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.