on either side of them, to make a wider area of decreases, and hopefully have less of a line down the back (like I saw in other projects).

My friend also made a version of this, and her’s is black. A few people have jokingly called it a Witch Hat, and I have to agree that it certainly reminds me of one (but it’s really pretty!)

Overall it was a great pattern, and if its your kind of thing, its definitely worth buying!

Work in Progress Wednesday

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Forgive the photo quality

Forgive the photo quality

My first WIP is my Sea Witch Cowl, a pattern I made myself. I’m not certain if I’ll bother publishing it, because it’s very simple, but I may choose to because it is simple, and built for lumpy yarns which are sometimes difficult to find patterns for.