Sunday, February 14, 2010

You're A Gem Cowl

My first attempt at designing so I thought I would stick to something simple like this cowl. I've been trying for a couple of weeks not to get a decent photo and these are the best I could do. The question is should I write the pattern for this on my blog? (it would be free of course) I'm not sure that anyone would be interested. The cowl has a nice drape and I made the top a little narrower than the bottom by changing the needle size. The yarn was Lima by Rowan which was delightful to knit with, 84% Alpaca, 8% Merino and 8% nylon, and is described as a worsted weight. I used 3 skeins of yarn and had some left over in each color, though I think this would make a fine looking cowl in a single color as well.
Huntington Library was quite warm today with temps in the 80's I tried to find cool places along the path and stopped to rest in the shade when possible. The air was clean and so many plants benefited from our recent rain, they just couldn't wait to show me all their glory.
I loved these Red flowers against the blue sky.
The blast of Spring flowers in all their soooo vibrant in the brilliant sun.

Chondropetalum tectorum S. Africa
These flowers were startling - yes these are the actual colors, the leaves looked like chocolate the the flowers looked as if they were made of candy. I even noted the name to share with you. I will be posting a few more photos in the next day or two of a couple of fingerless mitts that I am knitting (didn't realize it would get so warm so soon). I'm giving a set to my hair stylist Kim this week along with a slouchy beret. Also more flower photos from my walk today.


pdxknitterati/MicheleLB said...

Pretty cowl, nice work!

And the flowers are gorgeous. Spring is definitely happening down your way!

Deborah (aka Mt. Mom) said...

80's? Wow!
Those S. Africa's do look like flat candy chips scattered on the ground!

Congratulations on knitting the cowl from scratch! Did you find it freeing? nerve-wracking? both? ; )

Natalie said...

Nice cowl. That Rowan Lima is really nice yarn. Soft and slightly squishy...perfect for a cowl.

The weather was spectacular last weekend.

cathleen said...

Beautiful knitting and beautiful flowers, Jean!

Unknown said...

Gorgeous flowers and I love the cowl!!!! Great job!!!

judy said...

Hey Jean.. what is the name of the tree with the red flowers? I saw them in bloom last week while visiting my daughter. We didn't know their name.