Friday, February 12, 2016

On The Needles - Feb. 12, 2016

I've been a little under the weather with a sinus infection and haven't done much knitting lately. It's hard when you find it difficult to breathe and are coughing all the time. My constant companion was a box of kleenex, a quilt to wrap up in and a cup of hot tea.  I think it's allergy related, but it's hard to concentrate or focus for any length of time. However, one day I felt a little better and decided to start something new. I bought this yarn at the quilt show in Paducah last year and they gave a free pattern with it.  The pattern is called Cloud Cowl and uses 1 skein of Bamboo Bloom Yarn.You knit the smooth yarn and purl the slubs. Even with my stuffed up head and on meds, it was a piece of cake.  And it goes fast!! The hardest part was casting on 100 stitches.  I kept losing my count and had to keep going back to the beginning to see what number I was on.

After knitting on size 10 1/2"needles with such an easy pattern, I'm not sure I want to go back to my tiny dpn sock needles.  The quick gratification of seeing something grow so quickly is motivating.  I love this yarn! The pattern says it will finish at 9" wide and 32" long..

My other project is another pair of socks that were started a few weeks back.  For some reason, I just can't seem to get these going correctly.  I think the color of the yarn is too similar to the needle colors and the stitches are hard to see. Somewhere I made a major mistake and had to rip back and then things were fine for a bit and before I knew it I had too many stitches on the needles. Now I am back to the right number of stitches on each needle, but I'd rather work on the cowl, so they will just have to wait a bit longer.

I'm going to Patchwork Times to see what others are doing this week with their knitting.


  1. Your cowl and yarn are gorgeous! Knitting quickly on big needles sounds pretty good to me right now! Hopefully you can knit your socks without ripping them out again. Great yarn!

  2. My allergies have been worse than normal, but, nothing like yours. I did learn how to chain stitch (crochet) last night, and even got part of the 2nd row added (looks terrible, but, it's a start). I had a hard time with just one hook. I don't think I'd ever be able to manage 2 knitting needles, other than stabbing myself. Have fun with the socks. Great color yarn.

  3. Oh that cowl is beautiful! It is fun to knit with larger needles from time to time... but I still love the little ones for socks. Have fun with both projects!

  4. Hope you are feeling better! Love the yarn for your cowl!

  5. I've had that trouble with yarn and needle colors. These days, I've got light needles and dark needles to choose from. It makes life much easier.

  6. Beautiful cowl! Love those colors!