My current work in progress:

Sundew,by Martin Storey, knit from Rowan Softyak DK, using 3.25mm and 4mm needles.

Nordic Cowl

First things first, congratulations to Judy Exline whose comment was chosen by the Random Number Generator to win a copy of Lovely Knitted Lace: A Geometric Approach to Gorgeous Wearables by Brooke Nico. A big thank you to the publisher for supplying a free copy and to everyone who entered the giveaway.

So . . . what’s on my needles now?

I had a two-color scarf I started. I started it three times. The first time I started it as a double-knit scarf, but at about 40 rows in I decided it wasn’t working. There was not enough contrast between the two colors worked in double knitting. So I started it again, working it in the round. Well, guess what? There still was not enough contrast between the two colors. So I started it for the third time with some Kauni yarn. Lovely-looking and great color contrast, but 8″ or so into the project I decided that I wanted the scarf done in a softer yarn, so once again, abandoned the project.

I ordered yarn to try again, but in the meantime, I started this:


This is a cowl, knit from a seriously yummy yarn, Sun Valley Fibers 75/15/10 Merino Cashmere Silk Fingering, 400 yards per skein. The two colorways I am using are “Blueberry Crumble” and “Waterfalls.” The yarn is so soft and lovely, and the two colorways look so good together, a nice subtle contrast.

Ignore the pink at the bottom of the cowl — that’s a provisional cast-on. I am knitting this with a self-facing and will finish it off with a three-needle bind-off.


If you look closely, you will see that I’ve reversed the colors on the facing, just for fun.


So you can change the look of the cowl by turning it inside-out.

This is my own design, and I’m working the pattern up in three sizes: 21.75 (27, 32.5)” around. I am knitting the largest one and will easily get the cowl out of one skein of each of the two colors.

I am halfway through the facing at this point so this will be completed soon. Then it will be back to the scarf . . . fourth try!

While I knit, Loki is busy striking seductive poses.


He has a bit of a “come hither” look in his eyes, I think!


  1. Sexy boy! I love the colors of this new cowl, Wendy!

  2. I love the idea of of a reversible facing for a fairisle cowl. I just restarted a cowl because when I wore it all I could see was the stranding on the inside. Look foreward to seeing your finished pattern.

  3. I LOVE THIS COWL!!!! Can’t wait for the finished pattern…
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  4. catspaw says:

    That may be my favorite cowl ever. Gleefully anticipating the pattern.
    Looks like you’ll get a snow day tomorrow.

  5. Mary Lou says:

    Really nice! I’m awaiting the pattern publication with joyful anticipation!

  6. Love the colors and the pattern! Hope you’ll publish this one too.
    That Loki is one seriously good-lookin’ guy! And I think he knows it!

  7. Catherine S. says:

    Thanks in advance for writing up this pattern, Wendy. It’s one of my favorites. Still grinding along on my Britta Cowl, using a 5×5 checkerboard on the inside facing. I broke my beloved Holz & Stein 3mm ebony circ only to learn the company is back up & running again! And! they will repair my needle! O, happy day!

  8. Your current knitting project, the cowl, is gorgeous! One of the prettiest patterns I have seen in a long time. As for Loki, who could resist him?

  9. The cowl is really beautiful! I would knit that pattern in a heartbeat but I would probably attempt it as a doubleknit…maybe. 🙂

  10. Michaela says:

    The cowl looks great!!

  11. I agree that the new cowl is gorgeous. REALLY looking forward to the pattern.

  12. congrats Judy; lovely work Wendy; hubba hubba Loki!!

  13. That is a seriously beautiful pattern!

  14. LaVelle Nott says:

    Loki has really blossomed since you brought him home. I think you two are very good for each other. He looks so soft.

  15. WooHoo!! I am really excited about the lace book. Can’t wait to dive into it.
    Loki looks very “come hither” My Coley knows that look well. LOL
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  16. Great cowl! I love the way it will be two-sided. The subtle difference looks really neat.
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  17. Katherine says:

    You amaze me!! You are always doing such beautiful work, and working full time, too! I wish my thumb and wrist could last that long. Your work is beautiful, and your sock books are my very favorites!!! Happy Knitting.

  18. Beautiful cowl, and I love the reversible aspect.

    Ummm, Loki, what would you do if the come-hither look worked?

  19. Beautiful cowl! Love Sun Valley Fibers’ yarn, very pretty.

  20. The cowl is beautiful! Loki is really so much like Portia 😀

  21. Amy Williams says:

    Absolutely stunning. What a challenge!