The project I showed in its early stages in Wednesday’s blog post is now complete: Alice Starmore’s Oregon Cowl.
The cowl is part of a kit from Virtual Yarns and it is available in Autumn or Spring colorways. (Mine is the Autumn colorway.) The kit includes yarn and instructions for a hat, cowl, fingerless mitts, and gloves.
The yarn is Alice Starmore Hebridean 2-ply and in stranded colorwork it knits up to a gauge of 28 stitches and 32 rows to 4 inches using a U.S. size 3 (3.25mm) needle, which is what I used for the cowl. There are 12 different colors in the cowl, and some of the color changes are extremely subtle.
I made Starmore’s Oregon Cardigan in the Spring colorway, using the original Jamieson & Smith yarns and colors — photos here. Almost exactly 10 years ago. Wow. Time flies.
This reminds me of how much I love to do colorwork. It’s not extremely portable, but it sure is fun.
Next up — the Oregon fingerless mitts. I figured I could use a new pair, particularly in light of the Powers That Be cutting back on the hours they will be providing us with heat at the office. (This is a sequestration cut-back.) I picture myself Bob Cratchit-like, swathed in shawls, working at my computer by the light of one 40-watt bulb. Heh.
I started the mitts on Friday, finished them late Saturday night.
This is a testament to how entertaining I find colorwork to be.
And this morning I just barely started the matching hat.
I don’t plan to knit the gloves because I find that I never wear knitted gloves. (I prefer leather gloves.) But the kit has plenty of yarn for a pair of gloves, so I may make them at some point in the future.
Now I have to go. Lucy wants to watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer on DVD.