My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


Camp Loopy Project One

I finished my June project for Camp Loopy last night:

The pattern is “Love and Happiness” designed by Amy Christoffers. I used Hedgehog Fibres Merino Singles in the “teacup” colorway. I had three skeins and I knit til I ran out of yarn. I haven’t measured the cowl, but I estimate it to be 63 – 66″ around. Big enough to comfortable go twice around the neck.

The yarn is delightfully light and soft, so I predict this is going to be a favorite cowl next winter. Cowls are hands-down my favorite winter accessory. As far as I’m concerned, there is no such thing as too many cowls.

By knitting a cabled design in a soft single ply yarn in a speckled colorway I was taking some chances. A soft single-ply is not the best choice for cables — it can be difficult to work the cable twists without splitting the yarn and there’s a good chance the resulting cables won’t have that nice crisp look. And a speckled colorway can really obscure a texture pattern. But this design had strong fairly simple cable motifs, and the yarn’s speckles were rather sparse, so I decided to chance it. I think the results are great.

Loki says:

My MacBook!”


  1. Shirley Gallagher says:

    I love your cowl, so beautiful. I’m sure you will enjoy it next winter.

  2. Dorothy from Kentucky says:

    Absolutely gorgeous. I am with you about coals they are great accessories. Aw gorgeous Loki too

  3. Your cowl is beautiful! I love cowls also. I have made myself many, and give many cowls as gifts. Loki is adorable as always!

  4. Michelle says:

    Beautiful cowl and handsome kitty!

  5. I love how the speckled yarn turned out in the cables, and you nailed it re why they work together: sparse speckles and simple cables.

    I like it so much I bought something similar.

    And the finished cowl has a nice drape – as does Loki. 😉

  6. Beautiful cowl! Those colors should brighten up the Winter 😀

  7. I agree your cowl is gorgeous in spite of the single ply soft yarn with speckles. I’m knitting a lace cowl for camp also.

  8. Linda Broglan says:

    This is my favorite cowl that you’ve done so far!❤️
    Love the color, teacup is the perfect name for this yarn color. It reminds me of dimity??? A fabric used a lot in the 60-70s, and decades before…has an open work striped weave and usually dainty floral patterns.
    Great combination of yarn color and cables, and the pink/rose is my favorite but would love to see in violet/lavender or blues color.❤️

  9. Ditto, a truly lovely cowl! Good choice, the speckled yarn actually enhances the cables rather than obscuring them.
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  10. Wow! I can’t get over how much I LOVE that cowl! I’m not very ‘girly’ and I’m not a big fan of pink, but that cowl…. It’s so feminine without being sissy. I just love it!