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Crofter’s Cowl – keeping my neck warm

Today I have an FO for you! I love, love, love this thing and I’ll definitely be making another one soon.

Pattern: Crofter’s Cowl by Gudrun Johnston (Ravelry link, only available for download there)
Started: October 23, 2008
Completed: October 26, 2008
Yarn: Malabrigo Silky in Teal Feather
Needles: US 8 bamboo circular and DPNs
Notes: I knit a total of 5 repeats on the first half and 4 repeats on the second half because I wanted to use up as much of the yarn as possible. I only have a tiny bit left! Yes, I actually grafted the whole thing together and it doesn’t sound nearly as bad as it was. It went by pretty quick. I’ll admit, though, that I watched that video on a ton of times, so I have the whole thing memorized ;o)

Here’s the whole thing, laid flat (no, I didn’t and won’t be blocking it):
Crofter's Cowl

Here it is on me:
Wearing the Neck Warmer

The only other interesting thing so far this week is that my odometer in my car hit 99,000 miles. I have a 2004 Matrix XR, so I’m averaging about 25,000 miles/year. Not too bad. The average according to my insurance agent is about 20,000 miles/year, so I’m only slightly above average!

1,000 miles to go

As for the Gable sweater… it’s coming along. I got some help at knit night last night and pretty much just continued on faking it like I did the yoke. I wrote down lots of notes for the yoke and now the neck shaping, so if anyone else is knitting the large size, I’ll be happy to share them (they’ll also be in my FO post for it). I’m a few rows into the hood now and I’m hoping it will continue to go well. I’m hoping to finish it up tonight!

We leave for vacation to Charleston, South Carolina on Saturday. I am excited to go and ready for a break!


I’m a thirty-something who lives in Cincinnati, OH. Crafting, for me, started young - I can’t even recall a time I wasn’t crafty in some way. My first foray into yarn was doing plastic canvas embroidery and making Barbie doll furniture. Not long after that I learned to crochet from a book my grandmother gave me after asking to learn what she was doing (she crochets, afghans mostly these days). After that, I took up counted cross stitch and then came sewing when I took two fashion design classes in high school. My mom had a sewing machine from my great grandmother and I taught myself to sew from patterns on it. I still use this same sewing machine today! I started knitting in 2004 when a co-worker was pregnant with her first child and I wanted to make something for her. I bought a “learn to knit kit” from Lion Brand for a baby hat and booties set. I did make the baby hat and booties (with very few problems) and ended up gifting them to the co-worker. I wanted to make a blanket, but I wasn’t quite able to get that done in time since it took a lot longer then I’d imagined! It wasn’t until the end of 2004/early 2005 that knitting really took a hold of me. Now I love knitting and almost always have a project with me, even if it’s just something small when I’m out and about. I like a wide range of projects depending on my mood. Sometimes I like a good challenge knit and other times I enjoy a lot of stockinette or garter stitch. I love Ravelry for keeping track of my projects and for finding new things to knit - I feel like I’m always spending time on there! It’s also a great place for getting to know other knitters, crocheters, and various fiber enthusiasts. In the fall of 2008, I purchased a spinning wheel from someone on Craigslist. It’s a Babe Fiber Starter, single treadle wheel and after a bit of trouble getting used to it, I’ve managed to spin up some fiber. In January of 2012, I found someone local that was selling their Lendrum DT and it came to live with me! The Babe now lives with Jen (aka piddleloop) and she’s learning to spin. I’m still trying to find time to spin along with knitting, crocheting (occasionally), and whatever else is going on, but I work it in here and there. I’m sure there’s something I might have left out here, so if there’s anything else you want to know about me, just ask :o)

3 thoughts on “Crofter’s Cowl – keeping my neck warm

  1. The cowl is gorgeous and you look great in it! I’m going to have to queue it!
    You are scaring me on the Gable! Once I finish the second sleeve (if I ever receive the circular I ordered), I’m going to send it to you to finish! ha ha ha
    Have a wonderful time on vacation! 🙂

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