Thursday, April 10, 2008
A (S)cowl To Keep Me Warm
I am nothing if not a bandwagon knitter. That Ravelry 'friend activity' button gets perhaps the most use of all the fun features, next of course to the 'Needlework on the Net' forum, which is just basically one giant train wreck after another ("Magknits is gone! Conspiracy Theory at 11!"). Yes, I am constantly in junior high lunchroom mode looking to see what everyone else is doing, and then doubting my own projects, and casting on for whatever my pals are working on. It's sad, but it's working for me, as it's brought me to the newest craze sweeping the knitting nation: the cowl!
Pattern: The Dolores Park Cowl
Yarn: Malabrigo Worsted in Indigo, one skein, two strands held together.
Needles: Size 13 (that's what I'm talkin' about...)
Cast on and finished in less than one day. I am doing my best to give La Frick a run for her money!
I believe spring time is the perfect time of year to be sporting such a garment. The mornings are chilly and I must say that I have totally internalized the whole old world fear of having one's neck get cold in a 'courant d'air' or draft. So this baby is just perfect for me. And having Malabrigo around one's neck is just a little slice of heaven for this knitter! And the almost 13 year old wearing the (s)cowl agrees...
The above pictures were taken in a special little sweet shop called La Cure Gourmande in Aigues-Mortes, in the South of France. We were able to visit the salt planes where most of the sea salt is harvested in France and see the Camargue region, perched between Languedoc-Roussillon and Provence, a place that is known for its wild horses and herons. You can imagine that this store was complete sensory overload as it unabashedly yellow and orange and featured giant bins of every type of artisanal biscuit and cookie as well as chocolate covered olives (!?). Hard to believe that it was less than a week ago. *sigh*