Sunday, May 23, 2010

Knitting with Handspun

Fat Cormo Cowl with Buttons 2

It was a really long journey for this yarn, but it's finally been put to some good use. Remember when I made it? I do. My lumpy bumpy yarn, which everyone told me I'd never be able to replicate. How true how true!

Cormo Handspun 2

Over the months I tried a few stitch patterns. Back around Christmas I considered a project based on garter stitch. It didn't thrill me. I even thought of knitting up a baby hat but realized this is my first yarn! It stays with me!


So when I finished the Wurmy Angelfish hat and I was all giddy with the awesomeness that is knitting with handspun, I pulled this yarn out of the handspun stash again and this time did a serious scan of the queued up cowl patterns to find a match. Quickie Cowl (I know!) was the perfect fit. Why hadn't I noticed before?

Fat Cormo Cowl with Buttons Flat Folded

With a bit of a modification to narrow the width and thus make it long enough to join with buttons, I was able to use up all but 5" of the yarn. Yessssss! I finished it up late one Saturday night a couple of weeks ago and the next morning I surfed till I found the perfect match - handmade ceramic buttons in a pretty light purple, perfect for highlighting the subtle lavender in the yarn. Be sure to check out Julie's selections, she has some really pretty colors in a variety of sizes - http://www.etsy.com/shop/pushingmybuttons.


Fat Cormo Cowl with Buttons

Somehow I knew when I made the yarn it would eventually be used for something to put around my neck. The yarn is so soft - Cormo is wonderful for soft squooshiness - and the fit is perfect. This is going to be a very cozy neck warmer indeed. But it will have to wait till the seasons turn again, and in the meantime I'll use my newest photo prop, found sitting on the sidewalk just up the block from my house on Friday evening. Discussions in the works on a name, Prudence seems highly likely.

13 comments:

Rose said...

Oh I really love that! So pretty. I'm enjoying the personal mitt club I'm doing and will be posting photos soon.

mick said...

Very nice!

Gale said...

Too bad we're you're going to have to wait so long to wear it. It's very, very pretty. What is Pru made of?

Sarah B. said...

Gorgeous cowl!

Susie said...

Perfection! I really love the buttons with it too.

Anonymous said...

Love the color, and buttons.

barefootrooster said...

why hello, prudence! welcome to the blogosphere! you're modeling a kickass cowl. it is the kind of thing that makes you want to seek out too-cold air conditioning so that fall knitwear can be enjoyed in summer.

Chris said...

That's beautiful! What a great project for handspun and those buttons are perfect. I should dig through my early handspun stash, too.

Cookie said...

Wonderful cowl and fabulous new prop!

anniesue said...

I think you chose a great project for your handspun! It looks wonderful. And I love the buttons.

friskylambpjw said...

Love, love, love it! I want to knit it too! I even already have buttons my friend brought me from Argentina.

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Oiyi said...

This is beautiful! I love the texture and love the color.

Katie M. said...

Lovely! The purple and the green are perfect together.