I've been knitting! In the past month, I've made two cowls/snoods and I love them both. In fact, I may just pack away the rest of my scarves for the season.
These are both very popular patterns on Ravelry at the moment. The first is the Gaptastic Cowl, but I only cast on 107 stitches and it's 7 or so inches wide. I used two skeins of Malabrigo Gruesa in Polygala and I can't tell you how much this color excites me. I've been wearing this a lot and have received so many compliments. It's really inspired me to be impulsive: if I have sweaty-hand love for it in the store, I may love wearing it regularly, and I do!
The second is more typical Ali: neutral color, made for usefulness. I took an old cotton GAP sweater and unraveled it, which, to me, is sort of a magical thing. A whole sleeve in a single piece of yarn!
I wasn't going to go through the mind-numbing seed stitch again, so I opted for the Honey Cowl with Gap-tastic dimensions. I held two strands together, cast on 130 stitches, and knit for about 11 inches. I love how soft and drapey this is and, since it's cotton, there's the possibility that I may wear it thoughout the year.
So there you have it: One colorful snood to punch up the plain, neutral outfits I live in, and one neutral to pair with everything else. They're far from perfect—still working on not twisting stitches. The Gaptastic Cowl has two twists and the Honey Cowl one twist, but I'm gonna chalk it up to my learning curve.
There are so many things I want to knit. A beret, wool socks, fingerless gloves, and (eek) a sweater? Oh, I heart being a beginner: Everything seems possible.
Hope you're all well. There's a dress on the cutting table -- more on that soon!
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