FO: Cait’s Cowl

I’m always asked why I don’t sell what I knit and I have a lot of responses (you wouldn’t want to pay me what it’s worth, people would expect perfection and I’m not perfect, I don’t want to…). But in all honesty, I like to make what I want when the mood strikes me. And more often than not I’m making something for someone else as a way to say thank you. Here’s a fine example. The other weekend I had brunch with friends and my girlfriend Cait was going to come and speak to my students that week. So when I saw her on Sunday wearing a super cute chunky green knit hat with a big pink pom pom on top I decided she needed a cowl to match.
Cait’s Cowl
Cait lives in DC and walks everywhere, so she’s a prime candidate for hand knits because she’d wear them and appreciate them on a cold day. Plus she’s a pretty awesome person who does cool stuff for work and gives great presentations to my students (I’m very lucky to have awesome friends). Last year I made her baby boy on the way a super cute cardigan but this time I wanted to make something for her. I knew I had a pretty close Kelly green yarn in my stash that would go with her hat (Knit Picks Mighty Stitch Bulky) that would be super soft and I still had some bright pink Ella Rae Chunky from this sweater I made ages ago that is super warm. That makes a perfect combo for a cowl – softness and warmth. So I pulled out the Beginner’s Brioche Cowl pattern I’d already knit a few weeks before and started to work on a lovely two color cowl for my friend.
Cait’s Cowl
By Monday night I was finished and blocking it so it had a full day to dry before I saw Cait on Wednesday for class. And with the beauty of brioche she can wear it on whatever side she wants to!
My brioche addiction is still strong…next I think will be a shawl with brioche in it but that will have to wait until I finish my two sweaters I’ve got on my needles. And speaking of, that Carbeth Cardigan is working up quickly!! If I get a little time to myself I might get close to finishing it this weekend. What are your weekend plans?

8 Replies to “FO: Cait’s Cowl”

  1. You’re in really good company on the Carbeth Cardi. 208 people have completed that piece and it looks like Isabell Kraemer also finished hers on Feb. 26th! I can’t wait to see the DWJ rendition of the CCardi! 🙂

  2. I read all of your posts and it makes my day. Your talent and creativity are inspiring. I’m starting to work more multiple projects and it’s great to switch it up. You’ve inspired me to try brioche. I’ve got some knit collage leftovers for a cowl!

  3. You are on a brioche roll! I love these colors together; they’re like watermelon. I just posted what I’ve been knitting on, a baby beanie that’s long overdue and only in a reliable, grey as the mum wanted a neutral.

    1. You’re so right about it looking like watermelon…and now I want to eat some! LOL

  4. I’m totally with you about not knitting for pay. The closest I come is trading knitwear for lessons from a friend who understands that my budget can’t pay what her teaching is worth — and who includes me in her class anyway. But as you say, it has to come from the heart and it has to be on my own time to be a satisfying project. I love the cowl!

  5. Just love the cowl! And love also the story about how you decided to knit it: to make a friend happy!!!

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