I have my first finished project from my current Year of Projects list.
You may remember my Nightshift Shawl by Drea Renee Knits.
I enjoyed making that shawl, but it is a lot of shawl for me to wear as I tend to get very hot easily.
So, I decided to make The Shift Cowl.
Across my Instagram feed came a beautiful display of yarn from Gathered Sheep Yarn and, since they were having a sale, I purchased six mini cakes with this project in mind.
I loved the colors together.
I must say, I loved them much more together as above than in the cowl.
I think if I ever make this cowl again, I would use the structure but just do stockinette stitch and do more of a color block look with maybe a few rows of slip stitch to change to the next color block.
I cast on at the beginning of the summer, after the kids were out of school.
This was a great project to do while the kids played…it wasn’t too big or too hot to have on my lap.
I had a few times that my stitch count was off, but I just corrected it on the non slip stitch rows and it all worked out.
Off the needles it came and then a good soak and blocking.
(good representation of the colors-taken on a very sunny day)
It blocked to the exact measurements it was supposed to!
I used my trusty The Knitter’s Book of Knowledge by Debbie Bliss to refresh my memory of mattress stitch.
I stitched it up and it worked beautifully!
Now, I will say this yarn is a tad itchy even after soaking in Eucalan.
Does anyone have any suggestions on softening it up?
Regardless, I enjoyed working with this yarn and am happy with the finished project!
After finishing this, I started a crochet sweater for Make and Do…more on that later!
Have a great week!
** I want to mention that the yarn from Gathered Sheep Yarn arrived so beautifully packaged…it was a joy to receive!**