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?

Yarn Along:: Page Turners and Simple Knits

From small things:  Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs. I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading? 

This week I am reading The Rest of Her Life by Laura Moriarty.  At first glance you think this book is going to be about a family’s fallout after a deadly car accident. And that part of the story is complex, touching and challenging, to be sure. The flashbacks to the narrator’s childhood and early married life is what is really resonating with me, however. It all works together to make a story that is rife with the complexities of parent-child relationships, parenting, and marriage.  While it’s not the most cheerful book ever written, it is one that I am consistently staying up past my bedtime to read, and that’s always fun!

On the needles is a sweet little dress from Phoebe’s Sweater, a book I first learned about when Ginny made her daughter the namesake sweater. While I aim to make PB the charming hooded sweater coat at some point, making the mouse doll and dress is more my speed these days. Yarn is Imperial Yarn Columbia 2-ply from Stash.

What’s on your nightstand and needles this week?