|The longer version, worn doubled.|
Because knitting is so full of possibilities, a knitter should never say never.
Case in point, the Honey Cowl. I had seen this pattern show up several times on Kay Gardiner's social media posts and with her track record for knitting great patterns, I gave it a second look. I did not immediately cast on, however. I mean, a cowl??? I've knit cowls, designed cowls, taught cowls, but never successfully worn a cowl, much less loved one.
The Honey Cowl was a total game changer. The pattern accommodates multiple sizes and lengths, so I thought, what if? What if the longer version is as sumptuous and stylish on me as it is the models? What if this a cowl I actually like? What if this is a cowl I actually wear?
The answer to "what if" is simple: this cowl is amazing. I loved knitting it, I love wearing it--the drape of it, the length of it, the versatility of it. When I wore it to church Sunday, I got 3 compliments, and this from a rather cautious bunch who've been forced to appreciate my knitting for years. I am sorely tempted to leave behind the knitting of regular oblong scarves as a vestige of my early knitting ignorance. Scarves need constant maintenance and retying, but this cowl always looks good.
|The longer version, slightly over-lit.|
Unable to procure the Madeline Tosh yarn that the pattern was written for, I opted for a yummy merino blend by Plymouth Yarn Co., Happy Feet DK. Having worn my finished cowl all weekend, it is now taking all my willpower to not go back to my LYS and buy all of the Happy Feet DK they have on the shelf. And knit more Honey Cowls.
I also made a shorter one with a very nice acrylic, but the longer cowl is something I will most likely wear everyday this week. (My teen is already hanging her head and plotting a fashion intervention. "Variety, Mom. Variety!")
|The shorter cowl--short and sweet :)|