I really thought this time I would come out on top. I stacked the deck in my favour. I negotiated a 24 hour head start so I was a quarter done by the time Lynn even started. It was a nice easy pattern so I didn’t have to worry about the BS being available to help get me out of a jam. Lynn was going on vacation and assured me that she was not going to have a lot of knitting time!
I was going to win this time!
Except that I didn’t. Friday night I received an email and picture from Lynn with the following note: “Hi Ladies, this is the finished cowl – unblocked. I really love knitting with this yarn. I used 5mm but cast on 100 stitches. having a great time, off to the smithsonian tomorrow.”
Ok, so that was a double punch. Not only did Lynn win again but she was going to the Smithsonian! I swear that if she had said she was going to the zoo, I would have fired her right then!
So, here are the pictures:
Both cowls knit in our new private label limited run Old Mill Knitting Amuri HD. Lynn’s green cowl is colour “Hamilton”. My orange cowl is colour “Jeffrey”. The pattern is called Present and it is a free pattern on Ravelry. Thanks Mademoiselle C for the great pattern!
The first of these yarns is called Amuri HD.
Below is my Woodstacking Cowl (pattern by Anne Hanson) knit in Amuri HD. The colour is Bloomsbury. This was a really fun pattern to knit (even though it took a little more concentration than I am used to) and this cowl is probably my favourite in terms of fit as it is nice and snug.
Classic Elite is introducing a new yarn this month called Chateau. It is known as Chalet’s colourful cousin.
This became our next ‘Old Mill’ knitting challenge, and there was no better choice than the ‘Coors’ Cowl’. Just like its cousin Chalet, Chateau knits up beautifully. Chateau is the same combination of baby alpaca and bamboo as Chalet and it feels wonderful to the touch. The challenge was a tough one, Beth is becoming a real knitting guru.
The hunt is over! Thanks to a wonderful LYS (local yarn shop), I have found that precious extra ball of Zara in the dye lot required. I finally had what I needed to finish my new sweater and I could not be happier. Zara was wonderful to knit with and the pattern ‘Bailey’s Irish Cream’ was very well written and easy to follow. I will definitely keep this cardigan for a long, long time. So always remember and never forget to purchase an extra ball or two because you never know if you may need more yarn; and sometimes a project can take longer than anticipated and by the time you realize you are short of yarn you may be out of luck.
So now the big question….what do I knit next? I have a feeling there is another cowl competition with Beth in my future.
This Saturday, September 14, 2013 is the annual K/W Knitters’ Fair!
Details can be found by clicking here!
For my first major project I am knitting ‘Bailey’s Irish Cream’ cardigan using Zara by Filatura di Crosa. I picked a really nice shade of grey. As I am getting to the end of my sweater I realized I miscalculated the amount of yarn I needed; I need an extra ball or two of yarn.
No worries I work in a yarn warehouse we have shelves of wonderful Zara I will just grab what I need to finish my sweater. Well think again; it has all been sold, there isn’t any left!!