I lied to you on my last post: I wasn’t completely lazy last week. It’s true that I didn’t turn on my sewing machine at all during my “staycation” but I did manage quite a bit of knitting. In fact, I finished an item from my list of things to do, and it’s warm-tastic!
This is Jen Geigley’s Gap-tastic cowl pattern available as a free Ravelry download. The pattern calls for 131 stitched casted on 9mm needles. Since I wanted my stitches to be tighter I used 8mm needles and casted on 151 stitches to achieve the same length. I knitted this baby using Malabrigo Chunky, a yarn produced in Uruguay which is a pleasure to knit with. The colour is called “Fucsia”, which of course means fuchsia in Spanish.
This is a super easy knit, and I just love the texture and definition of those chunky stitches but I must confess I also found the knitting a bit boring as there’s nothing too exciting about knitting seed stitch in the round. However the colour is so bright that it was a welcomed break from working on Mr. Stitch’s sweater. Funny enough the brightness of the colour also made me second guess myself: when I was half way through the pattern I started doubting that I would wear such a brightly coloured cowl, but I’ve decided that this will be an inspiring and warm accessory to brighten up drab fall and winter days. In fact, I have decided to enter it on Stitched in Color’s contest Celebrate Color. If you want to learn more about this contest and would also like to take part, hop over to this blog post to learn more.
The best part of this cowl is how warm and cozy it is. I have three words for the upcoming winter: bring.it.on! I may not be mentally ready for it, but thanks to my Warm-tastic cowl I’m definitely prepared.
On a somewhat related topic, Gail and I were recently talking about our knitting preferences. Gail often has more than one project of the go to keep things interesting but I like to work through my projects in order for fear that I’ll end up with a million UFOs. This is one of the few times that I’ve worked on two projects at the same time and I actually enjoyed it. Maybe it felt manageable because one was a rather large sweater and the other was a simple cowl. Truth is I’m not sure I would enjoy having two sweaters going on at the same time.
What about you; are you a one project at a time kind of person or do you have a multitude on the go at the same time? If you prefer the latter, is it difficult to turn your focus to finishing projects?