I finished the Prickle Cowl some weeks ago, before I even started my summer knitting. I’m just now getting around to blogging about it, in large part because I decided I needed to model it in order to show it to its best effect, and finding a few minutes to take some photos proved to be more difficult than I expected.
This photo shows the colors in the cowl a little better. There’s a lot going on in this colorway: teal, indigo, turquoise, brown, forest green. I’m probably missing others.
This cowl’s origins go back to the Boston Marathon bombing. In the aftermath of that terrible event, I was driving around town, running errands, with the saturation media coverage droning on my radio. I was having lots of what-is-this-world-coming-to thoughts, when I drove by one of my local yarn stores. I decided to pop in to seek inspiration for a project that might put me in a better frame of mind (never mind that I had several other projects going and queued up at the time).
I wandered about the store, petting yarn. I finally settled on a skein of Mountain Colors Twizzle, an interesting silk/merino blend with a handpainted coloray (Headwaters, in case you’re interested). When I chose the colorway, I knew the finished article wouldn’t be for me. I decided that it needed to be a gift, for someone else. The gift to me would simply be the opportunity to knit myself out of my current funk. I took the skein home, where I could search for patterns to knit.
I decided on Prickle, by Huan-Hua Chye. It would be the perfect use for this yarn. I’ve never knit a möbius cowl. The pattern would thus be an intriguing combination of easy familiarity with the stitches (it’s not a complicated pattern at all), and the novelty of a möbius cast-on and construction. The cowl would be a pleasant diversion from current news events and would produce, in short order, a gift to be added to the knitted gifts pile in my sewing room.
I looked up the very helpful video by Cat Bordhi on the möbius cast-on and got underway. Over the next days, I watched the cowl grow from the middle outward. The kitten-soft yarn slipped through my fingers as I watched the colorways change from indigo to chocolate to teal to turquoise.
When I went to attach the lace, I noticed that my yarn ball had dwindled alarmingly. Would I have enough? The pattern indicated it would be close, but should be do-able. I knit crazy-fast, in a race to see whether the yarn supply would win out. (Why do I do this? Knitting faster doesn’t make the yarn last longer.) In the end, I had just 20 grams of yarn left over:
That was too close for comfort. If I knit another cowl with this yarn again, I’ll size down the needles so I’m not so worried about having enough yarn.