Cambrian Cowl

My first (and only planned) Christmas gift is finished! I decided to keep it simple this year, and wasn’t planning on making anyone anything unless inspiration struck. There would be no forced sweat-factory-style knitting in my home this year! Not that I feel particularly obligated to give knitted gifts, I just have the good fortune of having family who really appreciate it when I do.


This year’s lucky recipient is PB’s babysitter, a sweet, smart, and energetic college student from Portland. She more than deserves a hand knit for all the TLC she gives PB.  I hope she enjoys wearing it as much as I enjoyed knitting it.

This cowl is from Coastal Knits, and was a quick knit on chunky yarn. My gauge was off from the pattern (Ravelry notes here), so I had to fudge things a bit, but it all worked out in the end. The tweedy sage green Imperial Native Twist yarn was soft to begin with, but got even more so after a lovely bath. The buttons are a new favorite from  One of a Kind Buttons, and the main reason I chose this pattern; chunky yarn and buttons together? Yes, please. Oh, and the yarn buttons are both from Oregon!

Are you making gifts this year? How’s it going so far?

Knitting Catch Up

I have been in somewhat of a knitting funk since opening Stash last month.  Overwhelmed with all the lovely yarn and patterns crossing the threshold of the shop, I have found that committing to one project is nearly impossible.  I have been casting on and swatching for a lot of things, but oftentimes rip them out and head back to the search.  When there’s so much of a good thing around, it can be difficult to narrow one’s focus.  So I’m trying to go with my knitter’s intuition and just cast on when the mood strikes, knit with abandon, and enjoy every stitch.  This also means that I haven’t really been finishing much…

Max is curled up on my open laptop while I listen, sip, and knit.

I have been on a cast on spree for both shop and personal knitting. These past two days off from work have been really productive knit-wise.  I’ve been spending a lot of time with PB’s Cowgirl Butterfly Astronaut Vest, and at this moment I just need to complete the second sleeve ruffle and the button band.  I also cast on for the Cambrian Cowl from Coastal Knits in Imperial Yarn Native Twist.  That bulky yarn is just flying off the needles, and is now waiting for me to pick up stitches and knit the flared yoke portion at the bottom.

While working on these two projects, I have also been catching up on podcasts (Stash and Burn, Knitmore Girls) and television (The Walking Dead season 2).  It feels really good to spend some time catching up on these simple activities in between the tasks and concerns of everyday life.  What are you watching or listening to as you knit this week?